Volunteers still needed for Beachy Head Marathon

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THE organisers of Beachy Head Marathon are still looking for volunteers to help to run the popular event which takes place on October 27.

With Games Makers playing a vital role at the London 2012 Olympic Games, organisers are hoping that the recent surge in voluntary work and interest in sport will generate even more volunteers and spectators than ever before.

The challenging 26-mile route through undulating South Downs countryside is popular with marathon runners from around the world, with entrants this year reaching full capacity in record time. Passing through villages, forest and along the famous Seven Sisters chalk cliffs, the venue is a popular spot for sports fans to cheer on athletes, and also explore the picture postcard setting of the national park.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Neil Stanley saidl, “Runners always praise the cheery welcome they receive from marshals, and volunteers often tell us what an uplifting and enjoyable experience that have had, so if you have a few hours to spare during the day, then we would love to hear from you.”

Since 2002, more than £45,000 has been donated to the local charities who have assisted in marshalling, first aid and safety provision at the event, with more than £40,000 each year raised for charity through sponsorship alone.

The event kicks off at 9am on Saturday October 27 from the front of St Bedes School.

A large team of volunteer marshals are needed to man the checkpoints and spur the entrants on, . All volunteers will receive training beforehand and are asked to attend a briefing session at 6pm on 16th October at the International Lawn Tennis Centre.

To volunteer contact the borough council’s Events team on 01323 415442 or email julie.paul@eastbourne.gov.uk.

Also see www.beachyheadmarathon.org.uk.