Instructions / Brighton Trail Marathon

The Start & Start Procedure

Brighton Trail Marathon

The Start

The marathon starts at East Brighton Park at 8:30am.

Participants should arrive at East Brighton Park at 7:30 to give them time to use bag drop, prepare and get to the start line on time.


Don’t wait until the morning of the event to decide how you will get to the Start at East Brighton Park, make sure you’ve planned your journey in advance. Please see our Travel and Accommodation page for more information.


If you have already received your pack in the post, there is no need to check-in when you arrive at the start line. Please head straight to the bag drop if you are using it, and then proceed on and join your respective start wave.

If you still need to collect your Race Pack or make changes, please visit the Info Desk at the Start area.


There will be baggage facilities at the start.

You must use the official, reusable Kit Bag in order to make use of bag drop. These Kit Bags will be available at the start on the day.

If you require assistance, please visit the Information Tent in the park.

For more info visit our page on Bag Drop.


We will operate a staggered start system. Start waves will be allocated based on your race number colour.

There will be 4 waves that will start approx. 3 mins apart. Each wave will consist of roughly 400 participants.

  • Wave 1: Red
  • Wave 2: Blue
  • Wave 3: Yellow
  • Wave 4: Green

The first wave will start at approximately 08:30am so we suggest that all runners be in their wave by 08:20am.

Chip timing will not start until you cross the line, so do not worry if others start ahead of you.


At the Start, it is very common to feel nervous and anxious about getting to your wave on time. Please don’t worry. Just be sure to plan ahead and arrive promptly. This time will give you ample opportunity to use the toilets before your wave starts.

Locations of toilets:

  • Toilets will be within the start area, with accessible facilities also available.
  • There are then toilets at each of the five Aid Stations on the course.


Supporters will be able to join you at the Start but they will not be allowed into the start straight, which is for registered runners only and will make for a calmer and more focused experience ahead of your event.


There will be a speakers at the Start playing music and live broadcasting of important information via speakers throughout race morning. Please do listen carefully to any important instructions given out.