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If you have a query regarding the 2017 Brighton Marathon please take a look at our frequently asked questions below. If you still don't find the answer you're looking for, then please contact the team via our Contact page.

How do I enter the Brighton Marathon?

General entries for the 2017 Brighton Marathon are closed. You can find details regarding 2018 entries opening here: http://www.brightonmarathon.co.uk/enter 

Last year I had a charity place but could not run. Will you still have my place?

The simple answer is No. Your chosen charity may have used this entry for another runner so you need to liaise with them directly. Most likely is that you will need to re-apply for a place with the charity of your choice.

Can I transfer my number to someone else?

The deadline for accommodating requests of this nature is 1st June 2016. Transfers after that date are not possible; you will need to defer your place if you are unable to run. It is against race rules to transfer your number to another person.  If you are found to gift or sell your place to another runner your entry will be deleted and you will not be allowed to enter Brighton Marathon in the future.

I can no longer take part can I receive a refund?

Refunds are administered up until 1st June 2016.  After this date NO REFUNDS will be available, only deferrals.

Can I defer my entry to the following year?

Please visit the deferrals page of the website for full information: http://www.brightonmarathon.co.uk/deferrals

When and where do I collect my race pack from?

Please note we do not post out race packs to participants. Race packs for all participants MUST be collected at the Event Village on the Friday and Saturday before Race Day.
Collection times are:
  • Friday 7th April 2017             11am - 7pm
  • Saturday 8th April 2017           10am - 7pm

Why do we have to collect our race packs?

In previous years many Race packs have not been received on time by our runners using the postal service.  This has led to an increase in work load for the Brighton Marathon team at the most critical period before the event and frustration for our runners.  

To ensure that we do not have the problems in the future we have decided to ask runners, or a friend, a member of their family, a running buddy or a colleague to collect the number instead.  This should ensure that every runner wakes up on race day morning with the correct information, number, race chip and kit bag. You can find more information about this here

What time does the race start?

The race starts at 9.15am in Preston Park. Please arrive at least an hour early to allow yourself time to find baggage trucks, charity tents and use the toilet facilities ahead of the race starting. Make sure you check out the travel pages for more information on getting to the event and road closures.

I need to change my personal details (address, email address and/or phone number)...

You can change most details by accessing your entry form via: https://myevents.active.com/login.jsf

If you wish to change your email address please contact office@brightonmarathon.co.uk



I need to change my race time to make sure I am in the correct corral...

You will be able to choose your starting race corral when you collect your Race Pack. This will give you the chance to choose your start time according to the time you think you will run once you have completed your training. It will also allow you to start with your friends or training partners. You can find out more here.

What fluid and fuel is available on race day?


Miles; 3, 8, 10, 11, 13, 15, 16, 18, 20, 24



Miles; 5, 12, 17, 22 



Miles; 6, 14, 19, 21, 23, 25  



Miles; 26.2



Will there be a Park and Ride service again?

We provide a Park and Ride Scheme for Brighton Marathon runners and their accompanying spectators. Spaces do sell fast, so be sure to book in advance. Please note that we do not offer refunds for these should you decide not to attend / use your place. Please check the travel pages of the website - booking is open.

I am thinking about staying in Brighton; where do you suggest?

Brighton has a wealth of hotels and B&Bs. We suggest that once you've entered, you book early to avoid disappointment. Please see the accommodation pages of the site

Can I use my iPod or similar device on race day?

We will not stop you from using a personal music-playing device whilst participating but we strongly recommend that you do not.

It is important that you are able to hear what is happening around you, including any emergency services that may be operating.

Please note that you will be held strictly and solely liable if found to be responsible for harm to yourself or any third party, as a result of wearing a personal music-playing device. However, we do recommend the earphones with bone conduction technology that allow the wearer to listen to music while still being aware of their surroundings.

Can I buy Brighton Marathon commemorative clothing?

Brighton Marathon exclusive merchandise will be available to buy online soon. There will also be a chance to purchase items at the Event Village on Race Day. Watch out for updates.

Does any of the entrant fee go to charity?

No, the entrant fee goes towards the cost of putting on the race.  We do however work closely with local, national and international charities in helping them to raise millions of pounds for their causes. For our 2016 race, over 300 charities benefitted from an association with the event. 

Is the course the same as last year?

The course will remain much the same as in previous years. If you ran in previous editions of the race, you'll have noticed a lot more barrier lines in our fourth race and fewer pinch points; our aim is to keep improving on the race day experience of every runner.

What is the minimum age for marathon participants?

The minimum age for marathon participants is 18 on race day.

Are you planning the Mini Mile races again?

Yes, we will be holding the highly successful Cancer Research UK Kids & Teens Mini Mile races again for 2017 on Saturday 8th April - for more information please click HERE.

I am quite a slow runner, what happens if I don't finish or it takes me more than 6 hours?

The roads around the course obviously have to have a re-opening schedule. We have worked this out so that even if someone was just continually walking fast (and we do not advocate 'walking' – we expect every entrant to be able to jog for at least significant portions of the race), they will be able to finish the race on the actual road surface of the route. However, anyone moving around the course at slower than 6 hour 40 pace (that is slower than 4 miles an hour), may be told to move on to the pavement and in effect regard themselves as a pedestrian. Most of the last five miles are not on public roads, so this should not be a problem.

