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PLEASE NOTE: route change

Due to a higher drop-out rate than expected leading to fewer Marathon runners planned on the day, we feel it would be inappropriate to continue with our original planned route for the Brighton Trail Marathon which included road closures that impacted access to the Royal Sussex County Hospital, numerous local businesses and residents.

The Brighton Trail Marathon will now start at East Brighton Park, rather than on Madeira Drive, to avoid impacting the Hospital and reduce road closures. East Brighton Park is less than a mile from the original start line, and already featured on the route.

We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, but hope you understand why this decision has been made and thank you for your support.

Trail Marathon runners will now run almost exclusively on trails, from the beautiful setting on East Brighton Park. All six major climbs will still be included on the route, starting with the run up to the Racecourse!

Please note: the new route is still a full marathon of 26.2 miles. The distance has been made up with a loop of East Brighton Park and some other minor tweaks.

What to expect

Brighton Trail Marathon will start from the East Brighton Park before heading out into the stunning Sussex countryside and South Downs National Park.

Enjoy a Start area with friends and family complete with food and drink from the park cafe, before beginning your adventure. Along the way, marshals and volunteers will be present on the fully signposted route, so don’t worry about getting lost! Runners will also be available at the rear, ensuring no one is left behind.

Run, walk or jog – we expect you to stop, take on food and drink at one of the five Aid Stations (see below for more info) and even take photos of the scenery. If this is your first trail marathon – please be assured you aren’t expected to run the entire 26.2 miles!

Aid Stations

If you’re used to running road marathons, you might be interested to know that Aid Stations are quite different for a trail marathon as you’ll be out on the course for longer and will need more sustenance to keep you going. They are also a chance to stop and take a break!

Find out more

Signage and way-finding

The marathon course will be fully way-marked.

Marshalls and first aid will also be located across the route, providing friendly support to help you complete your marathon.

GPX course route

A GPX file of the course can be found and downloaded from here.

You may want to download this GPX so you can access GPS coordinates and, if you live locally, practice parts of the route.

Please note: whilst we do not expect the course to change from this point forwards, we cannot guarantee that minor tweaks won’t be needed and this may not end up being the exact route you run.


Toilets will be positioned around the marathon course. You will find toilets at the start, finish and at the five aid stations throughout the course.