Beth Kidger

GB athlete Beth Kidger to start the Brighton Half Marathon Youth Race

This year’s 33rd annual Brighton Half Marathon returns to Brighton seafront on February 26, 2023. This year the event will feature a dedicated Youth Race, a one-mile event designed for junior runners aged 7-17 and located on Hove Prom. The Youth Race will be started by Team GB distance runner, athlete and Brighton local, Beth Kidger.

On starting the Youth Race, Beth said: “As a child I was heavily into gymnastics with my twin sister Megan. Then when we were about 12, we decided to go along to Crawley AC once a week as my brother Joel trained there and I just fell in love with athletics. I love the sense of freedom running gives you. There’s no better sense of achievement than when you cross that finish line, so I am looking forward to cheering on all the young runners on the day.”

Open to all abilities, the young runners will run or jog 1 mile on Hove Prom, running along part of the main half marathon route before the half marathon runners come through. The event gives youngsters a unique opportunity to experience the buzz of race day. Chip-timed, technical T-shirt and medal included, plus prizes for the first three runners in each of the five age categories. The Youth Race starts at 9am and places are available now via the Brighton Half Marathon website. Rockinghorse Children’s Charity is the official charity partner of the Brighton Half Marathon Youth Race.

After the Youth Race, the main race starts at 9:30am on Madeira Drive, next to the iconic Palace Pier, before winding its way around some of Brighton’s most iconic sites including Brighton Marina, The Royal Pavilion, The Hilton Brighton Metropole, the i360, The West Pier and the colourful Hove Beach Huts. The Brighton Half Marathon also features a Wheelchair Race, with an earlier dedicated start time of 9:27am. Charity places are still available via the Brighton Half Marathon website.

The Brighton Half Marathon is organised by Brighton-based charity The Sussex Beacon, which provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV. The race is the charity’s main fundraising event of the year and welcomes around 8,000 runners each year.

As well as The Sussex Beacon, runners can support over 20 partner charities, including local charities such as Rockinghorse and national charities including Alzheimer’s Society and Macmillan.

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