Charities are hoping for a fundraising bonanza from the Brighton Marathon.

More than 233 local and national organisations are expecting to benefit from the 5,000 official charity places set aside for the big day.

Marathon organisers believe as much as £6 million could be raised, almost double the amount from last year.

The marathon attracted the interest of almost 160 charities in its first year in 2010, but its success led to a sharp rise in applications, with several organisations ending up on a waiting list.

DON'T miss The Argus for full coverage of the marathon.

There will be a full preview in tomorrow's paper with a map of the route, weather forecast, road closures and the best places for spectators to stand.

During the race, we will have pictures, videos and updates with a picture gallery of runners and the crowd.

We will also be running a live blog online at

You can text pictures and videos to 80360 with the catchline SUPIC or email pictures to The Argus press gang will be at Hove Lawns with goody bags and free posters so you can write good luck messages to runners.

We will be publishing a picture special on Monday followed by a list of the full results on Tuesday. You can buy any of the pictures of the marathon by calling 01273 544526 or 01273 544544 or email

You can also buy the pictures by going to