Race information

Race information

Date & start time

The race date for 2024 is Sunday 25th February, and the start time is 9:30am. We advise all runners to be at the race site by 8:30am.

The following information was correct for the 2023 event:

Start & finish area

The start and finish of the race is on Madeira Drive, BN2 1TB. The start and finish line is close to the Steve Ovett statue.

Key timings

  • 7:00am: Park & Ride site opens
  • 7:15am: Road closures start
  • 7:30am: Race site and help desk opens
  • 7:45am: Baggage facility opens
  • 9:00: Youth Races start
  • 9:27am: Wheelchair race starts
  • 9:30am: Half Marathon race starts
  • 11:15am: Elite winners’ presentations
  • 11:15am: Wheelchair race presentations
  • 2:30pm: Race site closes

Help desk

The help desk is open on Saturday 25th from 2-5pm and from 7:30am on race day until the race starts. The help desk location is close to Brighton Pier – it is the first marquee you will come across walking east (ie, towards the Marina).

Lost numbers

If you lose your race number and/or your timing chip please come to the help desk on the race day to have another re-issued. The timings and location are noted above.


There will be four drinks stations along the 13.1 mile course with water at each. You’ll find water stations in miles 3 and 6 and HIGH5 and water in miles 8 and 11.

Park & Ride

You’ll be able to book Park & Ride when you enter, or in our online shop. You will find a QR code in your booking, which you should present to a marshal for scanning. Either a printed version or digital version on your phone is acceptable. The Park & Ride site opens at 07:00am and buses will run regularly to the race site.

Drop off:
Site opens: 7:00am
First bus: 7:00am
Last bus to leave Mill Road: 8:30am

Pick up:
First bus: 11:30am
Last pick up: 2.45pm

Note the buses leave when they have reached capacity.

The car park will close at 15:30pm.

Please note our park and ride facility reverts to a live road after this time and any vehicles remaining onsite will be removed with the vehicle owner liable for costs. The Park & Ride site is fully managed by our stewarding company, so please follow their directions to your parking space.
PLEASE NOTE: Please show each QR code if you have ordered more than one Park & Ride ticket (1 required per car). Stewards will have all names and order details.


We know there can never be enough toilets, but we try to ensure that you don’t have to queue too long on race day. In addition to the existing public toilets at the Colonnade Cafe, Peter Pan playground and along Hove Promenade, there are portable toilets and urinals on Madeira Drive adjacent to the start pens, close to our baggage service and at all four drinks stations along the route.

Disabled toilets

Disabled toilets are available in each block of toilet facilities in race village and at each of the four drinks stations. There are also public toilets along Hove Prom.


The baggage service opens at 7.45am on race morning. Attached to your race number is a baggage label. If you wish to use our baggage facility this should be looped around the handle of your bag before handing it over. Please make sure you bring a waterproof bag and avoid leaving any valuables inside.


If you’re keen to achieve a certain target time for the race, we’ll have a team of pacers from RunBrighton on race day to help you reach your goal. There will be pacers for 1hr 30mins / 1hr 45mins / 2hrs / 2hrs 15mins / 2hrs 30 mins / 2hrs 45mins  and 3hrs.

Lost/missing race numbers

Race numbers are sent in the month ahead of the race. If you don’t receive your race number, please pick up your number from the Help Desk in race village. The team at help desk will have a list of everyone who has entered.

First aid

Our first aid service is provided by Enhanced Care Services. There is cover across the course, with medics on bikes and in ambulances. There is a treatment point at the start/ finish area, plus roving medics throughout the course to ensure your safety. Please ensure you fill in the medical information on the back of your race number.


We know that some runners enjoy listening to music while running, however we encourage you not to use earphones on race day to ensure you hear any medical alerts and instructions from marshals.

A sustainable race

The Brighton Half Marathon is working hard to become a truly sustainable race. We believe it’s important and hope you do too!

For over ten years we have been recycling as much as possible from the race – we recycle all the plastic and cardboard, including the cartons used at the drinks stations. These are some of the actions we take each year:

  • We hire in large recycling bins which are placed adjacent to each drinks station.
  • We have an initial clear up of the areas by each fuel station by volunteers.
  • We contract in City Clean, the Local Authority in-house provider to support us on race day so that all waste from the event is removed in line with the Local Authority rules on recycling across the city.
  • Wherever possible we use local suppliers to help reduce delivery miles.
  • All lost property eventually goes to our Sussex Beacon shops.