Choosing the perfect marathon can be a big decision. Aside from the location, the course and the reputation are often at the top of runners’ minds. We went along to the Brighton Marathon Weekend to find out why so many people are choosing to run this successful seaside event and what makes them stay the entire weekend.
A sense of anticipation
Waking up on marathon day is a special feeling and I wasn’t even running. As I walked along the pier towards the Event Village, the crowds were gathering to cheer on the 10K runners and the atmosphere was already electric, even before the masses gathered to the start to begin their epic journey.
What struck me the most was how vast the Event Village looks, stretching out as far as the eye can see along the stunning beach, the sun shimmering on the water; it really needs to be seen to be believed. As you get closer, walking past the famous Brighton Pier, you get a sense of how unique this event is.
Food and drink
Entering the Event Village itself is a feast for the senses. A huge screen with the unfolding action greets you at the entrance, along with an array of tents and marquees offering shopping, activities and more.
On the food and drink front, the organisers really have catered for everyone and the quality and choice was outstanding from a host of street food vendors, bars and trucks, not to mention good value, with minimal queuing time – top marks! For foodie lovers the Event Village is a dream, but what else does it hold in store for runners and families?
A festival of running
Answer: Everything! There’s just so much to do and see. What I loved about the Event Village is that you can just stroll up and down, dipping in and out of the running and charity stands, or just take in the atmosphere at your own pace. It really is like being at a festival when the music starts, with the constant cheers for the heroes finishing the marathon on the epic Madeira Drive just a stone’s throw away.
It’s hard not to be swept up by the occasion, especially as you mingle with the thousands of finishers and spectators in a sea of colour, all enjoying the sun, sea and unique atmosphere. What’s not to like?
I’ll be back
The great thing about the Brighton Marathon Weekend is that there’s something for everyone. The races themselves have a wonderful community feel and everyone is extremely welcoming, which makes staying for the entire weekend even more special.
If you want to spend a spring weekend watching some fantastic running in a beautiful setting, while feeling part of something big, hotfoot it down to the Brighton Marathon Weekend and I promise you won’t be disappointed. I’ll be back and I might even run the marathon next year.
Entries for the 2018 Brighton Marathon Weekend taking place 13-15 April are now open and selling fast. Don’t miss out. Enter now!