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Sports Weekends in Sussex: Visit Brighton

With the weather ever improving there’s plenty of sports weekends in Sussex coming up. So instead of booking a Brighton B&B and just visiting Brighton for its shopping and clubbing, make it a base for more active weekends.

Summer activities, and Brighton play all year round

In Brighton we play all year round Photo: Flickr/garynight

Here’s a look ahead to what the county has on offer:

Brighton and Hove is hosting the annual Sainsbury’s Sport Relief Mile Event. So get the family involved, get a cheap weekend in Brighton booked and do your bit by the seaside. The run takes place on Sunday 24th March on Madeira Drive and you can register at

In April there’ll be thousands of people putting in the miles in the Brighton Marathon. Places are still available – if you’ve a last minute fancy for 26 and a bit miles…

Cyclists not prepared to wait till the London to Brighton can get their wheels spinning through the night on the BHF Night Ride. It’s an over-nighter, so you can either book a Brighton B&B and make a weekend of it or go back on the train after a full English to finish. You could always cycle back – you may laugh, someone will do it!

Third week in June is the main London to Brighton bike ride. Expect there to be 27,000 other riders taking part. If you’ve not done it before, you really should.

And to get the summer of sport going there’s the annual Take Part Festival in Preston Park where you can try out all sorts of new sports.

That’s the main sports weekends in Sussex, but there are hundreds more activities you could do on a weekend in Brighton: Zorbing on the South Downs, sailing classes off the beach and at the Marina, and some wakeboarding and kitesurfing at Hove Lagoon.

And you’ll still get to go shopping in Brighton – I don’t care how fit you say you are, or how tight your cycling pants are. Once it’s all over you’re still wanting to get away from work, get a weekend break and get to the beach. And if you can’t fit in any sport, so what. Come down anyway. Brighton is just waking up from its winter hybernation and it’s definitly the place to be when the sun’s shining

And we’ve got two sets of beach volleyball courts. People were playing on them over the weekend – in February!

So we’ll see you soon!

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Brighton Marathon: Hotel ready for Help for Heroes runner

It’s that time of year again. Hundreds of runners are in their final stages of preparation for the Brighton Marathon and our hotel is taking part. Well, ok, we are not running. But we are doing our bit to help…

Simon Buckden - runner for Help for Heroes

Simon Buckden - runner for Help for Heroes

If you find just watching the run tiring enough, spare a thought for Simon Buckden. He’s running 100 marathons in 100 weeks for Help for Heroes. That’s a marathon every week for 2 years!

Simon will be running the Brighton Marathon on April 15th. And we were so impressed with his effort we’ve sorted out a room for him. If you want to find out how the hell he’s still going and the story behind his epic charity effort, catch up with him on Facebook.

Despite only in its third year the Brighton Marathon is now a well established part of the city’s sporting calendar. And thanks to a route that passes through town and along the seafront, it should be easy to spot Simon and any other people brave* enough to give it a go.

This year it’s on Sunday April the 15th. Such is the events growing popularity it’s now in the top 12 running events in the UK. Also, the number of runners is up 20 per cent on last year to 18,000.

All the places were snapped up ages ago, although keen bean runners may still be able to get a charity place.

The route runs from Preston Park to the edge of the South Downs, Ovingdean, Rottingdean, Hove and Shoreham before ending on Madeira Drive – more than far enough.

Want to find out more about this and other deals we have on rooms in our Brighton B&B? Just connect with us on Facebook, give us a like, or follow us on Twitter.

And runners: you’re nuts! But as Brighton is several cucumbers short of its picnic, you’re actually no crazier than the people living here! And they’ll be out in force to cheer you on!

*Brave: see mad, crazy, delusional, dressed in skimpy shorts.

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