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Less Than 100 Days in the Running to Beachy Head Marathon

24 July 2017

Beachy Head Marathon and 10K returns on 28 October, giving fitness fanatics 3 months to register and train for one of the UK’s biggest off-road marathons.

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The Eastbourne based marathon celebrates its 16th year on Saturday 28 October as one of the most challenging races in the UK, stretching over miles of stunning South Downs National Park scenery for competitors and spectators to enjoy.

The breath-taking route attracts entrants from all over the world to one of the UK’s most challenging courses with 26.2 miles, 300 steps and 14 gates to overcome. This year’s athletes are set to travel from as far as New Zealand, America and Canada in a bid to take home the winning title.

Famed for its testing yet incredible location, the marathon passes through Jevington, Alfriston, Friston Forest, the Cuckmere Valley and Seven Sisters, including Birling Gap and Beachy Head.

For those who are looking for an iconic personal challenge or looking to raise money for charity, the 10k Race is the perfect starting route as it runs across the stunning South Downs to Belle Tout Lighthouse and back.

With 3 months until the marathon and 10K, there is plenty of time for runners to get into winning shape or begin raising money for their chosen charities, with entry costing just £28 for the 10K and £45 for the marathon.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said “World class athletes travel far and wide to be a part of our iconic off-road marathon so it’s no surprise to see that this year’s entrants are travelling from as far as New Zealand. The Beachy Head Marathon is just as exciting for spectators as it is for runners as it draws the crowds to some of Sussex’s most breath taking scenery year after year, it is an experience not to be missed.”

Runners at the Beachy Head Marathon and 10K are not the only ones in for a prize-winning day as the course runs through hidden villages, forests and landscapes, making for the perfect day out. 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 the iconic 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. Registration is still open for runners to take part and spaces are available for volunteers to steward the event. For more information please visit

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