In 2013 the Brighton Marathon will be held on Sunday, 14 April - one week before the London Marathon.
This is the city's newest, major event. Former international athlete, Tim Hutchings, noticed that each year many thousands of applicants for the London Marathon were disappointed because the event is so heavily oversubscribed. He had a bright idea: why not hold another marathon in Brighton - otherwise known as London By The Sea. After years of lobbying and planning, the first Brighton Marathon took to the streets of the city in April 2010. It was a great success and IMHO the Brighton Marathon is here to stay - and will grow and grow in prestige and accompanying activities. 2011 saw the introduction of the Running and Outdoor Lifestyle Exhibition at the Brighton Centre on the Saturday before the race (admission free).
This is a huge community, charitable and commercial event. In 2012 9,000 plus ran the marathon, and another 1800 took part in the Grand Hotel Mini Mile Races.
In 2010 the men's race was run by Monogolian athlete, Ser-od Ba-otochir, and the women's race by the UK's Jo Bryce.
In 2011 the men's race was won by Keny's Philemon Kiprop Boit in 2 hours 16 minutes and 7 seconds, beating last year's winner by 3 minutes. The women's race was won by the UK's Alyson Dixon in 2 hours 34 minutes and 51 seconds, beating last year's time by half an hour!
In 2012 the men's race was won by Kenya's Peter Some, and the women's race by Belarus's Sviatlana Kouhan.
The race starts in Preston Park, tours the city, and finishes on Madeira Drive (running east); the 13 mile halfway point is directly above on Marine Parade (running west).
2013 Event: 4th Brighton Marathon, Sunday, 14 April
The video clip below shows the two lead runners (Philemon Kiprop Boit and Richard Bett Rotich) in the 2011 race as they approach the half-way 13 mile line. They flew passed! No one else was in sight. At the finish line below on Madeira Drive they were 25 seconds apart.