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Strong International Line Up Join The Thousands Taking Part in the Beachy Head Marathon

19 Oct 2018

Athletes from across the world are getting ready to take on the stunning coastal and country course of the Beachy Head Marathon and 10K event on Saturday 27 October.

Beachy Head Marathon
Over 3,000 participants are expected to compete this year, and the race has once again attracted a truly international field of entrants. Those taking part will include runners from France, USA, Norway and Nigeria plus entrants from 16 other nations.

The event, which is one of the UK’s biggest off-road marathons, also attracts a wide variety of ages and abilities all looking to conquer the challenging course. This year, the oldest competitor will be Jeanne Coker, who will be running in the 10K event at the age of 81.

Jeanne, who travels down to the event from her home in north London, previously competed in the marathon during the 1990s.

Commenting on the race, Jeanne said “I have been a member of the Highgate Harriers running club for over 60 years. Running brings a sense of achievement when you have completed any race plus the camaraderie with other runners and many friendships formed too. Competing in the Beachy Head 10k event brings a real sense of well-being, once I’ve recovered from the exhaustion!”

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “It’s great to see that once again the Beachy Head Marathon and 10K has attracted entrants from across the world. The course shows off some of our wonderful local scenery and the whole event is a great day out, not just for the competitors, but also those who come along to cheer them all on.

“Many choose to make the most of their weekend, staying in our local hotels and guesthouses and then go on to celebrate their race successes in one of our many bars, pubs and restaurants. The marathon is a huge team effort and thanks go to the many sponsors and volunteers, who help to make the event a success.”

The 26.2 mile marathon route will take in some stunning local scenery as it passes through the South Downs National Park via pretty villages including Jevington and Alfriston. The final part of the challenging course will take the runners along the Seven Sisters Way past Cuckmere Haven, Birling Gap and of course, over Beachy Head.

This year, as every other, participants will remember the tireless work of marathon founder, Leslie Smith, whose family make an annual award at the event. This year, the award will be presented by Helen Smith to the first female walker to cross the finish line.

Where to Watch the Action
The Beachy Head Marathon begins at 9am on Saturday 27 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.

This year, event organisers will be installing road closures on Dukes Drive and Upper Dukes Drive plus in the village of Litlington (access for businesses maintained) in order to safely manage the amount of marathon spectators and supporters who visit the area.

The official Beachy Head Marathon viewing area is Seven Sisters Country Park, where there will be parking, refreshments, plus super views of the course.

Alternatively, hop on one of Brighton & Hove Buses Coaster service with regular buses between Eastbourne and Brighton to various viewing points around the course.

The organisers of the marathon would also like to thank this year’s sponsors; Tempo Specialist Running Shop, Euro Self Drive, Premier Stores, Clif Bar & Company and Eastbourne Motoring Centre.

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

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