Brighton Marathon

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Brighton Marathon
Brighton Marathon Medal.jpg
2010 finishers' medal
Location Brighton, United Kingdom
Event type Road
Distance Marathon
Established 2009; 6 years ago (2009)
Course records Men: 2:09:25 (William Chebor, 2014)
Women: 2:28:50 (Eunice Kales, 2013)
Official site

The Brighton Marathon is a road race run over the distance of 42.195 km or 26 miles and 385 yards. It takes place each April in Brighton on the south coast of England. The inaugural Brighton Marathon was organised by former international athlete Tim Hutchings and former Brighton club athlete, Tom Naylor. The first running of the race took place on 18 April 2010. The race opened to 12,000 entries, with 7,589 participating on race day. The course start line was at Preston Park. The route took in some of the sights of central Brighton before heading East towards Rottingdean. The race then headed west out to and around Hove, before returning on the seafront and finishing on Madeira Drive, close to Brighton Pier.

In Year 2 (April 2011), over 8,000 runners took part with spectator numbers estimated at around 120,000. The race has acquired the status of “Britain’s No. 2 marathon” for its profile in the national running arena, for its standard of race organisation and for the publicity generated by the event. More than two hundred charities had runners in the 2011 event and this demand has led to an increase from 3,000 to 5,000 in the number of places being offered to charities in 2012.

The 2012 event has seen a 20% increase on entries to an acceptance of 18,000, putting it in the top 12 running events in the UK. In September 2011, The Brighton Marathon was granted coveted Bronze Medal status by the World governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Elite race winners[edit]


Runners during the 2010 race
Year Athlete Nationality Time
2010 Ba-otochir, Ser-odSer-od Ba-otochir  Mongolia 2:19:05 Course record
2011 Kiprop Boit, PhilemonPhilemon Kiprop Boit  Kenya 2:16:07 Course record
2012 Some, PeterPeter Some  Kenya 2:12:01[4] Course record
2013 Kangor, DominicDominic Kangor  Kenya 2:10:46[5] Course record
2014 Chebor, WilliamWilliam Chebor  Kenya 2:09:25[6] Course record


Runners pass the Brighton Royal Pavilion during the early stages of the race
Year Athlete Nationality Time
2010 Bryce, JoJo Bryce  United Kingdom 3:05:20 Course record
2011 Dixon, AlysonAlyson Dixon  United Kingdom 2:34:51 Course record
2012 Kouhan, SviatlanaSviatlana Kouhan Belarus Belarus 2:29:36[7] Course record
2013 Kales, EuniceEunice Kales  Kenya 2:28:50[8] Course record
2014 Milgo, AliceAlice Milgo  Kenya 2:35:33[9]


In the 2013 race, a participant died: 23-year-old Sam Harper Brighouse of Camden collapsed in Grand Avenue and was taken to hospital where he was later pronounced dead.[10][11] The inquest ruled he died of bowel ischaemia and a gastro-intestinal haemorrhage, brought on by an idiosyncratic reaction to hyperthermia, dehydration, endurance exertion, hyperosmolar sports supplements and ibuprofen.[12][13]


  1. ^ "The Brighton Marathon, London by the Sea",, 18 April 2010
  2. ^ Steve Hollis "Olympian wins inaugural Brighton Marathon",, 18 April 2010
  3. ^ D.D. Guttenplan "Brighton marathon a match for Boston", The Guardian (Comment is Free), 20 April 2010
  4. ^ Course records fall in Brighton, IAAF April 2012]
  5. ^ 2013 Results: Top 50 Men, Brighton Marathon official website
  6. ^ 2014 Results: Top 50 Men, Brighton Marathon official website
  7. ^ Course records fall in Brighton, IAAF April 2012]
  8. ^ 2013 Results: Top 50 Women, Brighton Marathon official website
  9. ^ 2014 Results: Top 50 Women, Brighton Marathon official website
  10. ^ "Young runner dies after collapsing during marathon". The Argus. Retrieved 14 April 2013. 
  11. ^ Smith, Vicky. "Sam Harper Brighouse: Charity cash and tributes pour in for runner who died during Brighton Marathon". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 15 April 2013. 
  12. ^ "Runner Sam Brighouse died after 'ibuprofen and supplements'". BBC News. BBC. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 
  13. ^ "Supplements reaction killed Brighton Marathon runner, inquest rules". The Argus. Retrieved 6 April 2014. 

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Coordinates: 50°49′09″N 0°08′00″W / 50.8192°N 0.1333°W / 50.8192; -0.1333