MORE than 6,000 runners have signed up for the Brighton Half Marathon this weekend.

The annual race is due to take place on Sunday, October 10.

The 2021 event, organised by HIV charity The Sussex Beacon, is the 31st Brighton Half Marathon.

The 13.1-mile race begins at 9am on Madeira Drive before runners pass a host of Brighton landmarks including the Brighton Palace Pier, Royal Pavilion and Brighton Marina.

Here are then facts about the Brighton Half Marathon:

1 - The course record is 1:04:56, which was set by Paul Navesey in 2019.

2 – At the 2020 event, there was a 53.5 per cent male and 46.5 per cent female split among entrants.

3 - David Knight was the first ever winner of the race, who finished in a time of 67 minutes.

4 – The Wheelchair Race was added to the event in 2016.

5 - The annual event raises over £1 million for charitable causes each year.

6 - In the early days of the event, the race started and finished in the Asda car park in Brighton Marina.

7 – About 450 volunteers give up their Sunday morning each year to help bring the race together on the day.

8 - There are an average of 2,000 to 2,500 steps in each mile of the race.

9 – More than 145 radios are used by the race day team across the event.

10 - Olympian Charlie Grice won the Youth Races in 2009.

This year’s Youth Race, Wheelchair Race and Relay were postponed but will be back in full force at next year's event.

The 2022 event will be held on Sunday, February 27, 2022. Registration is now open.