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Beachy Head Marathon Saturday 29 October 2016 - Starts 9am

The Eastbourne Beachy Head Marathon is one the biggest off-road marathons in the UK. Formerly known as the Seven Sisters Marathon, it is popular for its scenic and challenging route through the South Downs National Park countryside. Great for runners, joggers or walkers looking to get fit.

The 10k run will set off just after the marathon with a route comprising of breathtaking views and challenges.


Start/Finish from Bedes School, Dukes Drive, Eastbourne BN20 7XL 

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Stuart Mills (c) Sussex Sport Photography

The 2015 Beachy Head Marathon was run in good weather which made the stunning scenery on route even more beautiful.

Congratulations go to the 2015 winner Stuart Mills from Uckfield Runners who won his 8th Beachy Head Marathon in a time of 3hrs 8 minutes 6 seconds and to the first lady home Sarah Swinhoe from London Heathside who completed the course in 3hrs 23mins & 44secs. Congratulations to all who took part.

2011 Beachy Head Marathon Photos, image by Sussex Sport Photography

Previous Years Race Photos

View a selection of photos from the 2015 Beachy Head Marathon, taken by Sussex Sport Photography.com and Eastbourne Borough Council. 

These photo's are absolutely amazing and are a great way to remember the big day and the momentous occasion that was 'Beachy Head'!

Visit the Sussex Sport Photography website to view all race photos from the 2015 event.

FAQ's and Contact Us

Marathon Videos from 2011

If you have a question regarding the Beachy Head Marathon or 10K event then the best place to look is our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's) section as this has answers to many questions already asked by entrants and so we hope you find it useful.

However if this does not answer your question then please do get in contact with us by email.




Beachy Head 10K start 2013


Beachy Head Marathon Race Information

The Beachy Head Marathon is a long established fixture in the race calendar and attracts over 1,500 runners including overseas participants.

The marathon covers a 26 mile course that includes 300 steps and 14 gates, passing through Jevington, Alfriston, Litlington, Friston Forest, the Cuckmere Valley and Seven Sisters, including Birling Gap and Beachy Head. With live music at key points along the way, there will be plenty of viewing points for spectators to cheer entrants on around the course.

Race Start Time 09:00 - Runners return between 12:00 & 18:00

Race Route & Profile    Viewing Locations    Checkpoint & Marshall locations

Hop on one of Brighton & Hove Buses Coaster service with regular buses between Eastbourne and Brighton to various viewing points around the course including Cuckmer Valley at the Seven Sister Centre and of course, Beachy Head!


Beachy Head 10k Race Information

Whether you are looking for an iconic personal challenge or raising money for charity, you can look no further than the Beachy Head 10k; organised in conjunction with the full Marathon on the 29th October, offering an exciting yet challenging course through some fantastic scenery. The 2015 winner of this event was Ben Short with a time of 37 minutes and 34 seconds.

Race Start Time: 10K 09:30 - Runners return between 10:15 & 11:30

Beachy Head Marathon Checkpoints

View Beachy Head Marathon Routes

Tour the South Downs and cheer on runners with best views from Checkpoint 2 (Bo-Peep), Checkpoint 4 (Birling Gap) and along Beachy Head Road.

OS Map A               OS Map B               OS Map C               OS Map D

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Beachy Head 10K


This great route specifically designed for the event starts off with the same initial notorious hill start before winding along the coastal trail and looping back around to finish at Bede's School. The winner of the 2015 10K event was Ben Short of Horley Harriers with a time of 37mins and 34secs.

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Be a volunteer!

Thank you to the many volunteers who helped marshall the 2015 event, with your help we hope to have raised lots of money for local charities.
Become a gamesmaker! We are looking for plenty of volunteers to Steward the marathon next year in 2016. We couldn't manage without our army of fabulous helpers. Please do get in touch if you would like to come and join us and be part of this fantastic day. If you can help please call 01323 415442 or please Email us for details.

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Our Partners & Sponsors:

A big THANK YOU to the following for their support at the 2015 event.

Eastbourne Motoring Centre Ltd
Southern Railway
Vintage Inns Beachy Head
Brighton & Hove Coaster Buses
Choice Vehicle Rentals

And thanks to...

The organisers would like to thank all the volunteers and charities that are kindly manning the checkpoints - Chestnut Tree House Hospice, Beachy Head Ramblers, Eastbourne Sea Cadets, Hailsham Rotary Club, Maritime Coastguard Agency, Tuesday O’Hara, Trefoil Guild (Sussex), St John Ambulance.