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Brighton & Hove Rainbow Run to return for third fabulous year in August

Graham Robson April 19, 2024

Rapidly becoming an essential part of the Brighton & Hove Pride weekend, the Brighton & Hove Rainbow Run – a 5K fun run raising money for local LGBTQ charity, the Brighton Rainbow Fund – returns to Hove Park on Friday, August 2 at 7pm.

This year promises to be bigger, better, louder and prouder! Organised by local LGBTQ running club, Brighton & Hove FrontRunners, the Rainbow Run promises to be a fun and lively carnival atmosphere with runners encouraged to wear their best festival outfits. Prizes will be awarded for the fastest male, female and non-binary runners as well as for the best fancy dress. DJs from Gaydio will be setting up in the park and runners will be treated to tunes and entertainment throughout and after the race. The run will once again be hosted by local drag queens and friends.

Beginning in 2022, the Rainbow Run has now expanded to accommodate 500 eager runners and has also introduced awards for best corporate and non-corporate groups. Runners are also encouraged to create their own teams, if not already part of one. Details can be found on the website.

Making a welcome return is the Rainbow Run Couch to 5K, a nine-week training course guaranteed to take participants from zero to hero, crossing the finish line fully supported by UK Athletics-qualified instructors. The sessions, which begin May 29, are open to all and cost only £25 including race entry.

All participants, be they runners, joggers or walkers, will receive a bespoke Rainbow Run medal as well as goodie bags containing lots of surprises from local businesses. Scott Oakley, chair of the organising committee, says: “We are really proud to see how far the Rainbow Run has come in such a short time. We never dreamed of the impact it would have and how much we’ve been able to raise for local charities. We can’t wait to welcome everyone.”

The Rainbow Run 5K fun run around Hove Park takes place on Friday, August 2 at 7pm. Entry costs £17pp and £15 for EA members. If available, a small number of tickets will be available on the day of the event. Proceeds go to the local LGBTQ+ charity, the Brighton Rainbow Fund.

For more information and to sign up, CLICK HERE