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Brighton Half Marathon, which is organised by Sussex Beacon, seeks volunteers for the event on Sunday, October 10

Graham Robson September 23, 2021

The Brighton Half Marathon, organised by Brighton-based charity the Sussex Beacon, which provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV, is seeking volunteers to help out on race day on Sunday, October 10.

Volunteers play a key part in the event by supporting in a variety of roles, including helping with road marshalling, the start and finish area, drinks stations, baggage and medals.

Bill Puddicombe, chief executive of the Sussex Beacon, said: “The Brighton Half Marathon is a big day for the Sussex Beacon, but also for all the other charities, runners and volunteers who help out on the day.

“Like so many races, we rely on the support we receive from so many generous groups and individuals. We really couldn’t do it without you! We are currently looking for more volunteers for our October race, so if you would like to join us on the day, please contact us at or via our website.”

The race starts for runners at 9am on Madeira Drive before winding its way around some of Brighton’s most iconic sites including the Palace Pier, the Grand Brighton, the Royal Pavilion, West Pier, Brighton Marina, and the colourful Hove Beach Huts.

This year’s event was postponed from its usual slot in February to October 10 due to the pandemic, and the organisers want to thank all the runners, charities and sponsors for their continued support during this difficult year.

Jill Nalder

This year’s race will be started by Jill Nalder. Jill is an actress, activist and patron of the Sussex Beacon, best known as the inspiration behind the character Jill Baxter in the recent Channel 4 series, It’s A Sin.

Jill Nalder, actress and activist, said: “It is a real honour to start the Brighton Half Marathon and support the fantastic work the Sussex Beacon does for people living with HIV.

“Events like this are so important, not only as fundraising events for worthwhile charities, but also because they remind us all that HIV still affects many communities around the world. By coming together we can show our support and allyship with the people living with this condition today.”

Volunteers can sign up on the event website.

General entries for the race are still available now from The Brighton Half Marathon website; entries close on Sunday, September 26.