Brighton Marathon 2021

Join Team Tommy's for the UK's second largest marathon for a run full of spectacular sea views, amazing atmosphere and a photo finish on the famous Madeira Drive seafront.

Team Tommy's runner celebrating with a medal on Brighton Beach

Date: 18 April 2021
Distance: 26.2 miles
Location: Brighton
Entry fee: Free
Fundraising pledge: £500 (excluding gift aid)

I would like a Tommy's place in the 2021 Brighton Marathon

You can register for a guaranteed Tommy's place when you pledge to raise a minimum of £500 (excl. gift aid). We would be thrilled to welcome you to #TeamTommys!

Register for a Tommy's place

I have my own place in the 2021 Brighton Marathon

Click here to let us know if you already have your place in the 2021 race. Once you register we can send you your free running vest and any fundraising materials you need. This requires no minimum sponsorship—just raise as much as you can!

I have my own place

About the Brighton Marathon

Join over 12,000 runners taking part in the annual event each April. Enjoy a course that starts from Preston Park before snaking it's way through the city centre, along the glorious seafront and finish right by the beach at the iconic Madeira Drive in front of thousands of cheering spectators. 

The Brighton Marathon is the second-largest marathon in the UK and a highlight any runners calendar. This ultimate running challenge is a must do for runners of any ability.

How Tommy's will support you

But don't worry, you won't be doing it alone. Whether you run with your own place, or a Tommy's guaranteed place, you'll get first class care! 

  • A FREE place in The Vitality Big Half Marathon 2021, if you would like to take part
  • A top quality, free Tommy's running vest
  • Fundraising guide and ongoing support, materials, ideas and tips
  • A dedicated contact at Tommy's sending you team emails and one-to-one support
  • Huge cheers on the day from our Tommy's cheering team
  • A team Facebook group to chat with other Tommy's runners
  • Huge cheers on the day from our Tommy's cheering team
  • A cheer kit for your friends and family so they can give you the best support possible on race day. 

Download our exciting Fundraising Guide

Why join Team Tommy's?

Alexis took part in the Brighton Marathon 2019 as part of her 10 for Tilly challenge. This is her story and why she ran for Team Tommy's. 

What our runners say about us

“I just wanted to thank you and the team at Tommy's for all of the support that you have provided. You have been really friendly and helpful; it was a real privilege to run for such a worthy cause. The Tommy's team in the crowd were amazing - a real boost when I needed it at the end. Please pass on my thanks to everyone at Tommy’s!”

Alex Dulewicz

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Our cheering stations at the Brighton Marathon

We have a cheering station on the seafront opposite the old West Pier at the bottom of Montpelier Road to catch you both ways and we will also have a tent in the village to welcome you after your mammoth achievement.

We have a set of Brighton Marathon training guides just for you

Download your marathon training guides

Marathon training guide
This guide will help you prepare and train for your marathon, including advice on what clothes to wear, food to eat and exercises to do.

Beginners marathon training plan
This training plan provides an exercise timetable for those new to marathons.

Intermediate marathon training plan
This training plan provides an exercise timetable for those with some experience in half marathons.

Advanced marathon training plan
This training plan provides an exercise timetable for those experienced in marathons.

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Fundraising tips for Brighton Marathon

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    Using social media

    Social media can help you build a real buzz around your event. These channels work best when you make them personal. Be yourself and talk to your friends and followers as you would in person.

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    Get extra support for your event and help raise awareness of Tommy's' research and information programmes...easy!!!

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    Sending the money in

    Find out more about how to get your valuable fundraising and donations to Tommy's.

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    Fundraising ideas

    There are loads of ways that you can raise money for Tommy's research. Here are just a few to inspire you!

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    Our top fundraising tips

    How to make the most of your fundraising

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    Fundraising FAQs

    There are a few simple guidelines to take into consideration when organising events for charity. If you’re in any doubt please contact us for advice.

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