PARTICIPANTS in the marathon weekend have raised more than £3 million for good causes, organisers revealed.

Fundraising partner Justgiving confirmed that runners in the Brighton Marathon, BM10k and Mini Mile have raised a staggering £3,484,911.02 so far this year.

Hundreds runners attended the race yesterday, raising funds for dozens of good causes ranging from smaller organisations such as Grassroots Suicide Prevention to larger international charities.

Among those taking part was Zara Dyer, a brain injury sufferer, who walked the marathon over two days to raise awareness for her charity Three Million Steps.

Zara said: "Many congratulations on an awesome weekend and a special thank you for recognising us.

"It meant so much to us personally especially when being away from home and hopefully a bit more awareness for our cause."

Organisers also praised the community in Brighton and Hove for volunteering and delivering support to athletes taking part in the race.

Thousands of runners and spectators flooded the streets yesterday for the marathon's return after a 18-month hiatus.

The Argus: Spectators lined the streets for the marathon, with some carrying banners to support friends and family in the race: credit - Simon DackSpectators lined the streets for the marathon, with some carrying banners to support friends and family in the race: credit - Simon Dack

Last year's event was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with a further delay earlier this year as a result of continuing restrictions on large events.

Runners passed a range of different landmarks from across the city for the race, including the Royal Pavilion, St Peter's Church and Brighton Palace Pier.

Some even took to wearing fancy dress for the marathon, adding an extra challenge to the endurance race, especially as temperatures reached 19C.

The race was accidentally longer than it should of been, after human error caused the route to be 568 metres too long.

Grounded Events, the organisers of the Brighton Marathon, soon apologised for the mistake and said that the error was only realised once marathon runners had already started the race.

Tom Naylor, event organiser, said: "We hope that overall, this hasn't marred the overall experience for our runners at what was a brilliant day for so many, and the return of running events."

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