Can I run in fancy dress?

Yes this is allowed of course, but please bear in mind the race day weather conditions and appropriate fluid intake should your fancy dress layers leave you needing extra hydration.

Can I take part with a wheelchair?

We currently do not offer elite wheelchair races or allow self-propelled racing wheelchairs. 

If you are a standard wheelchair (non-racing wheelchair) user and wish to enter the event, you are able to take part but on the agreement that the wheelchair user is accompanied by a runner throughout the 26.2 miles. The accompanying runner does not have to push the wheelchair during the race but must participate alongside them throughout. The accompanying runner will be allocated a complimentary place / running number by the organiser. If requested, we are happy to help the wheelchair participant find a runner who can accompany them at their pace, through reaching out to our network of professional pacers and the running community.

For those who wish to take part in an assisted wheelchair, again both the wheelchair participant and the assister must register for the event and have a race number. The assister will be allocated a complimentary place in the event by the organiser.

In both cases, the wheelchair entrant and accompanying runner/assister will be asked to start at the back of the race.

This is due to health & safety guidelines which the event must adhere to. 

All wheelchair users take part on the understanding that they will be held strictly and solely liable if found to be responsible for harm to themselves or any third party or parties, or damage to any property during the race. If you wish to enter as a wheelchair user or find out more, please email office@brightonmarathon.co.uk

UPDATE: We would like to express our appreciation for the insight and the issues raised through Mr David Williamson’s feedback and comments (October 2016) regarding the current Brighton Marathon wheelchair participant policy. Such feedback is key to the development and improvement of our events. We have subsequently changed the policy further to offer the accompanying runner a complimentary place as detailed above. However, we are unable to make further changes to the 2017 wheelchair participant policy due to signed-off infrastructure and event documentation, but we will be assessing the policy going forwards for future editions of the Brighton Marathon Weekend, taking the issues raised into consideration. We aim to learn from our experiences each year and try to reach out to all those who wish to participate. You can read the full statement here.

Can I take part with a bike, stilts, roller skates, skateboards or buggies etc.

Participants are not permitted to use any of the above or similar in the event and those attempting to do so will be prohibitied from starting and may be forcibly removed from the course mid-race where necessary. Likewise, anyone attempting to start or join the race in any outfit that we, in our absolute discretion, deem unsuitable and / or dangerous to other competitors and spectators, will not be allowed to start the event or, if on the course, may be forcibly removed from the event.

I have a general place; can I still run for charity?

Yes. We encourage all of our participants to run as part of a team, something running for charity can offer whilst raising both awareness and funds for a great cause. You will need to contact the charity of your choice directly to discuss the next steps. You can view the charities with places in the 2017 Brighton Marathon here.

I have a charity place but need to cancel

You will need to contact your charity directly to discuss cancellations along with terms and conditions involved.

How do I set up a JustGiving page?

Head to Justgiving.com to set this up

What do I do if I can't collect my Race Pack?

You can nominate someone else to collect your race pack such as a friend or family member. Visit the race pack collection page to find out more.

How will I be kept up to date leading up to race day?

We keep our participants up to date with regular emails and newsletters throughout the year. This will include vital information relating to race day so please do be sure to read them. If you unsubscribe, we cannot guarantee you will receive the most up to date information about the event. Please also keep an eye out on the website and follow us on Facebook and Twitter.

Will there be baggage drop facilities?

Yes, there will be baggage trucks at Preston Park open from 7am that will take your belongings to the finish line where you can collect them.

Please make sure you have attached your baggage sticker to your kit bag which you will be given with your Race Pack.

Belongings are placed within the corresponding colour coded baggage truck to your race number. You place these bags on the trucks at your own risk and we ask that you refrain from bringing excessive amounts of cash or valuables to the race.

Your kit bag will then be collected from the corresponding colour and lettered Collection Point at the finish, as marked on your Race Number.

You must not place anything more than your provided kit bag on the baggage trucks. Participants will be allowed one bag only, please note that if you attempt to place more than one bag within the baggage trucks (or a bag that is not an official event kit bag), this will be refused.

Will there be pacers?

There will be pacers available on Race Day who have been recruited locally through RunBrighton; most of them affiliated to one of the various Brighton-based athletics clubs. They all have marathon experience and are ready to guide you to the finish. 
Look out for them in their respective start corrals in Preston Park (or Withdean Park if you are starting from the fast start). 

I am a charity runner, where can I meet up with my charity after the race?

Come along to the Beach Village; many of our charities will be there ready to welcome their runners. All charities who have a marquee there will be contacting their runners regarding meeting points closer to the day.

I am coming along as a spectator, where is the best place to see the runners?

We have lots of great spots for spectators to join in and cheer on the runners. Please read the official 2017 Event Programme (available soon) to find our more on viewing points, the Beach Village and the best place to meet runners after the race. 

I would like to volunteer at the event, how can I apply?

Volunteer registration is open. Please visit http://www.brightonmarathon.co.uk/volunteer for more information.



When will the 2018 Brighton Marathon take place?

The 2018 Brighton Marathon will take place on Sunday 15th April 2018. Details of entries are available here: http://www.brightonmarathon.co.uk/enter


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