Race Day 2020

23 February

Run for The Sussex Beacon

Run for The Sussex Beacon for a race experience you will 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

To join the team, choose Sussex Beacon Charity Entry on the registration page, for the discounted price of £30 to celebrate 30 years of the Brighton Half Marathon.


Your place will require you to fundraise a minimum of £150 for The Sussex Beacon, and entitles you to all the fantastic benefits of running for Team Beacon. If you already have a general entry into the race but would like to join our team, email rosie.hemming@sussexbeacon.org.uk to be welcomed into Team Beacon.


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? Email our Challenge Events Fundraiser, Rosie Hemming or call on 01273 694222.

Now all that’s left to do is train and fundraise – good luck!

Team Beacon Cheer Squad

If you want to support The Sussex Beacon and be part of the incredible atmosphere of race day without running 13.1 miles, or if you have a family member or friend running in the race, sign up to cheer for Team Beacon!

The Team Beacon Cheer Squad members will each get a Team Beacon T-shirt to collect on race morning, before heading to a dedicated viewing spot to cheer on and motivate our runners to keep going towards that finish line.

To join the Team Beacon Cheer Squad, please email our Challenge Events Fundraiser at rosie.hemming@sussexbeacon.org.uk or call on 01273 694222.

We know you will have a fantastic experience with Team Beacon, but if you don’t believe us, hear it from the runners themselves!

“Great loos! Wonderful friendly volunteers, I made a new friend too”

“It was amazing. So supportive and welcoming! Toilets were a bonus!”

“Was brilliant, very well organised, everyone was lovely, facilities were brilliant and would definitely recommend your charity to everyone”

Feeling so pumped and really enjoyed the run. Awesome day!”

Just wanted to say such a big thank-you to Team Beacon and the fabulous support staff on the day. All so lovely and encouraging and the snacks and hot drinks were so appreciated.”

“There was quality support before and after. On the day itself nerves were kept at a bare minimum because of the facility of the tent and helpful volunteers”

“It was a privilege to run for the Beacon again this year – It’s great! Your communications are great, and receiving a hand signed Christmas card is a lovely thing. Only to add a trivial point, I’ll buy a hoodie every year regardless, but the quality of them this year was really good! Until 2020….”

“This was my first running event ever, and my chip time was 1h 43, so I can’t be happier. The support at the tent was amazing, thanks a lot.”

“Thanks for organising a great event! See you all again next year!”

“Excellent! Warm and friendly staff that helped me as I hobbled in from the race. And very useful to have dedicated facilities for luggage etc”

“I’ll be running for the Beacon every year. I attended the i360 night which was fab and all along the support was second to none!”

I thought the whole event and day was very well organised. Everyone was very friendly and helpful, and instructions and information sent to me via email from The Sussex Beacon was accurate, informative and very helpful. Would definitely run this again and support The Sussex Beacon again.

Thank you very much for the opportunity to run in the Brighton Half Marathon and I would like to do so for The Sussex Beacon again next year.

“Lovely team to be a part of – actually felt part of a team which I haven’t before with other charities – I think this was down to the contact and events before and after the event itself”

“Great team spirit and very welcoming to first timers and nervous amateurs!”

“I thoroughly enjoyed running for Team Beacon and without a doubt would run it for you again. Very well organised and everyone was very friendly. And it was my first half marathon! Thank you.”

Latest news: Glencairn Consulting Donation Booster starts now!

We are celebrating 30 years of the Brighton Half Marathon! To mark the occasion, on the 30th of every month before race day, one lucky Team Beacon runner could win a £30 donation to their JustGiving page AND a £30 Runners Need Gift Card, all from the wonderful Glencairn Consulting.

So how do you win? All you have to do, is receive the highest value of donations to your JustGiving page within that calendar month before midnight on the 29th.

Glencairn Consulting are offering this amazing prize in October, November, December and January! That’s four chances to win. So it’s time to spread the word about your mighty challenge by sharing your JustGiving link with friends, family and colleagues. Find full details on The Sussex Beacon website.