Top 5 landmarks on the Brighton Marathon course

Soak up the sun, sea and local history while running this iconic route.

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It’s the great British seaside run. The Brighton Marathon route hugs one of the UK’s best-loved stretches of coastline, steering you past multi-coloured beach huts, crazy golf courses and amusement arcades, the eerie remains of the iconic West Pier and millions upon millions of pebbles. The 26.2 miles of the Brighton Marathon couldn’t be more pleasant, so here’s our guide to doing some sightseeing along the way…

Brighton Palace Pier

Running a marathon is tough enough without the added challenge of having to resist the Mr Whippy vans whilst the voice in your head is demanding cold sugary things. The ice cream vendors gather by the pier entrance alongside doughnut stalls and those things where you put your faces through a hole to look like a muscly lifeguard or cartoon mermaid. Resist temptation – you’ve got a race to run!

Royal Pavilion and Pavilion Gardens

With its grand domes and towering minarets, the Royal Pavilion wouldn’t look out of place on the skyline of Istanbul. It was sold to the city of Brighton by Queen Victoria, used as a military hospital during the First World War, and these days is open to the public. Originally built as a pleasure palace for King George IV, it’s ridiculously opulent and elaborate – a lovely piece of eye candy to spur you on your way at mile 3.

British Airways i360

This 162-metre-high observation tower only opened in August 2016 and it’s already hard to imagine Brighton seascape without it. From the viewing platform you can see for miles, which means that if you head up there after crossing the finish line you can look out at the entire 26.2 miles of course spread out in front of you while drinking a glass of bubbly. That’s a drink very well earned.

Brighton War Memorial

This historic landmark commemorates the soldiers who fell during the First World War, which ended in 1918. Many people will be stopping by the memorial to pay their respects in this centenary year and you’re encouraged to do the same, although unless you enjoy being overtaken by competitors you might want to wait until after the race.

Brighton Marina

This working harbour celebrates its 40th birthday in 2018 and offers a beautiful backdrop to your run. You’ll pass it twice, at the seven-mile and the 11-mile mark; expect the cafes and restaurants to be considerably more enticing the second time round.

Taking on a marathon is a massive personal achievement. To help you make the most of the event and stay motivated in the dark months of training, why not use your place to fundraise for charity? Virgin Money Giving, our not-for-profit fundraising website, has recently partnered with the Brighton Marathon to help raise £18 million for good causes over the next three years. You can find out more about the event and enter on the Brighton Marathon website.

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