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Get On Your Marks – Just Six Weeks To Go Before the Start of the Beachy Head Marathon

12 September 2018

Its six weeks to go before the start of one of the UK’s biggest off-road races, the Beachy Head Marathon and 10K event. Runners will get under starters orders at 9am on Saturday 27th October.

Beachy Head MarathonThe Eastbourne based marathon has been challenging fitness fanatics and fun runners for over 16 years. As one of the most challenging races in the UK, the course stretches over miles of stunning South Downs National Park and Sussex heritage coastline scenery.

Once again the race has attracted interest from across the world with competitors from France, Australia, Canada, Hong Kong and Japan already registering to take part in the 2018 event.

The breath-taking route takes in some of East Sussex’s quiet villages and picturesque countryside including Jevington, Alfriston, Friston Forest, the Cuckmere Valley and Seven Sisters, including Birling Gap and of course Beachy Head.

Introduced in 2013 and now a firm favourite, the 10 kilometre race has been added to the event where hill runners can enjoy a shorter version of the marathon course. It will set off just after the marathon with a route comprising of similar breath taking views and challenges to Belle Tout Lighthouse and back. The 10K is a great introduction to cross country or for those looking to run a shorter distance.

With just over a month to go before the race gets underway, there’s still time to register to take part with entries priced at £32 for the 10K and £50 for the marathon. But be quick, as entry registration closes on 19th October or before if category becomes full.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “The Beachy Head Marathon offers runners one of the most challenging courses in the UK and last year over 3000 people registered to take part. The stunning coastal route also draws in crowds of spectators too, which is of course a fantastic boost for our local economy.”

For those who come down to show their support, the marathon provides a great opportunity for them to enjoy some of the stunning local scenery with the course taking in pretty villages, coastal vistas and the rolling landscape of the South Downs.

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 Bedes School on Dukes Drive. The Marathon begins at 9.00am while the 10K Race sets off at 9.30am. 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; Tempo Specialist Running Shop, Euro Self Drive, Premier Stores and Clif Bar & Company.

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