On your marks to claim town half marathon cash

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The organisers of the Eastbourne Half Marathon are looking for worthy causes to give money to from the 2013 event.

While most of the Half Marathon proceeds are given to specific headline causes, funds are always kept back to help local schools, clubs and societies with projects which might not otherwise happen.

In recent years money has been given to fund things as diverse as rowing equipment, a boxing club, camping equipment, buying animals for a school farm, street pastors, organisations for disabled people and Guides.

There are no rules or limits, but in general donations of £200-300 are made to help with something just outside the reach of the applicants.

Last year the Half Marathon made its largest donation of this kind to Eastbourne Sovereign Sailing Club because of the amount of effort made by club members in giving back to the community.

Half marathon organiser Mike Reid said, “It has a tremendous track record in helping marshal the Half Marathon and over the last two years, the Sunshine Carnival as well.

“These events usually need 50 members or more who volunteer to give up their time and sailing to let others enjoy the benefits of sailing in Eastbourne. The Half Marathon was instrumental in helping the club succeed in competing for one of the safety boats called Legacy, which featured in last year’s Olympics, and now Legacy is often to be seen in use training new sailors on Eastbourne’s glorious waters.”

Organisations needing help with a project and can show how it gives back to Eastbourne should send applications to Reid+Dean, 99 South Street, Eastbourne, BN21 4LU, or to info@reiddean.com, before Monday July 8.