Hundreds set for Beachy Head Marathon

Beachy Head Marathon 2014
Beachy Head Marathon 2014

Runners are limbering up for the annual Beachy Head Marathon next weekend (Saturday, October 24).

The event is one of the most challenging, toughest and biggest off-road events in the UK and attracts runners from all over the world.

Entries for this year’s marathon currently come from 14 different countries including America, Australia, Germany and New Zealand.

Eastbourne Borough Council’s lead cabinet member for culture, tourism and enterprise, Margaret Bannister, said, “It’s an excellent way to see the magnificent sights of the Seven Sisters, Friston Forest, quaint Sussex villages and the Cuckmere Valley, while making a fantastic sporting achievement.

“This great route specifically designed for the event starts off with the same initial notorious hill start before winding along the coastal trail and looping back around to finish at Bede’s School.

“The winner of the 2014 10K event was Jon Sharkey with a time of 36mins and 59secs.

“Not only is Eastbourne home to one of the most challenging marathons in the country, but stunning surroundings offer some of the most breath-taking and relaxing routes, so runners signing up can look forward to an active weekend getaway.”

The marathon gets under way at 8.30am.

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