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KEEN runners are being given the opportunity to win one of the last 20 places in the Beachy Head Marathon this year.

The 26-mile event, on October 27, covers a cross-country course that takes in the villages of Jevington, Alfriston, Litlington, Friston Forest, the Cuckmere Valley, Seven Sisters, Birling Gap and Beachy Head, and entrants rely on plenty of spectator encouragement to complete the gruelling sporting event that raises thousands of pounds for local charities each year.

For your chance to win simply write your ‘first day training’ blog entry in no more than 250 words.

Successful competition entries may even make it onto the VisitEastbourne blog, where some entrants will be asked to keep a blog of all their training in the lead up to this year’s marathon.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism and Leisure, Cllr Neil Stanley said, “This is a fantastic competition and a chance for 20 lucky runners to take the last few places of this top UK marathon.

“Over the past 30 years, Beachy Head Marathon (one of the country’s toughest courses) has built up a brilliant reputation with entrants coming from all over the world to take part and the 1, 750 places have filled up quicker than ever this year – proving just how popular our marathon really is!”

The course starts and finishes at St. Bede’s School at the foot of the South Downs and entrants are cheered on around the course by volunteer marshals and stewards, as well as supporting spectators.

In memory of Leslie Smith, the founder of the original Seven Sisters Marathon, who sadly passed away recently – a special commemorative medal will be awarded to the eldest competitor on the day.

Organisers are also seeking a major sponsor for this hugely popular event, who could have branding at the start and finish line, website space and links, as well as their logos on all numbers and literature.

Blog entries should be sent to and the 20 winners will be chosen by July 31. For more details see or to sponsor it call 415713 or email