Race Day

25 February 2018

Half Marathon

Date & start time

The next Grand Brighton Half Marathon is on Sunday 25 February 2018. The start and finish of the race are 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 9am, but we advise all runners to be in start pens for 8:30am.

Race timings

07:00    Race village and helpdesk tent opens

08:30    Half Marathon runners proceed to start pens

08:57    Wheelchair Race starts

09:00   The Grand Brighton Half Marathon starts

09:15    Brighton Half Youth Race starts

14:00    Race village closes

Youth Race

Find out more about the race here.


We have drinks stations in miles 2, 6 and 9 where water is available.

Sports massage

Drop-ins will be available on race day. The massage marquee can be found in the race village on Madeira Drive, on the beach side.

Taping with RockTape

RockTape will be joining us on race day to provide taping for any last-minute injury niggles. They will be located close to the massage marquee on Madeira Drive, on the beach side.


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 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

Due to demand, we have two locations for our Park and Ride facility for 2018 – please see the details on our Travel page.


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. Attached to the bottom of your race number is a perforated baggage label. If you wish to use our baggage facility this should be detached and 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 February 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 help desk opens from 7am on race day, 25th February. The team at help desk will have a list of everyone who has entered.

First aid

Our first aid service is provided by The British Red Cross. There is 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 Grand 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 leftover Lucozade Sport and water is used to support both local running clubs and local charities.
  • All lost property eventually goes to our Sussex Beacon shops.