A sea of spectators flooded into the city to cheer on competitors at the annual Brighton Marathon. 

Thousands lined up along Preston Park to the seafront to support friends and family who are taking part in the gruelling challenge.

The masses of elite runners started their race at 9.45am today at Withdean Stadium, and 10km runners commenced at 9am.

Athletes and spectators came from different counties to watch the amazing event, while enjoying the sights at the seafront.