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August 18, 2015 at 10:16 am

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Youth Race now open!


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Calling all 7-17 year olds: registration for the Brighton Half Marathon Youth Race is now open!

Our Youth Race is a chance for young runners of all abilities to run a mile on the course of the main race on race day – a unique opportunity to experience the buzz of race day.

Every runner will receive a technical T-shirt and medal, plus first, second and third place winners in each age group will win some brilliant prizes.

There are four age categories to enter:

  • 7-10 years old
  • 11-12 years old
  • 13-14 years old
  • 15-17 years old

As well as the buzz of race village, we have a special Youth Race marquee especially for our younger runners and their families, where  presentations and a photo call will be held after the race.

Fancy joining us in 2016? Enter the Youth Race here.

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August 12, 2015 at 3:48 pm

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Get involved: Active Sussex launches the ‘Shake-Up September’ Workplace Challenge

September Shakeup

As kids go back to school and parents get back into the swing of the 9-5 in September, Active Sussex launches the ‘Shake Up September’ Workplace Challenge, a nationwide campaign to get active in the office.

The free month-long web-based challenge is simple: employees log their sport and physical activity on a dashboard – via the website or app – with the aim to log as much physical activity as possible.

Prizes on offer include:

  • a £600 treadmill courtesy of JTX Fitness
  • a 1:1 nutrition consultation courtesy of LGM Nutrition
  • a free yoga class at your workplace courtesy of Live Love Yoga

Register for the Workplace Challenge

To join Shake Up September, head to A downloadable poster and activity pack are available to encourage your workmates to sign up too.

Workplace Challenge supports and promotes employee physical activity. To date, more than 6,400 businesses and 35,000 employees have registered for Workplace Challenge nationally.

For advice on implementing an effective activity programme into your workplace, contact Active Sussex’s Workplace Officer Leon Carter at

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April 29, 2015 at 3:25 pm

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Back by popular demand, the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon!

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Registrations have today gone live for our 2016 race which will be held on 28 February 2016 – sign up soon to make sure you get a spot on the start line next year.

Now in its 26th year, the 2016 race promises to be bigger and better than ever before. You can sign up for a standard entry for the main race or choose to run for one of our Pier charities The Sussex Beacon, Laureus, Scope, Chestnut Tree House, Water Aid or RISE.

New for 2016 is The Sussex Beacon Corporate Relay, a good old-fashioned relay featuring five runners, 1 baton and a shared distance of 13.1 miles. Find out more about the relay race here.

Ready to run 13.1 miles in 2016? Sign up here.


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February 22, 2015 at 5:05 pm

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A day to remember


Wow, what a day! Thousands of runners joined us to run the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2015 today, celebrating the 25th anniversary of the race.

A sea of confetti got the race off to a colourful start to mark the milestone birthday, and thousands of runners from PB chasers to charity runners to half marathon first timers took to the streets to run 13.1 miles around the city’s landmark sights.

In the elite field, Paul Martelletti (Victoria Park Harriers & Tower Hamlets AC) took home his third successive title – and broke the course record – shaving four seconds off his winning time in 2014 to finish in a time of 01:05:48. Second place went to Kevin Rojas of Brighton & Hove Athletics, who in great form finished with a personal best of 01:06:46. Last-minute entrant to the field Kenyan runner Leonard Bett took third in 01:08:19.

In a nail-biting women’s race, 2014 winner Sarah Hill dominated in the early part of the race, but Julia Davis of Mornington Chasers claimed the women’s trophy with a storming finish in 01:18:23. Runner up Hill was hot on her heels in 01:19:15, and Emily Proto of local club Arena 80 came third in a time of 01:19:45. 

Alongside the elite field, thousands of charity runners took to the streets, raising vital funds for over 50 charities, including local charities Chestnut Tree House, RISE and Rocking Horse and national charities including Laureus, WaterAid and Scope.

Celebrity runners in the race included Gethin Jones for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research, while sprightly runner George Frogley celebrated his 80th birthday today, sporting the number race number 80 and running with his daughter.

Our partners for this year’s race included Vitality, Nick Rivett Sport, Russell New, Aftershokz, FlipBelt, Visit Brighton, Brighton & Hove City Council and Studio57 Clinic.

See the race results here.

A very big thank you to all of our runners, charities, sponsors and partners for helping to make a great race. See you in 2016!

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February 21, 2015 at 8:12 am

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Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2015: Race preview

The Vitality Brighton Half Marathon is set to celebrate a major milestone on race day this Sunday, celebrating its 25th anniversary.

