Race Entry FAQ

Can I buy hoodies and T-shirts?

You can order hoodies and T-shirts when you register for the race, or in our online shop:
https://brighton-half.eventize.co.uk/e/2023-brighton-half-marathon-7869/products

Can I get a refund, defer or transfer my registration?

Unfortunately we do not offer refunds, deferrals or transfers. The full terms & conditions that each of our runners checks at point of registration can be found here: http://brightonhalfmarathon.com/race-day/rules/

What should I do if I lose my race number?

If you lose your race number and/or your timing chip please come to the help desk on the race day to have another re-issued. For the 2023 race, the help desk is open on Saturday 26th from 2-4pm and from 7:00am on race day until the race starts. The help desk location is close to Brighton Palace Pier - it is the first marquee you will come across walking east (ie, towards the Marina). To have another pack re-issued you must bring proof of entry, this can be a confirmation email or bank statement. PLEASE NOTE WE ONLY HAVE A LIMITED NUMBER OF REPLACEMENT PACKS WHICH WILL BE ISSUED ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS

What happens if my race pack doesn’t arrive in time?

You will be able to pick one up on the Saturday before race day from 2-4pm, or on race day from 7.00am from the help desk in the race village on Madeira Drive – please bring proof of entry. The help desk location is close to Brighton Pier - it is the first marquee you will come across walking east (ie, towards the Marina).

Are there entries on the day of the race?

No

I have move house/changed address since entering. Can I change my contact details?

Yes, you can either go into your profile to update your details, or contact us at half.marathon@sussexbeacon.org.uk.

Can I enter a friend?

Yes but we require separate email addresses and mobile phone numbers

When will I receive the T-shirt/hoodie I ordered?

If you have ordered a 2023 T-shirt or hoodie, this will be sent out from the summertime. Please email the race team for more details: half.marathon@sussexbeacon.org.uk.

When will I receive my race number?

Race packs, including your race number with timing chip attached and luggage tag will be sent to you at least 2 weeks before the race. For missing numbers, you will be able to pick one up on the Saturday before race day from 2-4pm, or on race day from 7.00am from the help desk in the race village on Madeira Drive – please bring proof of entry. The help desk location is close to Brighton Pier - it is the first marquee you will come across walking east (ie, towards the Marina).

Can I amend my entry?

Yes, you can either go into your profile to update your details, or contact us at half.marathon@sussexbeacon.org.uk.

How do I know if my online entry worked?

You should receive an automated email confirmation from the Brighton Half Marathon. Please check your junk folder if this doesn't arrive as they can occasionally end up as spam emails.

Is there a minimum age limit?

For the main half marathon, entrants need to be 17 on race day.

Take Part FAQ

My timing chip didn’t work – can you help?

Occasionally there can be issues with a timing chip in the race. When this happens, we work with our timing provider to help you get an accurate time in the event. Please contact the race team at half.marathon@sussexbeacon.org.uk for more assistance with this, telling us your name and race number.

Can I get more detail on the Park & Ride service?

You can book Park & Ride when you register for the race, or in our online shop:
https://brighton-half.eventize.co.uk/e/2023-brighton-half-marathon-7869/products

It is open to runners and non-runners, but runners will take priority to ensure they can arrive in the race in good time. Bookings are made per car, rather than per person. 

If you have booked our Park & Ride facility you will find your QR code in your booking profile and confirmation email. This will also be emailed to you ahead of race day.

The location for Park & Ride for 2023 is yet to be confirmed. The site will open at 6:30am, with the first buses leaving for race village at 07:00. Any vehicles left on site after this time may be removed to enable the site to re-open. The Park & Ride site is fully managed by our stewarding company, so please follow their directions to your parking space. Please show your QR code to the steward as you arrive at the car park to avoid any hold ups.

What road closures are in place on race day?

Road closures are detailed on this page: http://brightonhalfmarathon.com/race-day/the-course/ and on the Brighton & Hove Council website at: https://www.brighton-hove.gov.uk/content/parking-and-travel/journeyon/latest-travel-news

Can my friends and family book Park & Ride?

