Volunteers are thanked for their marathon efforts

The Mayor of Eastbourne presents donation cheques to; Eastbourne Girl Guides, Seaford Striders, Tuesday O'Hara Fund, HM Coastguards Birling Gap, Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice, St John Ambulance, Eastbourne Sea Cadets, Beachy Head Ramblers, Rotary Club Hailsham, HM Coastguards Eastbourne and Care for the Carers; from �6950 raised by the 2014 Beachy Head Marathon runners. SUS-150127-131907001

The Mayor of Eastbourne presents donation cheques to; Eastbourne Girl Guides, Seaford Striders, Tuesday O'Hara Fund, HM Coastguards Birling Gap, Chestnut Tree House Children's Hospice, St John Ambulance, Eastbourne Sea Cadets, Beachy Head Ramblers, Rotary Club Hailsham, HM Coastguards Eastbourne and Care for the Carers; from �6950 raised by the 2014 Beachy Head Marathon runners. SUS-150127-131907001

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More than 2,000 runners helped to raise £6,950 for local charities and voluntary groups at the 2014 Beachy Head Marathon.

On Monday, 11 representatives from Sussex groups and charities were given a cheque by the Mayor of Eastbourne at a special thank you presentation.

The Mayor, Janet Coles said, “I’m very pleased to be able to share £6,950 between these wonderful local charities and voluntary groups.”

The groups which were awarded donations included Eastbourne Girl Guides, Seaford Striders, Tuesday O’Hara Fund, HM Coastguards Birling Gap, Chestnut Tree House Children’s Hospice, St John Ambulance, Eastbourne Sea Cadets, Beachy Head Ramblers, Rotary Club Hailsham, HM Coastguards Eastbourne and Care for the Carers.

As well as raising cash for local charities, it is also estimated runners themselves raised an additional £40,000 per year through sponsorship alone.

And the 150 volunteers who helped the Eastbourne Borough Council events team to run a safe and successful marathon, were invited to the presentation and were given an extra special thank you for their invaluable help.

Cllr Coles said, “The Beachy Head Marathon would not be possible without the support and services of the charities, voluntary groups and individual volunteers who help to put it on every year.

“I would like to offer my sincere thanks to all the volunteers who played their part in our most successful marathon to date.”

The Beachy Head Marathon, which is regularly featured in the Runner’s World Top 10, allows runners to take in the landscape of the South Downs National Park and Beachy Head cliffs.

Entry is now open for this year’s 26 mile Beachy Head Marathon and the 10K Race, which returns on October 24.

For more information, and to sign up visit www.BeachyHeadMarathon.org.uk or to volunteer email Julie.Paul@eastbourne.gov.uk.