Brighton Marathon

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Brighton Marathon
2018 Brighton Marathon.jpg
2018 finishers' medal
LocationBrighton and Hove, United Kingdom
Event typeRoad
Established2010; 10 years ago (2010)
Course recordsMen: 2:09:25 (William Chebor, 2014)
Women: 2:28:50 (Eunice Kales, 2013)

The Brighton Marathon is a long-distance running event held annually in Brighton and Hove, England. The event was first run on 18 April 2010 and has usually been held in April every year since.[1] The inaugural Brighton Marathon was set up by former international athlete Tim Hutchings and local athlete Tom Naylor.[2]


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 saw 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).[3][4][5]

Runners during the 2010 race

The 2020 event was initially postponed to 20 September 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic.[6] It was later announced that the marathon would be presented in a "unique and revised format ... on the roads in Brighton & Hove" that would comply with coronavirus regulations, such as social distancing, on an undetermined date that autumn.[7]


Medal from Inaugural marathon in 2010

The first Men's Elite Race in 2010 was won by Mongolian runner Bat-Ochiryn Ser-Od with a time of 2:19:05. Between 2011 and 2014, the Men's Elite Race course record was broken consecutively by Kenyans Philemon Boit, Peter Kimeli Some, Dominic Kangor and William Chebor. In 2014, Chebor set the current record with a time of 2:09:25. Kenyan Duncan Maiyo is the most successful athlete with back-to-back wins in 2015 and 2016. In both races, he was less than a minute over the course record. In 2017, Stuart Hawkes became the first English winner and first European winner in the Men's Elite Race with a time of 2:27:36.

The first Women's Elite Race, also in 2010, was won by Briton Joanna Bryce in 3:05:20. The course record was broken for three consecutive years by Alyson Dixon, Sviatlana Kouhan and Eunice Kales. Kouhan became the first non-British winner with a time of 2:41:22 in 2012, and Kales became the first non-European winner in 2013 with a time of 2:28:50 – the current course record. Alice Milgo, Pennina Wanjiru and Grace Momanyi all continued the success for Kenya in the following years, while Lishan Dula became the first Asian athlete to finish in the top three with her second-place finish in 2015. Helen Davies became the first Briton to win in six years with a time of 2:42:40 in 2017, and he retained the win in 2018 with an improved time of 2:38:41.

Elite race winners[edit]


Year Winner Runner-Up Third Place Notes
2010 Bat-Ochiryn Ser-Od  Mongolia 2:19:05 Michael Coleman  United Kingdom 2:24:38 Christopher Thomson  United Kingdom 2:29:54 Course record
2011 Philemon Boit  Kenya 2:16:07 Richard Rotich  Kenya 2:16:32 Anbessy Tolossa  Ethiopia 2:16:54 Course record
2012 Peter Kimeli Some  Kenya 2:12:03 Dominic Pius Ondoro  Kenya 2:12:10 John Kelai  Kenya 2:12:44 Course record
2013 Dominic Kangor  Kenya 2:10:46 Bernard Rotich  Kenya 2:10:51 Robert Mwangi  Kenya 2:11:26 Course record
2014 William Chebor  Kenya 2:09:25 Dominic Kangor  Kenya 2:09:36 Wilfred Murgor  Kenya 2:12:17 Course record
2015 Duncan Maiyo  Kenya 2:10:15 Dominic Kangor  Kenya 2:11:52 Mutai Kipkemei  Kenya 2:14:41
2016 Duncan Maiyo  Kenya 2:09:51 Raymond Chemungor  Kenya 2:10:50 Edwin Kiptoo  Kenya 2:11:23
2017 Stuart Hawkes  United Kingdom 2:27:36 Ollie Garrod  United Kingdom 2:31:32 Jon Pepper  United Kingdom 2:31:56
2018 Stuart Hawkes  United Kingdom 2:22:33 Dan Nash  United Kingdom 2:22:55 Kevin Rojas  United Kingdom 2:23:54
2019 Peter Le Grice  United Kingdom 2:16:23 Paul Navesey  United Kingdom 2:18:17 Ian Leitch  United Kingdom 2:18:34


Year Winner Runner-Up Third Place Notes
2010 Joanna Bryce  United Kingdom 3:05:20 Cathy Ulliott  United Kingdom 3:05:42 Louisa Ruderman  United Kingdom 3:13:50 Course record
2011 Alyson Dixon  United Kingdom 2:34:51 Lucy Macalister  United Kingdom 2:40:35 Julie Briscoe  United Kingdom 2:41:09 Course record
2012 Sviatlana Kouhan  Belarus 2:29:37 Irene Chepkirui  Kenya 2:33:55 Holly Rush  United Kingdom 2:41:22 Course record
2013 Eunice Kales  Kenya 2:28:50 Alyson Dixon  United Kingdom 2:31:10 Frashiah Waithaka  Kenya 2:33:31 Course record
2014 Alice Milgo  Kenya 2:35:33 Selam Abere  Ethiopia 2:36:37 Rebecca Robinson  United Kingdom 2:37:41
2015 Pennina Wanjiru  Kenya 2:34:25 Lishan Dula  Bahrain 2:34:55 Eunice Kales  Kenya 2:53:50
2016 Grace Momanyi  Kenya 2:34:11 Asnakech Mengistu  Ethiopia 2:35:37 Peninah Wanjiru  Kenya 2:43:32
2017 Helen Davies  United Kingdom 2:42:40 Hayley Munn  United Kingdom 2:46:00 Helen Buller  United Kingdom 2:51:22
2018 Helen Davies  United Kingdom 2:38:41 Sarah Webster  United Kingdom 2:49:02 Sara Bird  United Kingdom 2:52:21
2019 Helen Davies  United Kingdom 2:34:08 Jill Collett  United Kingdom 2:48:16 Johanna O'Regan  United Kingdom 2:49:41


23-year-old Sam Harper Brighouse died during the 2013 race after collapsing in Grand Avenue and being taken to hospital.[8][9] The inquest ruled he died of bowel ischemia and a gastro-intestinal haemorrhage, brought on by an idiosyncratic reaction to hyperthermia, dehydration, endurance exertion, hyperosmolar sports supplements and ibuprofen.[10][11] The coroner stated Harper Brighouse's preparations for the race were appropriate.[12]


  1. ^ "About the Event". Brighton Marathon Weekend. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  2. ^ Bannister, Mike (26 January 2016). "Olympian, Founder of Brighton Marathon". RunBrighton. Retrieved 16 April 2018.
  3. ^ "The Brighton Marathon, London by the Sea",, 18 April 2010
  4. ^ Steve Hollis "Olympian wins inaugural Brighton Marathon",, 18 April 2010
  5. ^ D.D. Guttenplan "Brighton marathon a match for Boston", The Guardian (Comment is Free), 20 April 2010
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  8. ^ "Young runner dies after collapsing during marathon". The Argus. Retrieved 14 April 2013.
  9. ^ Smith, Vicky (15 April 2013). "Sam Harper Brighouse: Charity cash and tributes pour in for runner who died during Brighton Marathon". Daily Mirror. Retrieved 15 April 2013.
  10. ^ "Runner Sam Brighouse died after 'ibuprofen and supplements'". BBC News. BBC. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  11. ^ "Supplements reaction killed Brighton Marathon runner, inquest rules". The Argus. Retrieved 6 April 2014.
  12. ^ "Runner Sam Brighouse died after 'ibuprofen and supplements'". BBC News. 30 August 2013. Retrieved 13 April 2015.

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