Launch of the 21st Brighton Half Marathon

Press release: 23/09/2010 – For immediate release

Launch of the 21st Brighton Half Marathon

The Brighton Half Marathon 2011 was launched on 22nd September 2010 at the Thistle, Brighton, with the unveiling of a new flatter, faster route, an iconic new logo and a vibrant new website. Registrations are also now open to the public and charities for the 2011 race.

The Sussex Beacon Half has gone back to its original name of the Brighton Half Marathon for the race’s celebratory 21st year.

The Brighton Half Marathon will take place on Sunday 20th February 2011, and is already looking like it’s going to beat all previous records on its 21st birthday with a huge initial response.

The race has grown tremendously over the last few years with 6,199 runners at the start line in 2010 despite strong winds and torrential rains. Numbers as high as 8,000 are expected for the 2011 race, potentially raising to 12,000 for 2012.

The new route will still start and finish on Madeira Drive on Brighton’s seafront, taking runners through the city centre, past the Royal Pavilion and up Grand Parade from the starting line before heading east past Brighton Marina to Roedean and back along the seafront taking in Brighton Pier, the West Pier and Hove Lawns. The westernmost point reached on the route is Hove Lagoon, with the race finishing on Madeira Drive.

There are two 1 mile youth races taking place for the 8-11 and 12-16 years age groups, giving young runners the chance to be time chipped and experience the crossing of a big finish line.

The timing of the Brighton Half Marathon means it is perfectly suited as a warm-up race for all the major spring marathons including the Brighton and London Marathons. It is not only one of the longest established and most popular seafront races, taking in many of Brighton’s iconic sights, it also is the first major city half marathon of the new year.

The Brighton Half Marathon is organised by and the main fundraiser for the Sussex Beacon, with St Dunstan’s and Wateraid announced as partner charities.

The 2011 race will be taken to a new level and taking place on an even larger scale, attracting new runners and audiences, and, most importantly, contributing to raising more vital funds helping the Sussex Beacon to continue its all-important work.

Training schedules, nutritional advice and running tips will be available on the website to all aspiring runners as well as seasoned athletes.

There are various ways to get involved in the Brighton Half Marathon including running, volunteering, getting your business visible as well as coming down to watch, cheer and soak up the atmosphere on Sunday 20th February 2011. Visit the website www.brightonhalfmarathon.com , join the Facebook page www.facebook.com/BrightonHalfMarathon or follow ‘BrightonHalf’ on Twitter.

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