Beachy Head Marathon Entries Full at 1,500
Beachy Head Marathon organisers are expecting a bumper turnout this year, closing entries earlier than usual, after reaching the maximum of 1,500 runners, joggers and walkers.
Organised by Eastbourne Borough Council and supported by the Healthy Lifestyle Tourism Project and Eastbourne Hotels’ Association, the popular annual event held this Saturday 23rd October, offers one of the most challenging and picturesque routes in the country, across the South Downs coast and countryside.
Starting and ending in Eastbourne, the event has become a popular attraction across the UK and overseas too, with many staying on to enjoy a short break in the resort. The event was also voted by readers of Runners World magazine, as one of the top three marathons in the UK.
Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin said “The Beachy Head Marathon is a great sporting event for Eastbourne and due to the rolling South Downs, it is unique in its endurance and beauty, attracting participants from far and wide. With many staying overnight, it also provides a great autumnal boost to our economy and highlights the beautiful coast and countryside we have to offer right on our doorstep, offering all year round sightseeing and activities.”
This year’s entry list includes runners from the UK, Germany, Holland, USA and Canada, and even more teams have joined, from running clubs and workplaces across the country, including the Blackheath Harriers who will be bringing the biggest group so far of 40 runners.
First across the finish line for the last two years, University Lecturer Stuart Mills, hopes to return and complete the hat-trick. Originally from New Zealand, but now working in Eastbourne, Stuart completed the challenging route in 3 hours and 7 minutes last year. However it was a close run finish, with the top three runners crossing the finish line within a minute of each other.
Spectators can also enjoy the marathon and stunning scenery with excellent viewing and photography opportunities at Bo Peep Hill (from A27), Birling Gap and Beachy Head, as well as the start and finish line in Eastbourne.
The Beachy Head Marathon kicks off at 9am on Saturday 23rd October, started by the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Barbara Goodall, from St Bedes School, Dukes Drive, Eastbourne.
For more information visit www.visiteastbourne.com/events or telephone 01323 411400.
20 October, 2004
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