Race Day

24 February 2019


Getting to Brighton & Hove is easy but it’s good to be prepared for race day by getting your travel arrangements sorted as soon as possible.

The city is served by a direct rail link from London, the Eurostar Service at St Pancras, as well as being easily accessible from the major ports of Dover, Portsmouth, Southampton and the local port of Newhaven.

The start and finish is situated on Madeira Drive on Brighton seafront between Brighton Pier and Brighton Marina.


There is no parking on Madeira Drive, and the course will be closed from 8:15am. We run a Park & Ride service, which you can book in our Shop. We will confirm the location of Park & Ride later in the year once it is confirmed.

Parking in the city: If you are looking to park in the city, there are NCP car parks in the centre of Brighton and roads close to race village where you may be able to park – please note however that these get busy so we advise arriving early. There are also private car parking spaces available to book at yourparkingspace.co.uk.


Please be aware that there are major rail engineering works between Three Bridges and Brighton on the weekend of race day 2019 (and in the week leading up to the event). The main line will be closed, with rail replacement buses operating south of Gatwick. Network Rail assure us that Brighton is still very much open for business on race weekend and rail replacement services are planned for anyone coming into the city. To help all runners get to the race on time, we’ve been working closely with the council to move the start time of the race back by 30 minutes from originally advertised to 9:30am. For runners coming from London, we will also have special coach services planned – see below for more information.

If you are coming to the race village from the train 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.


To help all runners get into Brighton on race day, we’ve teamed up with National Express to run additional early departures from Victoria Coach Station direct to race village. The 06:00 service will drop you directly in race village (it will state Brighton Coach Station in your booking). Coaches will also call at Sutton Rail Station to pick up runners and their supporters from south of London. By booking the service you’ll get a guaranteed seat and you can choose a return time from their scheduled services to suit your finishing time. Find out more and book on the National Express website here.

Road closures

In order for The Grand Brighton Half Marathon to be safe for everyone involved we need to close some roads. We work closely with Sussex Police, Brighton & Hove City Council and The AA to ensure that there is minimum disruption across the city.

The following roads will be closed (timings are approximations only):

04:00-18:00 – Madeira Drive

08:15-10:00 – Old Steine, Marlborough Place, Gloucester Place, Grand Parade, Pavilion Parade

08:15-11:15 – Marine Parade, Marine Drive

08:15-13:00 – Kings Road to West Street (Westbound & Eastbound lanes)

09:15 – 12:00 / 13:00 – Kings Road, Kingsway (Westbound lane only)

Wherever possible, alternate routes will be advised and signed on the day of the event.

All the road closures will be staffed by event stewards.

Other roads adjacent to these roads may be affected.

All closure points will be marshalled. If you require more information please email: half.marathon@sussexbeacon.org.uk

IMPORTANT: Please note that the course and timings are provisional at this stage and may be subject to change.

Need a hotel?

See our list of hotels and B&Bs in the city, close to race village.