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Biggest Ever Beachy Head Marathon Brings Global Field of Athletes

18 October 2017

The Beachy Head Marathon and the 10k event look set to welcome their biggest ever entry field this year, with nearly 3,000 expected to cross the finish line in Eastbourne on Saturday 28 October.

Marathon start line By Sussex Sport Photography

 

The stunning 26.2 mile route through the South Downs National Park and its accompanying 10k run, will be welcoming more nationalities than ever before with runners from as far afield as the USA, Jamaica, Japan, China, Australia and New Zealand.

Runners, joggers and walkers will be completing one of the biggest and toughest off-road marathons in the UK, overcoming 300 steps and 14 gates, through magnificent coastal scenery and picturesque villages along the Cuckmere Valley, Seven Sisters, Friston Forest and Beachy Head.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “This is a truly unique sporting event and one which brings many athletes and their supporters into Eastbourne, which is great for our hotels and local economy.

The atmosphere on the ground is always wonderful thanks to the many spectators, volunteers, entertainment and beautiful views along the way. It’s the perfect day out to cheer on the runners and explore some of our wonderful coast and countryside, before finding a cosy village pub or tea room to settle down in.

Our thanks go to the many sponsors and volunteers, who help to make this a first class event - it is one of the reasons why the marathon is often rated as one of the best in the world.”

Runners will be able to take advantage of food and drink at each checkpoint thanks to sponsorship by foodservice wholesaler Booker, with other sponsors including Outdoor Fitness & Adventure Magazine and Tempo Specialist Running Shop.

Over 140 volunteers and local organisations are supporting the event which has donated over £77,000 to charity since 2002, alongside the £40,000 on average raised by the participants taking part each year.

The eldest participant in the Marathon will receive the Leslie Smith Award on the day, which commemorates the tireless work of the Marathon founder, which will be presented by Helen Smith.

Watch the Action
The Beachy Head Marathon kicks off at 9am on Saturday 28 October from the start/finish line at Bede’s School. The 10k starts at 9.30am, running to Belle Tout Lighthouse and back.

Marathon finishers are expected from 11.45am onwards, with a steady stream until the last one home at approx. 6pm.

Spectators can cheer on runners at any point along the route through Jevington, Alfriston, Litlington, Friston Forest, the Cuckmere Valley, Seven Sisters, Birling Gap and Beachy Head. Entertainment along the way includes the Americana sound of Gadzooks at Litlington and the return of the Lone Piper at various points along the course.

The Brighton & Hove Buses Coaster route covers many viewing spots along the way and Seven Sisters Visitor Centre offers the best viewing spot with car parking and toilets.

To volunteer at the marathon, email Julie.paul@eastbourne.gov.uk. For more information visit www.beachyheadmarathon.co.uk.

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