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Runners From Across the World Expected for the Beachy Head Marathon

24 September 2019

With less than one month to go before the start of the Beachy Head Marathon and 10K event, there will be a global field of competitors ready to take on one of the UK’s biggest off road races on Saturday 26 October.

Beachy Head MarathonThe Eastbourne based marathon is one of the most challenging courses in the UK, stretching across miles of stunning local scenery taking in both the South Downs National Park and the East Sussex coast.

The 2019 race has attracted interest from across the globe with entries from the Netherlands, Sweden, Norway, Italy, Czech Republic, Belgium and even from Hawaii!

The marathon route takes in the pretty local villages of Jevington and Alfriston, through picturesque countryside including the Friston Forest and Cuckmere Valley and then along the scenic heritage coastline towards Beachy Head itself.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “With a route that takes in some of the country’s most stunning landscapes it’s no surprise that the Beachy Head Marathon has once again attracted registrations from across the world, with a global field of competitors expected to be on the starting line this October. This truly unique event is also great for spectators too, with plenty of spots all along the route to cheer on the runners while admiring the fantastic views.”

While entries for the 2019 marathon have now closed, entries are still open for the 10K event. This race offers a shorter version of the course, with runners setting off just after the marathon with a cross-country route to the Belle Tout Lighthouse and back. The 10K is a great introduction to cross country running or for those simply looking to run a shorter distance.

For those who come down to support the runners, the event is a great opportunity for them to enjoy a great day out enjoying the magnificent coastal views or exploring the picture perfect country villages. Spectators can hop on one of the Brighton & Hove Coaster buses between Eastbourne and Brighton to various viewing points including Cuckmere Valley at the Seven Sisters Centre and Beachy Head.

The Beachy Head Marathon and 10K both start outside Bede’s Prep School on Dukes Drive. The marathon begins at 9.00am while the 10K Race sets off at 10.00am. Marathon runners are expected back between midday and 6pm.

Volunteers are also needed to help steward sections of the course or around the start/finish area. Those that would like to help should contact

The organisers of the marathon would also like to thank this year’s sponsors; Euro Self Drive, Bede’s Prep School and GU Energy.

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