Record Year of Charity Donations for Beachy Head Marathon
25 January 2017
Local charities and voluntary groups are benefiting from another record year at Eastbourne’s Beachy Head Marathon, with donations to local groups reaching a record high.
After a successful event last October, organisers Eastbourne Borough Council are making a donation of £7,700 to a range of local charities and organisations who have assisted in staging the UK’s largest off road marathon.
Over 150 volunteers support the marathon and every year donations are given to each organisation as a special thank you for their assistance with marshalling, first aid and safety provision for the 2,200 runners, joggers and walkers taking part.
The Worshipful the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Pat Hearn said “It is thanks to these many volunteers that Eastbourne is able to stage one of the best scenic marathons in the world. We see runners travel far and wide across the globe to take up our 26.2 mile or 10k challenge, and we know the cheery welcome of our volunteers is one of the reasons our marathon is so popular.”
The success of the 2016 event has seen an increase of 10% on the overall donation fund and since its relaunch by Eastbourne Borough Council in 2002, over £77,000 has been donated so far. It is also estimated that charities receive a further £40,000 per year through runner’s sponsorship alone.
On Tuesday, a total of £7,700 in donations were awarded by the Mayor of Eastbourne to HM Coastguard Eastbourne, HM Coastguard Birling Gap, Rotary Club of Hailsham, Beachy Head Ramblers, Eastbourne Sea Cadets Unit 117, Seaford Striders, St John Ambulance, Chestnut Tree House Hospice, Tuesday O’Hara Fund, Seaford Evening Trefoil Guild, Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards, 4 x 4 Assist and The Mayor’s Charity (Refuge and The Duke of Edinburgh Eastbourne Open Awards Centre).
The event is also supported by Bede’s School, Bookers Wholesale, the Grand Hotel and Eastbourne Motoring Centre.