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February 27, 2023 at 5:19 pm

Brighton Half Marathon 2023


A world record and over 10,000 runners at this year’s Brighton Half

Wow, what a day Sunday 26th February 2023 was. Thank you to everyone who came along to this year’s Brighton Half Marathon and Youth Race.

Over 10,000 runners (pre-pandemic levels) turned out for our 33rd race, organised by local HIV charity – The Sussex Beacon. It was a chilly day, but it certainly didn’t put off the runners, or the crowds!

This year’s race was jam-packed with highlights. A world record (with a fridge) was made, people ran for Ukraine, our Youth Race was back, players from University of Sussex Men’s Rugby Club ran for Grassroots Suicide Prevention and we were joined by local GB athlete – Beth Kidger!

The day started off with our Youth Race, (back after three years away) at 9AM down on Hove Lawns. This year’s official charity partner for the Youth Race was Rockinghorse Children’s Charity. Hundreds of children and teens aged 7 – 17 turned up to race along a 1-mile stretch and were cheered on by this year’s Youth Race starter – GB athlete Beth Kidger.

Next came the wheelchair race which started at 9.27am on Madeira Drive by Brighton Half mascot Beaky and Allison Ferns from BBC Radio Sussex. By 9:56 all of this year’s runners had set off, including the elites.

In the wheelchair race Gary Cooper of Coventry Godiva Harriers took first place in the men’s race with a time of 01:05:30, his personal best for the Brighton Half. The women’s wheelchair race was won by Ellie Page, also from Coventry Godiva Harriers who finished in 01:25:56.

In the men’s race, Cal Ross of Leeds City AC, took first place with a time of 01:06:37; second place went to Marshall Smith of Ashford AC, who came home in 01:06:41; third place went to Simon Heath of Brighton Phoenix, who finished in 01:07:01.

The women’s race was won by last year’s winner, Charlotte Ragan of Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC, who finished in 01:18:24, followed by Ruby Whyte-Wilding of Lewes AC in 01:18:30. Third place went to Amy Harris of Brighton Phoenix in 01:19:17.

We can’t not mention that Corporal Sam Hammond, AKA Man Vs. Fridge, who ran the race in aid of SSAFA, went and only set a world record for running with a 26kg fridge on his back in 02:04:13.

Alongside the elite field, thousands of charity runners took to the streets of the city, raising money for over 20 charities, including The Sussex Beacon, Alzheimer’s Society, Macmillan, Say Apashia, Venkat Memroial Trust, Grassroots Suicide Prevention, Raystede and many more.

Thanks once again to everyone who took part in this year’s event – runners, sponsors, charity partners and volunteers.

Next year’s race will be taking place on Sunday 25th February 2024. Entries will be opening soon!


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February 7, 2023 at 1:29 pm

Brighton Half Marathon 2023  |  Charity news

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Man Vs. Fridge goes for world record at 2023 Brighton Half

Man Vs Fridge in training for Brighton Half

Sam Hammond, 30, is a man on a mission – with his fridge! The Royal Marine, based at RNAS Culdrose in Cornwall, is no stranger to running around the country with white goods strapped to his back to raise money for SSAFA, the Armed Forces charity, but this time he’s going for a world record at this year’s Brighton Half Marathon, on Sunday, 26th February.

Nicknamed ‘Fridget Jones’ Sam said: “I have been doing this for a while to raise money for charity and I just wanted to take it to the next level. I’m going to begin with the Brighton Half, with a view to breaking the full marathon record at the London Marathon this year. The current record for a half marathon with a fridge on your back is 2 hours 45 minutes and I’m confident I can beat that.

“When you regularly have to go away for long stretches, several months at a time, it really affects the family that is left behind. I have seen that SSAFA is there to help your family, in an emergency, when you aren’t able to, and I think this work is so important and I want to help.”

The minimum weight for the fridge, according to the Guinness World Records, is 25kg. Sam’s fridge currently comes in at 26kg (roughly speaking, the same weight of an average eight-year-old), but it is not the weight that is an issue.