Organised by The Sussex Beacon, a charity which provides a range of services for men, women and families living with or affected by HIV across Sussex, the race has grown in popularity over its history and the 2015 race field will be the largest ever.

The race started in 1990 as a small event involving around 200 runners from local athletic clubs. The 2015 race takes place Sunday 22nd February, when 12,500 runners will take to the streets of Brighton and Hove to run 13.1 miles around the city – an extra 2,000 runners on top of 2014’s entry figure of 10,500.

The race has become an established event for those training for a Spring marathon and is the first major race in the running calendar. The race is part of the Vitality Run Series for 2015, a national series which features seven of the UK’s leading half marathons plus a 10K.

Over its 25 year history, Paul Martelletti is the fastest male to have completed the course in a time of 65:52 in 2014, and in the women’s race, Emma Taylor-Gooby is the fastest female with a time of 78:03 in 2013.

Both winners from the 2014 race, Paul Martelletti and Sarah Hill will be lining up on the start line with the view to defend their titles in 2015.

Other contenders for the winning title include Kevin Rojas (Brighton & Hove AC) and Kevin Mason (Worthing Harriers), who both placed in the top 5 in 2014.

In the women’s race, 2014 2nd place winner Deidre McDermot returns, looking to steal the trophy from defending champion Sarah Hill (Farnham Runners).

Celebrity runners this year include Norman Cook running for the charity Young Epilepsy and Gethin Williams for Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research. Runner George Frogley will also be celebrating his 80th birthday on race day and will be sporting the number race number 80.

The Youth Races also take place again, with all 400 places snapped up by young runners of all levels and abilities aged from 7 to 17 years old. Starting and finishing on Madeira Drive, the Youth Races go past the Brighton Wheel, Sea Life Brighton and Brighton Pier before looping at the Thistle Hotel on King’s Road and heading back towards the finish line.

Race day key timings:

7am – Race Village opens

8:15am – Road closures start

8:30am – Runners proceed to their start pens

9am – Start of Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2015. Official starter: Simon Dowe, CEO of The Sussex Beacon, a local HIV Charity

9:20am – Start of Youth Races (4 age categories: 7-10 Years Old, 11-12 Years Old, 13-14 Years Old, 15-17 Years Old)

9:40am – Youth Race prize presentations in the Youth Race marquee

11am – Vitality Brighton Half Marathon prize presentations

2pm – Race Village closes


The Vitality Brighton Half Marathon is organised by and the main fundraising event for The Sussex Beacon, a local HIV charity working to improve health, reduce stigma and prevent premature death. Open 365 days a year, they support men, women and families affected by HIV to manage this life-long condition that has no cure. Other Charity Partners include Laureus (Vitality Run Series Headline Charity) Scope (National Charity Partner), WaterAid (International Charity Partner) and Rise (Local Charity Partner).

Entry to the race is now closed but local residents as well as friends and families of the runners can show their support for the event by lining the streets of Brighton & Hove on Sunday morning and cheering on the athletes and charity runners on their half marathon challenge. The best places to watch the runners include Marine Parade and Hove Lawns where runners can be seen going both ways.

This year the race secures the support of a range of high profile sponsors and partners including Vitality, Nick Rivett Sport, Lucozade Sport, Seattle Hotel, Studio57 Clinic, FlipBelt, Russell New, AfterShokzVisit Brighton and Brighton & Hove City Council.


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January 26, 2015 at 1:27 pm

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The final weeks: tips from coach Nick Anderson

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Nick and running legend Daley Thompson talked to runners at the Laureus training day

A few weeks back we met running coach Nick Anderson at the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon training day organised by our headline charity Laureus. With race day on the horizon, read Nick’s tips for the final few weeks of training to make sure you stand on the start line on 22 February in peak fitness.

4 Weeks out

  • This is when the gremlins starting talking to you – ‘have you done enough training?’, ‘should you squeeze in one more 2 hour run?’, ‘do I need to make up for that week I missed when I had a cold?’. These are common worries in the final weeks but eventually less becomes more. It’s time to let the body start to recover and build its strength for race day.

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January 19, 2015 at 5:24 pm

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Seven steps to a happy race day

The Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2015 is coming around quickly. As well as putting in the last few weeks of training, a little bit of preparation will go a long way in helping you to have a great race day on 22 February. Get ready for the race with our seven steps…

1. Plan your travel

How are you planning to get to the race? Brighton has limited parking and road closures start from 8.15am. If you’re planning to travel by car, the Park & Ride service is the best way to get to the Race Village – the deadline to book is Sunday 15 February.

If you’re travelling by train, be sure to check your journey before race day. Trains into Brighton are subject to engineering at weekends so do check Southern Trains Planned Improvement Works.

