book now: run 5.30 early morning 5k

There’s something rather wonderful about being out and about in the city before the streets start filling with noise and people. You get a completely different perspective. So we love the idea of Run 5.30, which gets people up and running (or walking!) before work – you guessed it, at 5.30am – while most of the population are still slumbering in their beds.

Held for the first time in Brighton in 2017, the event attracted over 350 people of all ages. They grew to 800 in 2019 and are back again this year for their fourth outing (with a new T-shirt design and special early-bird rates this month!). So pop Friday 17th July in your calendars, Brighton & Hove, and don’t forget to set those alarm clocks!

The event was originally set up by nutritionist Sabrina Severi and designer and early-morning runner Sergio Bezzanti in their native Italy 11 years ago before expanding across Europe. They wanted to promote a positive lifestyle centred on daily physical activity and healthy eating, proving it’s easy to fit exercise into busy lives, simply by waking up a bit earlier. Now, they’re celebrating 11 years of the event and Brighton is the last stop on their Run 5.30 tour.

And there will be breakfast, too: a delicious healthy (locally sourced) one that’s going to help lure us out from under the covers: fresh, seasonal fruit and iced tea. Any leftovers will be donated to local homeless charities, too.

And, if you’re taking part and aren’t local (or just fancy minimising the time from bed to starting point), all participants get 25% off flexible rate bookings at My Brighton Hotel for the nights of 16th and 17th July, as well as a £10 bar or car park spend and some special in-room energy snacks.

The 5.3k closed-road course starts from New Road, crosses the Lanes, goes down the seafront and then returns for a glorious finish in the Pavilion gardens. And then there’s that breakfast… not forgetting the satisfaction of knowing you’ve smashed your day’s exercise before most people have even woken up. So who’s with us?

Friday 17th July, 5.30am (but arrive at 5.00am!); from £12
New Road, Brighton BN1 1BN