According to Sam, “The thing with a fridge is that it’s bulky and the weight isn’t close to your back, like a backpack or bergen would be. So the physics of it means that 26kg is more difficult to carry.

“The other problem is that, when I go out for practice runs with the fridge, I can’t go more than 10 minutes without being stopped and asked what on earth I’m doing. So, for normal training I’ll just carry weights.”

Sam has other things to worry about too. He has very recently had an operation to remove a lump from his chest.

Sam says: “It was a benign lump, so not too bad, but all the stitches are right where the straps for the fridge go. It couldn’t have been at a worst time, but I think it will be fine. I have rested up for a while, which has actually been the most difficult bit as I’m not used to being still, and am rearing to get back to training.”

If you would like to show your appreciation to Sam for his amazing exploits please give a little towards his fundraiser.

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February 2, 2023 at 12:22 pm

Brighton Half Marathon 2023  |  Youth Race

GB Athlete Beth Kidger announced as 2023 Youth Race Starter

Beth Kidger Race Starter at Brighton Youth Races

We’re delighted to announce Team GB distance runner and athlete Beth Kidger as this year’s Youth Race starter. Not only is Beth an accomplished athlete, but she’s also a Brighton local!

After a three-year break for the Brighton Youth Races, we’re ecstatic to announce they’re back for 2023 and Beth is able to join us on the day.

On starting the Youth Race, Beth told us: “As a child I was heavily into gymnastics with my twin sister Megan. Then when we were about 12, we decided to go along to Crawley AC once a week as my brother Joel trained there and I just fell in love with athletics. I love the sense of freedom running gives you. There’s no better sense of achievement than when you cross that finish line, so I am looking forward to cheering on all the young runners on the day.”

Taking place on the same day as the Brighton Half Marathon on Sunday, 26th February 2023, the Youth Races are open to all abilities, aged between 7 and 17.

Starting at Hove Prom and split into five different age categories, youngsters can choose to either run or jog the 1-mile race.

The event gives youngsters a unique opportunity to experience the buzz of race day. All entries will receive a chip-timed, technical T-shirt and medal, plus prizes for the first three runners in each of the five age categories.

Youngsters (and family members) may well get the chance to grab a selfie with Beth before the Youth Races start! Make sure to give her a wave at the start line.

Take part in the 2023 Brighton Youth Races

The first Youth Race starts at 9am and places are available now. Rockinghorse Children’s Charity is the official charity partner of the Brighton Half Marathon Youth Race.

By running in the Youth Races, you’ll be supporting a charity which provides life-saving medical equipment for children in Sussex.

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May 29, 2022 at 6:30 am

All news  |  Brighton Half Marathon 2023

Make the most of the Jubilee weekend

The Royal Pavilion in Brighton

With the Queen’s Jubilee bank holiday in sight, make the most of some free time and secure an early bird place in the Brighton Half before the price increase. Our early bird pricing is the lowest pricing for the race – but it won’t last forever!

Our royal connections…

Did you know you run past a former royal residence in the Brighton Half? The Royal Pavilion, also known as the Brighton Pavilion, is a Grade I listed former royal residence. It was built as a seaside retreat for George, Prince of Wales, who became the Prince Regent in 1811, and King George IV in 1820. Today you can take a tour around this rather spectacular building – and you get to run past it in Mile 6 of the race.

Secure an early bird place in BHM 2023 >>

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May 25, 2022 at 12:01 pm

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Time is ticking on early bird entries…

Time is ticking on early bird entries

Keen to enter the Brighton Half 2023? Be sure to enter soon to make the most of early bird entry before it flies away!

Next year’s event is held on Sunday 26th February, and promises all the fun you’d expect from the Brighton Half, with a fast, flat course, a buzzing atmosphere and chance to run past some of the city’s great landmarks, from the cliffs of Ovingdean, The Royal Pavilion, the Band Stand and Hove Beach Huts, to the i360, Brighton Palace Pier and stunning sea views.

Our early bird offer is our lowest pricing for the race and the price increases throughout the year.

Enter now to secure an early bird place >>