Run the half marathon

Please note that the information on this page for the 2021 event is currently under review and is subject to change as Public Health and Local Authority guidelines change.

Enter the race

You can enter the 2021 race here.

Date & start time

The race date for 2021 is Sunday 27th June. Details of the event are still in the planning stages, but the information below from 2020 may help.

Start & finish area

The start and finish of the race is on Madeira Drive next to the Steve Ovett statue. You can see maps of the full course and the race village here. The race start time is 9.30am, but we advise all runners to be in start pens for 8:30am.

Race timings (TBC)

07:00    Race village and helpdesk, and race registration marquees open (NB: find the race registration marquee close to Yellowave beach volleyball courts on the pavement)

09:00    Half Marathon runners proceed to start pens

09:00    Brighton Half Youth Race starts

09:27    Wheelchair Race starts

09:30   The Brighton Half Marathon starts

14:00    Race village closes

Youth Race

Find out more about the race here.


We have drinks stations in miles 2, 6, 8 and 11 where water in cups is available. High5 will also be available in miles 8 and 11.

Sports massage

Massage is available to book in our Shop. Drop-ins will be available on race day, subject to availability. The massage marquee can be found in the race village on Madeira Drive, on the beach side.

Sports taping

Sports taping will be available on race morning for any last-minute injury niggles. Head to the massage marquee in the race village – the marquee is located on the beach close to Yellowave Beach Volleyball Cafe.


If you’re keen to achieve a certain target time for the race, we’ll have a team of pacers on race day pacing sub 3:00, sub 2:45, 2:30, sub 2:15, sub 2 hour, sub 1:45 and sub 1:30 hours to help you reach your goal. Find out more about our pacing team from RunBrighton.

Park & Ride

Details about Park & Ride will be available soon.


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 and Peter Pan playground there are portable toilets and urinals at the following locations on Madeira Drive adjacent to the start pens.


The baggage marquee will be clearly marked in the race village. Rather than accessing via Madeira Drive, we encourage runners to access baggage from the road overhead, Marine Parade, to avoid crowds. Inside your race pack you’ll find a baggage label. If you wish to use our baggage facility this should be looped around the handle of your bag before handing it over.

Charity village

If you are running for one of our official charities you will be sent instructions from your charity about where to go on the day to meet your supporting team.

Lost/missing race numbers

Race numbers are sent in the month ahead of the race. If you don’t receive your race number, please pick up your number from the Help Desk in race village. The team at help desk will have a list of everyone who has entered.

First aid

There is first aid cover across the course, close to each mile marker, and in addition there will be medics on motorbikes and in ambulances. There are treatment points at the start/finish area, plus one on Hove Lawns in the middle of the race to ensure your safety. Please make sure you fill in the medical information at the back of your race number.


We know that some runners enjoy listening to music while running, however we encourage you not to use earphones on race day to ensure you hear any medical alerts and instructions from marshals. We also don’t want you to miss the crowd support and entertainment along the route!

A sustainable race

The Brighton Half Marathon is working hard to become a truly sustainable race. We believe it’s important and hope you do too!

For over ten years we have been recycling as much as possible from the race – we recycle all the plastic and cardboard, including the bottles used at the drinks stations. These are some of the actions we take each year:

  • We hire in large recycling bins which are placed adjacent to each fuel station.
  • We have an initial clear up of the areas by each fuel station by volunteers.
  • We contract in City Clean, the Local Authority in-house provider to support us on race day so that all waste from the event is removed in line with the Local Authority rules on recycling across the city.
  • Wherever possible we use local suppliers to help reduce delivery miles.
  • All lost property eventually goes to our Sussex Beacon shops.