1,500 head off to marathon

Beachy Head Marathon October 27th 2012 E44055N
Beachy Head Marathon October 27th 2012 E44055N

MORE than 1500 hardy runners took part in 11th annual Beachy Head Marathon on Saturday (October 27).

Rob Harely of the University of Brighton won the event in a respectable time of three hours, nine minutes and fifty-one seconds.

Susie Casebourne of Bexhill Runners was the first woman home for the second time, finishing with a time of three hours, thirty-one minutes and twenty-nine seconds.

Although the weather was bitterly cold, it did not deter the 1,650 runners lacing up their trainers and donning their Lycra, many running for a variety of charities.

The run itself is said to be one of the best off-road marathons in the country, with the gruelling course covering some of the most beautiful downland in the new South Downs National Park.

Taking in Jevington, Alfriston, Litlington and Cuckmere Valley before the runners finally finish at St Bede’s School.

On a day when conditions really tested the runners physical and mental strength, the weather didn’t stop supporters from turning out in force to cheer on all the runners.

A small army of the marshals and volunteers also made an invaluable contribution to the event.

If you are interested in taking part in the 2013 Beachy Head Marathon visit http://www.visiteastbourne.com/events/BeachyHeadMarathon

For more photos see page 36 and The Herald on Friday.