Beachy Head Marathon is calling for more volunteers

Beachy Head Marathon SUS-140310-122053001

Beachy Head Marathon SUS-140310-122053001

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More volunteers are needed to help out with the Beachy Head Marathon after a surge in people signing up for the gruelling running challenge.

The event returns to the beauty spot on October 25 and the organisers are appealing for helpers to marshal the event, hand out water and medals at the end.

Eastbourne Borough Council cabinet member for tourism and leisure, Cllr Carolyn Heaps said, “The Beachy Head Marathon has such a wonderful atmosphere and a great crowd of supporters along the route.

“The runners and walkers taking part really appreciate the cheery welcome from the volunteers along the way, and of course the charities benefit too from the much needed funds generated by the event.”

The Beachy Head Marathon, which last year raised thousands for 11 local charities, needs more than 150 volunteers required to marshal the scenic and challenging route through the South Downs National Park.

Following the successful addition of a new 10km route last year, organisers are seeking even more volunteers at the annual sporting fixture, as entries to the 10k run begin to exceed those of previous years.

Around 1,750 runners and walkers are expected to take part along the marathon route which kicks off at 9am, with a further 400 runners taking part in the 10k race at 9.30am. Entries range from serious runners or walking enthusiasts to charity fundraisers in fancy dress and those simply looking to get fit.

To volunteer for marshalling or any other duties at the Beachy Head Marathon, email julie.paul@eastbourne.gov.uk or call 01323 415442.

A limited number of entry places remain, visit www.beachyheadmarathon.org.uk