Brighton Pier saw queues of people waiting to play as the annual Brighton Marathon and warm weather drew in hundreds of thousands of participants and spectators.
Additional footfall provided Brighton Pier with a ‘bumper weekend’ and ‘a very busy arcade’ as marathon runners caught some downtime on the south coast attraction.
Taking place on the hottest day of the year so far, the 12,500 runners competing dealt with temperatures of up to 14 degrees, whilst businesses enjoyed increased trade brought in by the 150,000 spectators watching.
Brighton Pier was prepared for the influx of people that the event attracts and noted that the arcade in particular was busier than usual with queues of people waiting to play.
“The marathon coincided this year with a very warm weekend so we were lucky to have the benefit of marathon runners and their families plus day trippers taking advantage of the weather.” said Anne Martin, managing director of Brighton Pier.
“The additional footfall provided a bumper weekend for the pier and the arcade in particular was very busy with queues of people waiting to play.”
The Brighton Marathon Weekend featured youth races on the Saturday before the main 26.2 mile race on the Sunday, keeping visitors in Brighton the whole weekend and further contributing to business on the pier.