Do you fancy guiding a blind person around the Eastbourne Half Marathon course?

ORGANISERS of Sunday’s Eastbourne Half Marathon are looking for an experienced runner to guide a blind competitor around the 13-mile course.

Two blind runners are expected to join more than 1,500 entrants for the ninth staging of the race, which starts and finishes in Princes Park at 10am.

Race organier, Rupert Ashford, said that they had one blind lady who was looking for someone to guide her way round the course.

She is hoping to finish in a time of around two hours 26 minutes. Anyone interested in running with the woman is asked to email Rupert at:

So far, more than 1,800 competitors have signed up for the race - although organisers say there is usually a 10 per cent drop off in those who make it to the start line. However, entries are being accepted on the day from 8am for those wanting to take part.

Also there will be a chance for younger runners to enter on the day for the 1km and 2km races. The 1km race for junior school children takes place at 10.15am followed 15 minutes later by the 2km run for secondary school pupils.

Motorists are being warned to expect some disruption along the seafront and around Meads on Sunday morning as runners pass through the town.

The area around Princes Park and Channel View Road will be sealed off to traffic throughout the morning.

There will then be a series of rolling road closures from 9.45am along the seafront which should last for up to three quarters of an hour, and then roads along the route in Meads will also be closed to traffic from about 10.10am until around 11am once the last of the runners have passed through.

The first runner is expected back in Princes Park at around 11.10am after taking in a route along the seafront up along Beachy Head Road and down towards the Promenade, along to Sovereign Harbour and then back to the park.

Chestnut Tree House and the Regain Sports Trust will be the two principle charities to benefit from the profits of this year’s Eastbourne Half Marathon, while runners will individually be raising tens of thousands of pounds for their own charities from their efforts.