Yes, though please be aware that the Park & Ride service is runner-priority. Bookings are made per car, rather than per person. 

How do I book Park & Ride?

You can book Park & Ride when you register for the race, or in our online shop:
https://brighton-half.eventize.co.uk/e/2023-brighton-half-marathon-7869/products

It is open to runners and non-runners, but runners will take priority to ensure they can arrive in the race in good time. Bookings are made per car, rather than per person. 

If you have booked our Park & Ride facility you will find your QR code in your booking profile and confirmation email. This will also be emailed to you ahead of race day.

The location for Park & Ride for 2023 is yet to be confirmed. The site will open at 6:30am, with the first buses leaving for race village at 07:00. Any vehicles left on site after this time may be removed to enable the site to re-open. The Park & Ride site is fully managed by our stewarding company, so please follow their directions to your parking space. Please show your QR code to the steward as you arrive at the car park to avoid any hold ups.

Where is the best place to watch the race from?

Marine Parade and Hove Lawns enable you to see the race going both ways

When and where will the race results be published?

The results will be available online shortly after the race on our results page:
https://www.brightonhalfmarathon.com/news/results/

Can I run in fancy dress?

Yes but we recommend practising in your costume beforehand.

Are any of the roads closed?

Yes all the roads used during the race are closed

Is there a time limit on finishing the race?

We welcome participants of all abilities in the race. The sweeper bus will follow runners on a 3.5 hour running schedule. Runners falling behind this schedule will be asked to run on the pavement.

Are toilets available on the route?

We know there can never be enough toilets, but we try to ensure that you don’t have to queue too long on race day. In addition to the existing public toilets at the Colonnade Cafe, Peter Pan playground and along Hove Promenade, there are portable toilets and urinals on Madeira Drive adjacent to the start pens, close to our baggage service and at all four drinks stations along the route.

Disabled toilets
Disabled toilets are available in each block of toilet facilities in race village and at each of the four drinks stations. There are also public toilets along Hove Prom.

Are there mile/km markers on the course?

There are mile markers at each mile.

How long is the course?

The half marathon course is 21.1K or 13.1 miles.

Are there any first aid points on the course?

Our first aid service is provided by Enhanced Care Services. There is cover across the course. There is a treatment point at the start/ finish area, plus roving medics on bikes in the course to ensure your safety. Please ensure you fill in the medical information on the back of your race number.

What refreshments are available out on the course?

Please bring your own water/hydration if you can, to help prevent gathering at the drinks stations on the course. There will be four drinks stations along the 13.1 mile route, with water at each. You’ll find water stations in miles 3 and 6 and HIGH5 and water in miles 8 and 11.

Are pacers available?

Our training provider RunBrighton will be providing our pace team and there will be pacers for 1hr 30mins / 1hr 45mins / 2hrs / 2hrs 15mins / 2hrs 30 mins / 2hrs 45mins / 3hrs. You can meet the pacers for 2022 here:
https://www.runbrighton.com/pace-team/

My estimated finishing time doesn’t reflect my current fitness level. Should I change start pens?

No please stick to your colour zone but move to the back or front of the zone depending on your fitness level.

How does the race start work?

All competitors are issued with a colour coded race number that reflects their estimated finish time. You should only start in the allocated colour/time zone. This will help prevent you going too quickly or slowly at the start. Your time starts when you pass under the gantry so don’t worry if it takes a while to get to the start line.

Where are the car parks?

There is no parking on Madeira Drive, and the course route will be closed from early in the morning. There are NCP car parks in the centre of Brighton and there is on-street parking. There are also private car parking spaces available to book at yourparkingspace.co.uk. The race starts at 9:00am. Please note we do not accept late starters, anyone crossing the line after 9:15am will not have their time included in the race results

Is there a bus/train station nearby?

If you are coming from the station take Queens Road south to the seafront, turn left and head towards Brighton Pier. The start will be clearly visible on the east side of the pier.

Where is the start?

Madeira Drive, Brighton