On your marks for the Beachy Head Marathon

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Intrepid runners, joggers and walkers will be tackling the 26.2 miles of hills, steps and stiles that make up the Beachy Head Marathon later this month.

The marathon, regularly voted as one of the most iconic events in the country, covers 300 steps and 14 gates, passing through Jevington, Alfriston, Litlington, Friston Forest, the Cuckmere Valley and Seven Sisters, including Birling Gap and Beachy Head.

The race starts and finishes at Bede’s School, Dukes Drive, with the starting pistol going at 9am on October 25.

There are 1,750 places for runners – and still some available. Last year an impressive £6,300 was raised for charity – 12 per cent more than the previous year.

An Eastbourne Borough Council spokesperson said, “The Beachy Head Marathon and new last year; 10k, are a huge success in the Eastbourne events calendar.

“Whether walking, jogging or running, the route takes participants on a stunning scenic route.”

Spectators will be able to cheer entrants on around the course with the easiest accessible for spectators being at the Seven Sisters Country Park and Birling Gap.

There will also be live music at key points along the way providing entertainment at the viewing points.

Last year, a new additional 10 kilometre race was added and it will return again this year.

Hill runners can enjoy a shorter version of the marathon with a route comprising of breathtaking views and challenges.

Organisers have announced this year’s official charities as Eastbourne and District Mencap, St Wilfrid’s Hospice and Run 4 Cancer.

The Beachy Head Marathon starts at 9am with runners returning between noon to 6pm. The 10k race will start shortly after the marathon.

To enter visit www.beachyheadmarathon.co.uk. To volunteer to help at the event, email Julie.Paul@Eastbourne.gov.uk or call 415442.