The Sussex Beacon Half Marathon makes business awards final for ‘Best Event in the City’

A team from The Sussex Beacon attended the Brighton and Hove Business awards held last night (15th September, 2016) as the Sussex Beacon Half Marathon was a finalist in the ‘Best event in the City’ category.

Pipped to the winning post by Carousel’s Oska Bright Film Festival, the half marathon was chosen as a finalist as it fulfilled the criteria, demonstrating innovation, a sense of distinctiveness and putting Brighton and Hove on the map.

A small group of individuals started the half marathon in 1990 and the money raised from that first race was used to help fund the building of The Sussex Beacon. The charity still organises the race today and it’s now one of the largest running events in the south-east and a significant fundraising event for many worthy charities and causes.

Simon Dowe, CEO of the Sussex Beacon said “Obviously we’re disappointed not to win the award, but we were delighted to be finalists alongside some other amazing organisations. The half marathon would not be possible without the dedication of both staff and volunteers so I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who makes it possible. With their hard work, it’s gone from strength to strength.”

In 2014, the Brighton Half Marathon was selected to join the Vitality Run Series, which features seven of the UK’s leading half marathons and two 10Ks. 2017 will be its 27th year.

The 2016 Brighton and Hove Business Awards are held in association with The Argus. Now in their eleventh year, the BAHBAs are firmly established as the city’s premier business awards scheme.

Other finalists in the Best Event in the City category alongside the half marathon and Carousel’s Oska Bright Film Festival were the Brighton Fringe and Burning the Clocks.

The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV. The charity provides both inpatient and outpatient services to promote independence and improve health. For more information visit or email

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