2021 Event Round-Up

By 13th September 2021

Monday 13 September
Press release – for immediate release


The Brighton Marathon Weekend delivered a fantastic comeback event Friday 10 – Sunday 12 September, following 18 months of postponements and cancellations due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Following a fun day out at the races for the Mini Milers on Saturday, the Brighton Marathon and BM10k runners set off on Sunday morning in glorious sunshine, all raring to get back out, enjoying running events together.

Following a hugely challenging year, it was a truly inspirational and emotionally charged weekend for thousands of people running, volunteering, or supporting.

In response to the pandemic, organisers had introduced various measures and amendments to help mitigate risks, with plans being implemented seamlessly. Runners and their supporters were still able to enjoy the Brighton Marathon Weekend experience to the full, across an exciting weekend of running and celebration.

Particularly poignant this year, was the attendance of hundreds of charities and their runners who put their heart and soul into rejuvenating fundraising efforts, following a devastating year of financial loss. From smaller local charity partners such as Raystede and Grassroots Suicide Prevention to larger international charities, the event has offered a huge boost.

Fundraising partner, JustGiving is delighted to confirm a total of £3,484,911.02 being raised for good causes by Brighton Marathon, BM10k and Mini Mile participants in 2021 so far.

Zara Dyer, brain injury sufferer, who walked the marathon over two days to raise awareness for her charity 3 Million Steps, said: “Many congratulations on an awesome weekend and a special thank you for recognising us. It meant so much to us personally especially when being away from home and hopefully a bit more awareness for our cause.”

After an urgent plea for volunteers to step forward this year, the local community pulled through and delivered an incredible support system for participants, spectators, and the city.
The organisers would like to extend a huge thank you to the Volunteer Team who have helped to bring the event back to the streets of Brighton & Hove.

Regrettably, an error in the marathon course length was discovered part way through the day, which meant that participants completed a slightly longer distance than 26.2 miles. Tom Naylor, Event Director commented: “Despite the marathon route being measured correctly in the lead-up to race start, a basic human error in laying out a cone line* meant that the final marathon course overran by 568m on the day. We offer our sincerest apologies for this mistake, which was only spotted once participants were on the course, and when an amendment was not possible. Finishers will be contacted with more information about their times and an official adjustment to the course length for results and qualifying times. We hope that overall, this hasn’t marred the overall experience for our runners at what was a brilliant day for so many, and for the return of running events.”

Thousands are already signed up for Brighton Marathon Weekend 2022, taking place next April with many budding participants registering over the weekend. Entries are open on the website and organisers look forward to welcoming them all for the return of a spring event.


*Correction:  We would like to point out that the error made was by a member of our event team and not by the traffic management contractor.

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Fran Naylor
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