Enter ‘iconic’ cliff top run

Beachy Head Marathon SUS-140828-094918001
Beachy Head Marathon SUS-140828-094918001

It’s time to sign up for one of the most scenic and gruelling running challenges in the country.

Eastbourne’s Beachy Head Marathon is back on October 25.

Beachy Head Marathon SUS-140828-094918001

Beachy Head Marathon SUS-140828-094918001

Runners can sign up for the 26-mile challenge or 10km.

The marathon is the town’s top sporting fixture and a favourite amongst runners.

The Beachy Head Marathon is a scenic gem, with subscribers to Runners World regularly voting it as one of the most iconic events in the country.

The marathon covers 300 steps and 14 gates, passing through Jevington, Alfriston, Litlington, Friston Forest, the Cuckmere Valley and Seven Sisters, including Birling Gap and Beachy Head.

Tracey McNulty, senior head of tourism and leisure at Eastbourne Borough Council, said, “The Beachy Head Marathon and new last year; 10k, are a huge success in the Eastbourne events calendar. Whether walking, jogging or running, the route takes participants on a stunning scenic route.”

There will be live music at key points along the way providing entertainment at the viewing points.

Spectators will be able to cheer entrants on around the course with the easiest accessible for spectators being at the Seven Sisters Country Park and Birling Gap.

The race is also great for runners, joggers, walkers, for those who want to get fit or to enjoy the stunning views.

Last year, a new additional 10 kilometre race was added and it will return again this year. Hill runners can enjoy a shorter version of the marathon with a route comprising of breathtaking views and challenges.

Organisers have announced this year’s official charities as Eastbourne and District Mencap, St Wilfrid’s Hospice Eastbourne and Run 4 Cancer.

Both races start and finish at Bedes School, Dukes Drive, on October 25. The Beachy Head Marathon starts at 9am with runners returning between noon to 6pm. The 10k race will start shortly after the marathon.

To enter visit www.beachyheadmarathon.co.uk.