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Local Charities Receive Invaluable Donation after Record Breaking Year at Beachy Head Marathon

23 January 2018

Local charities assisting at the Beachy Head Marathon, received an important boost from organisers on Thursday 18 January, as the Mayor of Eastbourne awarded local voluntary groups with donation cheques, following a record year at the annual running event.

Beachy Head Marathon Cheque Presentation


Funds raised at this year’s marathon meant that the event organisers were able to reward the hard work and dedication offered by charities and voluntary groups by donating a collective figure of £8300, an 8% rise on last year’s sum.

Since the events relaunch by Eastbourne Borough Council in 2002, over £85,000 has been donated so far. It is also estimated that charities receive a further £40,000 per year through runner’s sponsorship alone.

The groups receiving part of the cheque donation are The Seahaven Evening Trefoil Guild, The Tuesday O’Hara Fund, Beachy Head Ramblers, St John’s Ambulance, Seaford Striders, The Eastbourne Sea Cadets Unit 117, The Rotary Club of Hailsham, HM Coastguard Birling Gap and Eastbourne, The Chestnut Tree House Hospice, the Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards, 4x4 Assist and Victoria Drive Baptist Church Events Team.

Last year’s event saw a massive 2157 runners, walkers and joggers cross the finish line. The first male to finish was Todd Leckie from Bodyworks XTC Club Eastbourne with a time of 2:56:45, while the female in first place was Alexie Williams from Dulwich Runners with a time of 3:27:11.

2017 saw the continued success of the 10K race which had a 71% increase in finishers, bringing the total to 751. The 10K was won by Ross Brocklehurst from Eastbourne Rovers AC who finished in 0:38:1 and the first female to cross the finish line was Sue Fry from Hailsham Harriers who was the fastest female for the second year in a row with the time of 0:41:54. These times were recorded via chip timing which was kindly provided by TL Sports Events.

All runners were met with snacks and drinks by event sponsor Premier Foods as well as being given energy drinks by Carabao.

The Mayor extended a special thank you to a number of groups and organisations who supported the event and have contributed to its ongoing success.

Bede’s School’s headmasters, Peter Goodyer and Giles Entwisle, and their staff were praised for allowing the use of school facilities to ensure the smooth running of the event.

The commentary services for 2017 were once again co-ordinated by Alistair Turner who spent around 9 hours welcoming runners back at the finish line and sharing valuable visitor information. Nicola Williams and Don Ellis were both thanked for course marking and offering their assistance at the event.

Ensuring the event ran safely on the day and offering support to the events team was safety officer, Mark Marsden. Medical support was provided by Elite Medical Services and St John’s Ambulance who generously offered their time at the finish line and around the course.

The Beachy Head Marathon and 10K will return this year on Saturday 27 October. Volunteers can apply to steward the event by filling in the form online or following the contact details provided online. Entries are now open and more information can be found at

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