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Juniors Invited to take on a Mini Marathon
Budding young athletes are being invited to take on a mini marathon in Eastbourne later this month when the Beachy Head Marathon returns with a special event for juniors.
Organisers, Eastbourne Borough Council, are calling for keen runners aged 8-16 to complete their own version of the popular 26-mile cross country route across the South Downs, with specially devised 2 and 3km courses. Children can join the 1,750 entrants, who have signed up to compete in the 2009 Beachy Head Marathon on Saturday 24 October, in their own version of the famous challenge.

Eastbourne Borough Council Cabinet Member for Tourism, Cllr Susan Morris said “The Beachy Head Marathon is always a very popular event in Eastbourne, with the 1,750 places always filling up quickly. The addition of the junior challenge makes the marathon a great day out for families, with the chance for kids to get in on the action and then cheer on the other entrants as they make it back over the finish line later in the day!

“With the marathon just a few weeks away, I’m sure the entrants are all getting their final training in before the big day arrives, and I’d like to wish everyone taking part the best of luck!”

This year’s Beachy Head Marathon will see a range of entrants taking to the stunning scenery of the South Downs to take on the country’s largest off-road marathon, with the 2009 event attracting more women than ever before at nearly 40%.

From the youngest walker Harry Langsmead, aged just 13, who will be walking the course alongside his parents, to a group of women walkers travelling all the way from New York again this year the marathon promises to be a real spectacle for anyone supporting from the sidelines.

The Mayor will officially start the 2009 Beachy Head Marathon, supported by the Eastbourne Hospitality Association (EHA) at 9am sharp outside St. Bede’s School and spectators can come along to the start line to cheer on participants and take in spectacular views of the South Downs. The café at the foot of the Downs will be open for refreshments.

With Eastbourne also hosting its first Bonfire Procession for five years in the evening on 24 October with more than 30 bonfire society members dressing as pirates and smugglers to parade along the promenade, the marathon weekend promises a packed day for visitors taking in the sea and countryside air.
16 October, 2009

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