Each climb at Brighton Trail Marathon has its own unique personality, offering breathtaking views and an unforgettable challenge. Whether you run, jog or walk them doesn’t matter. Meet them face on. Conquer them one by one. Remember them forever.
In 1783 the first horses thundered around Brighton Racecourse at the inaugural race. 239 years later, a group of eager trail runners will be setting their sights on the finish line of the first Brighton Trail Marathon. Charge your way to the top of Climb 1 at the Racecourse and take in the spectacular views of both city and seaside.
Lo, here comes one amain, he rides full speed,
Hedge, ditch, nor miry bog, he doth not heed.
One claws it up-hill without stop or check,
Another down as if he’d break his neck.
Upon the Horse and His Rider – John Bunyan
Between 66 and 100 million years ago, the chalk of the South Downs National Park was formed. Today it makes for beautiful cliffs, tracks and paths that wind through the hills. Just like the bird, images of The Swan climb are truly beautiful with a white, chalky track undulating through a vast expanse of deep, green fields. Marathon runner, it’s time to spread those wings at Climb 2.
Your future is waiting
So bright is your fire
The day has come for the blue swan to fly
So beat like the earth on the run
Rise to the mountains
Shout to the sky
The Rise of the Blue Swan – Andy Fardell
Second World War military training sites are scattered across the South Downs, including at our third climb at Bunkers Hill Plantation. Many a soldier trod these beautiful hills, walking for miles in the name of King and Country. With courage and determination, marathon runner, you will face and conquer this short, sharp climb on the way to your own personal victory.
Breathless, we flung us on the windy hill,
Laughed in the sun, and kissed the lovely grass.
You said, “Through glory and ecstasy we pass;
Wind, sun, and earth remain, the birds sing still…
The Hill – Rupert Brooke
From the 16th century to the late 19th century, the Lewes beacon stood proudly atop Mount Harry, with fire burning brightly to warn the local militia when invasion threatened. Marathon runner, stand proud at the top of this climb, with your heart burning brightly, in awe of the incredible views of the North Downs and stunning coastline.
Look toward the crest of the hills, to the south, where breezes of ocean
Blow from the Sussex Weald, savouring still of the sea;
Look to the north, far down, where sheep-bells heard in the valley
Tell of an order’d peace, safe in some sheltering farm:
Yes, ’tis a noble view! But more than the beauty of Nature..
Then and Now, The North Downs- Arthur Joesph Munby
In 1994, Francisco Cabello won stage 4 of the Tour De France, which passed through the lanes of Sussex and over the famous Ditchling Beacon climb. At 228m, Climb 5 stands at the highest point in East Sussex. Never fear marathon runner, two legs and some grit are as good as two wheels on this stunning loop of the Beacon, where you will navigate both ascent and descent. Walk, jog, run… just keep it going … look back and see how far you’ve come.
“The Weald is good, the Downs are best –
I’ll give you the run of ’em, East to West…
Ditchling Beacon and Chanctonbury Ring
They have looked on many a thing,”
Run of the Downs – Rudyard Kipling
Welcome marathon runner, to your final calling at Climb 6, Woodland. Designed in the 18th century, Stanmer Park is a glorious, grade II registered landscape, wrapping around the impressive, stately Stanmer House. One final push up through these forest trails with cool, green canopies overhead, will bring you to your incredible Brighton Trail Marathon finish and a sixth and final badge of honour.
The tall forest towers;
Its cloudy foliage lowers
Ahead, shelf above shelf;
Its silence I hear and obey
That I may lose my way
Lights Out – Edward Thomas