The 32nd Brighton Half Marathon, organised by The Sussex Beacon, will take place on Sunday 27 February.

The race starts for runners at 9am on Madeira Drive before winding its way around some of Brighton’s most iconic sites including the Palace Pier, The Grand Brighton, The Royal Pavilion, The West Pier, Brighton Marina, and the colourful Hove Beach Huts.

Double Olympic Champion Colonel Dame Kelly Holmes MBE will be starting the half marathon this year. Initially joining the British Army at 17, she served for over 10 years and was awarded an MBE in recognition of her services. Kelly has won medals at Commonwealth, European, World and Olympic level, culminating in two gold medals at the Athens Olympics in 2004 for the 800m and 1500m. She was honoured with a Damehood in 2005 for services to sport. Today Kelly is an inspirational speaker, award-winning author and entrepreneur as well as a fitness, wellness, and mental health champion. As well as starting the race, Kelly will also be running in the event.

Dame Kelly Holmes MBE (mil) said “I am really looking forward to starting the Brighton Half Marathon this year. Seeing mass participation events back to their best is fantastic! It has motivated me to get back training and run it too. So my plan is to start the race off, jump down and get involved. I will not be racing – just enjoying the atmosphere.”

The Brighton Half will see thousands of runners – both beginners to the distance and seasoned half marathoners – taking to the streets of Brighton & Hove.

The Brighton Half Marathon race is organised by Brighton-based charity The Sussex Beacon, which provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV. The charity helps hundreds of people living with HIV in Sussex and the race is the charity’s largest annual event. Other charity partners include local charities Chestnut Tree House and national charities Macmillan and Alzheimer’s Society.

The Brighton Half Marathon has secured the support of a range of high-profile sponsors and partners including HIGH5, Runners Need, BBC Sussex, Donatello, RunBrighton, Frosts, JustGiving, Bird & Blend, KIND, Sea Lanes and Brighton & Hove City Council.

After last year’s enforced changes to the date and format due to Covid-19, the race team is delighted the event is returning to its usual place at the start of the running calendar and with a full race field.

Race day key timings

06:30 Park & Ride sites opens

07:00 Race village and help desk opens

07:15 Baggage facility opens and road closures start

08:57 Wheelchair Race starts

09:00 Race starts

11:00 Elite winners’ presentations

14:00 Race site closes

Full route details and information about road closures can be found on the event website here.

The 2023 event will be held on Sunday 26 February 2023 and registration will be opening soon. Runners will be able to register on the website