Ready, set, go to the town’s Half Marathon

Eastbourne Half Marathon
Eastbourne Half Marathon

Entries are flooding in for the ninth Eastbourne Half Marathon which returns to Princes Park on March 3.

Already entries have topped last year’s success which saw more than 1,400 people complete the race, including runners from Belgium and Italy, and the course record stands at 1 hour and 11 minutes.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member Cllr Carolyn Heaps said, “The Half Marathon is a fantastic opportunity to do some exercise or improve fitness, raise money for excellent charities and see the delights of Eastbourne’s seafront.

“The event is also enjoyable to watch and the atmosphere is always incredible.”

Taking in a 13 mile route along Eastbourne’s fantastic seafront, the course includes a mile-long hill in Meads and the scenic Sovereign Harbour.

Younger runners can also join in the challenge with a 1km race for under 12s and a 2km race for under 17s, making it a great family event and everyone receives a medal at the end.

The event which is sponsored by Reid+Dean, kicks off at Princes Park at 10am and has become a popular run for fitness fans, with many raising money for local charities with a target this year of £10,000.

Since launching the event, The Half Marathon has raised an impressive £110,000 for local charities and this year the event is proud to support Chestnut Tree House and Regain along with many other local charities.

Both junior and senior races will start at Princes Park; 10am start for the main event whilst junior events will both take place during the main event at 10.15am and 10.30am, with juniors crossing the finish line in an exciting end at the main gantry.

Organisers are looking for volunteers to help marshal the event.

This would entail giving up a few hours in the morning of the race, from 9am-1pm or whatever time volunteers can spare.

To volunteer or sign up for the race visit www.eastbournehalf.co.uk or call 734645