Runners at the Beachy Head Marathon and 10K are not the only ones in for a prize-winning day, as spectators can also look forward to a fantastic day out. With the 10k Race having more entrants than ever before, both courses will undoubtedly feature world class athletes racing across equally impressive locations.
The Beachy Head Marathon is one of the biggest off-road marathons in the UK and with breath-taking views and places to stop along the way; it’s equally rewarding to be a spectator of this exciting event. The marathon covers a 26.2 mile course that passes through Jevington, Alfriston, Litlington, Friston Forest, the Cuckmere Valley and Seven Sisters, including Birling Gap and Beachy Head. The 10k Race takes a shorter route across the downs to Belle Tout and back.
There have been over 14 nationalities applying to be there for the Beachy Head Marathon next Saturday (29 October). The international field has also grown for the 10k with participants travelling from Australia, America, France, Switzerland, Sweden & Denmark to take part.
Spectators can cheer on the brave athletes and soak up the fantastic atmosphere, whilst making the most of the views, cafes and pubs dotted along the course. Take in beautiful Alfriston and venture into the old smugglers pubs as well as 14th century pubs for a drink.
Visitors can explore their surroundings as the runners reach some of East Sussex’s best-loved spots. The Cuckmere and Friston Forest are worth exploring before stopping at Cuckmere Inn for stunning views.
Later on in the course, viewers will find Beachy Head Pub should they fancy a bite to eat. The Seven Sisters Country Park and Exceat towards Seaford are also great choices for plenty of parking, toilet facilities and a selection of refreshments.
Eastbourne Borough Council Director for Tourism and Enterprise, Phil Evans said, “The Beachy Head Marathon has become one of Eastbourne’s most iconic events and it is fantastic that in its 36th year it is only getting more and more popular.
“The event is one of a kind with spectacular sights and profound support from the event marshals and those watching. With runners flying from Australia to be a part of it just goes to show how amazing the event is and that you really should watch it if you can.”
The Beachy Head Marathon and 10K both start outside Bedes School on Dukes Drive. The Marathon begins at 9.00am while the 10K Race sets off at 9.30am. Runners are expected back between midday and 6pm. Spaces are available for volunteers to steward the event.
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