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Brighton Trail Weekend course view

Bucket list event announced by Brighton Marathon team

Brighton Trail Marathon will feature 1,000m plus of elevation!

It's never too early to plan for something really special and the brand new Brighton Trail Weekend by Grounded Events Company is going to be on everyone's bucket list. Scheduled for 25-26 June 2022, there is a whole year of training ahead to prepare for what promises to be a challenging but hugely enjoyable run through South Downs National Park.

Grounded Events Company, organisers of the established Brighton Marathon Weekend, have been working closely with experienced local trail runners, Brighton & Hove City Council, and South Downs National Park to craft an inspiring weekend of trail running in the beautiful Sussex countryside. Similar to Brighton Marathon Weekend, the Brighton Trail Weekend will offer a full marathon, 10K, and youth distance events in the summer of next year.

Tom Naylor, Event Director said: “We are extremely proud to launch Brighton Trail Weekend. This is set to be a truly unique trail running event, with the Marathon starting from the city centre and finishing in the South Downs. As a 'Brightonian' who grew up running on the local trails, I cannot wait to see it come to life. We very much hope to welcome new runners to Brighton but also many that have previously taken part in Brighton Marathon Weekend and offer them an amazing running experience in the beautiful South Downs National Park”.

Brighton Trail Marathon (1,056m ascent) will start on Brighton’s iconic seafront from the usual Brighton Marathon finish line. Runners head straight into the South Downs National Park to discover rolling hills, chalky trails, and enchanting Sussex woodlands. Finishing at the Event Village in Stanmer Park, they will enjoy stunning scenery with friends and family as they celebrate their achievements.

Also taking place will be the Brighton Trail 10K (174m ascent) set in the impressive estate of Stanmer Park and South Downs National Park. The Brighton Trail 10K will wind through the woodland of Stanmer’s grade II registered landscape and the picturesque hills beyond before finishing in the Event Village, ahead of the marathon runners.

Following in the footsteps of the Mini Mile Races at Brighton Marathon Weekend, the Brighton Trail Kids (87m ascent) will be a safe and fully supported trail run for under-17s, held entirely within the woods and fields of Stanmer Park. 

It may be more than a year in advance but organisers are requesting anyone keen on running Brighton Trail Marathon to register their interest by Monday 21 June 2021. Details of all Brighton Trail Weekend events are available at the website here  

Image: Courtesy Grounded Events Company Ltd

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