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January 12, 2015 at 1:28 pm

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Park & Ride on race day

Take the hassle out of race day morning with the Park & Ride service. The shuttle bus service will pick you up at Brighton racecourse and drop you off in the race village in plenty of time for the race start.


Brighton racecourse car park will open from 6:30am. The Park and Ride will close at 4pm.

Drop off buses:

The first bus will depart Brighton racecourse from 6:45am

The last bus will depart Brighton racecourse at 8:15am

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December 30, 2014 at 12:56 pm

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Happy new year!

Take a look at our highlights from 2014 – and happy running in 2015 from everyone at Vitality Brighton Half!

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December 3, 2014 at 3:40 pm

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Race place competition winners

A big thank you to everyone who entered our competition to win a place for you and a friend in next year’s race. You sent in some inspired training tips – see the five winners below.

Anna Neil on Facebook:
“Write your name on your registration number or somewhere else so the supporters can see it. It’s amazing when total strangers call your name and tell you that you are doing a great job! It really keeps you going.”

Sarah Wilson on Facebook:
“Build up to a comfortable 10 mile run. When you can do that regularly you’re sorted, the exhilaration on the day especially the amazing downhill stretch back towards the Pier will get you through the extra few miles.” Read more

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November 17, 2014 at 5:05 pm

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Win a place in our 2015 race!

Win_300Missed out on a place in next year’s Vitality Brighton Half Marathon? There is another chance…

We’re giving away places for you and a friend at next year’s race on 22nd February 2015, plus a T-shirt and hoodie to get you through the training months ahead.

To be in with a chance of winning,  tell us your half marathon training tips using the hashtag #brightonhalf on Twitter or on our competition thread on Facebook (linked to below). From the best local routes in Sussex to general winter training advice, we want to hear your wise words on training for 13.1 miles.

We have 5 x 2 places to give away and we’ll select the winners from the best entries.

The competition closes at 5pm on December 1st 2014 and winners will be announced by Friday 5th December 2014.



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September 8, 2014 at 10:36 am

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Calling all 7-17 year olds…




Entry to the Brighton Half Marathon Youth Races opened today, a chance for young runners aged 7 – 17 to run a mile on the morning of the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon on 22 February 2015 and experience the atmosphere of a big race.

The 1 Mile Youth Races start and finish on Madeira Drive on Brighton’s seafront and the route takes in the famous city sights of the Brighton Wheel, Sea Life Centre and Brighton Pier.

A total of 500 places are available and the age groups are 7-10, 11-12, 13-14 and 15-17 years, with each age category starting in its own wave. The first wave starts at 9:20am, after the start of the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon at 9am.

Open to all abilities, registration to the Youth Races costs £7 (+£1 booking fee). Each runner will have their race electronically chip timed and will receive a free goody bag and medal at the finish line.

The Youth Races provide a unique showcase for emerging local talent, and prizes will be awarded to the three fastest girls and boys in each age group.

Entries close on Friday 19 December or when sold out. Register now at

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July 23, 2014 at 10:56 am

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Sign up for a charity place


After record entries to our 25th anniversary race next year, we’ve now sold out of general places to the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2015. If you’re you’re keen to run all is not lost – you can still sign up for a charity place and raise vital funds for local or national charities. Pick one close to your heart from our charity partners below.

The deadline for signing up to a charity place is 18 January 2015, though we recommend signing up as early as possible to raise sponsorship. If you’re on Twitter, don’t forget to use our hashtag #brightonhalf!

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May 21, 2014 at 9:12 am

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Brighton HM selected for new national Vitality Run Series

Jessica Ennis-Hill unveils a giant female runner to launch the Vitality Run Series in Battersea Park today.London. Britain

We’re delighted to announce that Brighton Half Marathon was today revealed as one of eight races in the brand-new Vitality Run Series, launched today in London’s Battersea Park by London 2012 Olympic Heptathlon Gold Medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill.

Featuring seven of the UK’s leading half marathons and one 10k event during 2014/15, the Vitality Run Series aims to inspire all runners to step up to their next challenge. You can see the other races in the Series below.

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May 14, 2014 at 4:55 pm

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Sign up to our 25th anniversary race

Entries to our 2015 race are selling out in record time, so if you’ve not yet signed up, make sure you don’t miss out.

In our 25th anniversary year, the 2015 Brighton Half Marathon promises to be bigger and better than ever before. Whether you can tick off all 24 races to date, or are yet to experience the euphoria of completing your first half, we’d love to see you on the start line next February 22nd.

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