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Beachy Head Marathon
Next Saturday, 29th October the fourth Beachy Head Marathon takes place across the picturesque Sussex South Downs, enabling spectators to enjoy the most beautiful scenery and watch 1,500 runners, joggers and walkers battle it out over the gruelling 26.2 miles.

Organised by Eastbourne Borough Council and sponsored by the Eastbourne Hotels’ Association, the former Seven Sisters Marathon has been voted as one of the top three most popular marathons in the country.

Eastbourne Borough Council Spokesperson for Tourism, Councillor David Elkin said “Not only is the Beachy Head Marathon popular in the running world but it also offers a great day out for visitors and residents. Spectators can enjoy the beautiful Sussex scenery as they follow the event across the Downs or alternatively spend the day in Eastbourne where they can cheer the participants on at the start and finish line”.

Spectators can look forward to dramatic scenery as the picturesque route passes over open downland, forest and coastal footpaths through Cuckmere Haven, along the Seven Sisters chalk cliffs and past national beauty spot Beachy Head. Visitors will also be able to follow the route passing through traditional Sussex villages, Friston Forest and the Long Man of Wilmington and get 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.

This year has seen participants from as far and wide as Portugal and the USA sign up in record time, however more than 20% of entrants live locally in Sussex. As well as many veterans signing up, the event is also seeing an increase in newcomers including a 12 strong team from Sussex University.

Final arrangements are now being made for the many volunteers who help out on the day. If you would like to provide some volunteer help for a couple of hours to this world renowned event, please contact Nicola Williams at PO Box 2608, Eastbourne, BN20 8DZ or telephone 01323 502907. Last year more than £2,500 was raised and divided between the ten groups and organisations who supported the event.

The Beachy Head Marathon will be started at 9am by The Worshipful the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Graham Marsden at St. Bedes School, King Edwards Parade, Eastbourne on Saturday 29th October. The first finishers will arrive back from around 12 noon and will continue throughout the afternoon when the last walkers will reach home by 6.30pm.
22 October, 2005

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