Race Day 2020

23 February

Run for The Sussex Beacon

Team Beacon 2020 runners

Run for The Sussex Beacon for a race experience you’ll never forget!

We are a Brighton based charity, organising and delivering the Brighton Half Marathon every year to raise vital funds to provide specialist care and support for people living with HIV. Not only is the event itself our biggest fundraiser, but we are also overwhelmed by the number of runners who choose to go that extra mile by registering a Sussex Beacon charity entry and fundraising.

We call these extra special runners, and all other supporters of The Sussex Beacon “Team Beacon”, because we work together, support each other and have a common motivation – ensure people living with HIV can receive the care and support they need when they need it.  Check out the fantastic reasons why you should run for Team Beacon below, including the exclusive access you receive on race day.

Over the last four years of the Brighton Half Marathon, Team Beacon has rapidly grown and over 750 runners have fundraised £105,000! Thanks to their dedicated support and generosity, we have been able to give specialist care and support to many people living with HIV. Every penny raised by each runner is fundamental to the continuation of our services for people living with HIV, which cost over £2 million a year.

Our work

Over 100,000 people live with HIV in the UK, a number which increases every day. With daily medication people living with HIV can lead normal lives, however many suffer with psychological effects and HIV-related illnesses, such as cancer and dementia. The complex combination of HIV and related illnesses require specialist treatment, care and support.

Brighton has the 2nd highest HIV prevalence in the UK, and access to specialist care and support is vital. With a 10-bed inpatient unit, The Sussex Beacon provides 24-hour medical and psychological care to people struggling with a new diagnosis; starting new medication; recovering from HIV-related cancer treatment or dementia, and provides family services and end of life care. Most of all, it provides a safe, comforting place for patients in their time of need. You can help us continue to offer support to those who need it most.

If you would like to learn more about our work, visit our website www.sussexbeacon.org.uk or get in touch.

Tom Oakden brought a group of runners to Team Beacon for the last 4 years, and here’s why:

“I decided to run for the Sussex Beacon as have some friends who have been served so excellently by you. To be available 365 days of the year, helping serve people in real need, I find it a privilege to be fundraising to support that, for our city.

“Sponsorship is so much more than raising money. There’s much opportunity to bring awareness that the Beacon is simply there, what you do, your history, and the reality of the needs that you serve. So many people seem to have an affection to the Sussex Beacon, a lot from personal association which is a brilliant encouragement.”

Reasons to run with Team Beacon

Registering with a Sussex Beacon Charity Entry instantly makes you a part of Team Beacon, check out the fantastic benefits of running with us:

  • Access to our exclusive Team Beacon marquee with separate baggage and toilets in the race village! Dodge the queues and enjoy yummy snacks and refreshments, motivational music and support from our volunteers before and after the race with your fellow team runners. Family & friends welcome too.
  • Opportunity for professional photographs with your medal and supporters (free to download).
  • You will receive a super technical Team Beacon running vest.
  • Invitations to Team Beacon training runs and events in Brighton.
  • Team Beacon Facebook group to virtually meet the team, ask questions and share tips.
  • A Team Beacon fundraising pack full of useful resources.
  • A personalized certificate celebrating your fundraising total.
  • Support and guidance from our dedicated challenge events fundraiser.
  • Training tips and motivation to help you achieve your goal.
  • Exclusive discounts and offers from corporate supporters.
  • Raising vital funds for charity gives you extra motivation to complete your challenge and makes a difference to the lives of those helped by our charity.
  • You will be a vital member of the biggest charity team at the race!

We will make sure you have an incredible race experience, from the moment you sign up, until the moment you receive your personalised certificate to celebrate your incredible fundraising achievement.

How to join Team Beacon

2021 places will be available soon – watch this space for more details.


Download our helpful Fundraising Guide which includes: fundraising and JustGiving tips and guidance, a printable sponsorship form, a fundraising planner, and a competition sheet.

Once you have signed up to the race, click here to set up your personalized JustGiving page in just a few simple steps so you can start fundraising!

Any questions? Call us on 01273 694222.