A range of local charities and good causes have benefitted from a huge donation from Eastbourne Borough Council as a thank you for their involvement in the Beachy Head Marathon.
Following the event on October 27, the council has donated £6,775 across a total of 12 volunteer groups that all played a valuable role in helping to stage one of the biggest off-road marathons in the UK.
More than 150 volunteers support the marathon and every year donations are given to each organisation in recognition of their assistance with marshalling, first aid and safety provision for more than 3,000 runners, joggers and walkers who take part.
Cllr Gill Mattock, mayor of Eastbourne, said, “It is wonderful to be able to present donation cheques to each of the fantastic organisations who give their time in order to make the Beachy Head Marathon such a success.
“From staffing the busy registration desks from early on race day to marshalling all areas of the 26.2 mile marathon or the 10km route, these volunteers are always there, no matter the weather, offering assistance and encouragement to those who have bravely chosen to take on the challenging course.”
Since 2002, more than £91,000 has been donated by Eastbourne Borough Council to various voluntary groups and worthy causes plus it is also estimated that charities receive approximately £100,000 per year through runner’s sponsorship alone.
This week, the charitable donations were awarded by Cllr Mattock at a special recognition event to representatives from; Victoria Baptist Church, the mayor’s charity (Wayfinder Woman and Memory Lane), HM Coastguard – Birling Gap, Rotary Club of Hailsham, Eastbourne Sea Cadets Unit 117, Seaford Striders, Chestnut Tree House, East Sussex Foster Care Association, Beachy Head Ramblers, HM Coastguard – Eastbourne and Helios Explorer Unit (Scouts).The Beachy Head Marathon is also supported by Bede’s School who kindly provide the use of their facilities on race day and race sponsors Euro Selfdrive, Premier Stores, Tempo Running Shop and Eastbourne Motoring Centre.
Visit the website at www.beachyheadmarathon.org.uk for details about 2019’s event.