ENTRIES for the Brighton Marathon have closed with record breaking numbers.

The entry deadline the popular race closed on Sunday January 9, with a huge surge in numbers from last year.

A huge total of 20,000 people registered to take part in the April event, making it the largest Brighton Marathon to date.

A spokeswoman for the marathon said: "The Covid-19 pandemic has been a challenging time for the mass participation events industry, which has suffered postponements, cancellations and refunds without the support of insurance policies or government funding.

"For the surviving events, the challenge of coming back has not been easy, not least because of the general public’s understandable nervousness towards committing to an event during such uncertain times.

"It is therefore an incredible result for all mass participation running events, that Brighton Marathon 2022 has closed general entries on such a high and positive note."

Tom Naylor, event director at Brighton Marathon Weekend said: “Each year we can forecast our entry numbers with some degree of certainty based on previous years, allowing us to plan our finances.

"Throughout the pandemic, it has been exceptionally difficult for us and our industry colleagues, with an ever-changing outlook from government.

"It is amazing to have closed our entries for 2022 with such a positive uptake and I am incredibly excited for our industry, our charities, our city and our participants that the year ahead looks so much brighter and healthier for us all.”

Brighton Marathon will take place on Sunday April 10 2022, as part of Brighton Marathon Weekend, which runs from Friday 8 – Sunday April 10.

The event is renowned for its spectator support, stunning scenery and vibrant city atmosphere.

While general entries are now closed for Brighton Marathon, places are still available with the charities and who need people to raise funds for their good causes.

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