As thousands of runners gear up to take on the Brighton Marathon here is everything you need to know about the weekend of events.

Brighton Marathon returns to the city this weekend under the new management of London Marathon Events, who took over from Grounded Events in December last year.

What events make up the weekend?

The weekend will begin with the mini mile on Saturday, April 1 at 11am in Preston Park.

On Sunday, April 2, the Brighton Marathon 10k will set off from Hove Lawns at 9am.

Brighton Marathon will start from Preston Park at 9.45am.

How many people are expected to take part?

  • 15,000 participants expected across the Brighton Marathon weekend:
  • 1,686 participants signed up for the mini mile
  • 3,592 participants registered for the BM10K
  • 12,311 participants are registered for the Brighton Marathon

A total of 130 charities have places in the events with participants raising money for an array of causes.

You can find out about some of the inspirational runners taking part here.

What is the route?

For 2023, both the BM10K and Brighton Marathon have slightly updated routes, which London Marathon Events said aims to improve the event experience for participants.

Both events feature new routes and a new finish line in Hove Lawns, replacing the "Beach Village" near Madeira Drive.

The Argus: The marathon routeThe marathon route (Image: London Marathon events)

The marathon will start at Preston Park, and the route goes into Withdean before the turn back down London Road towards the city.

Once past the Pavilion, the route goes up into Kemptown and then follows the coast to Ovingdean before a final turn back, following the coast along the promenade and into Hove before finishing at Hove Lawns.

Which roads will be closed?

Road closures have been separated into zones with roads being closed and reopened at different times of the day.

The Argus: A map of the road closuresA map of the road closures (Image: London Marathon events)

You can see the full list here.

Who are the official starters?

The official starters will be Brighton residents and stars of RuPaul’s Drag Race Alfie Ordinary and Joe Black.