Half marathon countdown

After a record year, the Eastbourne Hospitality Association Half Marathon is open for entries once again to keen runners taking part on March 3 2013.

With more than 1,400 taking part earlier this year, including entries from Belgium and Italy, organisers are calling on runners, joggers and walkers to enter now and begin training with less than four months to go until the event.

Following some impressive runs in recent years, the record for completing the course currently stands at 1 hour and 11 minutes, and organisers are hoping that the success of the Olympic year may give runners the added boost to break event records in 2013.

The event, which is sponsored by Reid+Dean, kicks off at Princes Park on March 3 at 10am.

Taking in a 13-mile route along Eastbourne’s fantastic seafront, the course includes a mile-long hill in Meads and the scenic Sovereign Harbour.

Younger runners can also join the challenge with a 1km race for under 12s and a 2km race for under 17s.

Organisers are looking for volunteers and marshals. If you can help email run@eastbournehalf.co.uk or call 07974 681011.

To enter online, visit www.EastbourneHalf.co.uk or follow #EBHalf and #EBTraining.