Counting the benefits of marathon

Beachy Head Marathon
Beachy Head Marathon

Local charities are benefiting from another record year at Eastbourne’s Beachy Head Marathon, with donations to local groups even topping the success of 2011.

After a successful event last October, organisers Eastbourne Borough Council are making donations to a range of local charities and organisations who have assisted in staging the UK’s largest off road marathon.

Over 150 volunteers support the marathon and every year donations are given to each organisation as a special thank you for their assistance with marshalling, first aid and safety provision for the 1,750 runners, joggers and walkers taking part.

Mayor Mike Thompson said, “It is great to see charities benefiting from the growing interest in sport.

“The runners always appreciate the friendly support of our volunteers, and it is with their help that we can put on such a successful event and claim the Beachy Head Marathon as one of the best in the world.”

The success of the 2012 event has seen an increase of eight per cent on the overall donation fund and yesterday a total of £5,650 were donated to: Rotary Club of Hailsham; Eastbourne Sea Cadets Unit; Seaford Striders; Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards; St John Ambulance; Beachy Head Ramblers; HM Coastguard Eastbourne; HM Coastguard Birling Gap

Chestnut Tree House Hospice; The Mayor’s Charity (Lark in the Park Charitable Trust).

Each year organisers have been able to donate funds generated by the marathon to those local volunteer groups involved with the event, and since its relaunch in 2002, over £50,000 has been donated.

However with many participants also being sponsored to run, jog or walk the challenging 26 mile route, charities additionally receive over £40,000 each year through sponsorship alone.

To volunteer to assist as a marshal this year phone 415442.