£7,700 has been handed over to charities and groups in Eastbourne, thanks to the Beachy Head Marathon.
Donations to good causes have reached a record high, thanks to last October’s successful event.
Over 150 volunteers support the marathon and every year donations are given to each organisation as a special thank you for their assistance with marshalling, first aid and safety provision for the 2,200 runners, joggers and walkers taking part.
The Worshipful the Mayor of Eastbourne, Councillor Pat Hearn said, “It is thanks to these many volunteers that Eastbourne is able to stage one of the best scenic marathons in the world. We see runners travel far and wide across the globe to take up our 26.2 mile or 10k challenge, and we know the cheery welcome of our volunteers is one of the reasons our marathon is so popular.”
The success of the 2016 event has seen an increase of 10% on the overall donation fund and since its relaunch by Eastbourne Borough Council in 2002, over £77,000 has been donated so far. It is also estimated that charities receive a further £40,000 per year through runner’s sponsorship alone.
The Mayor of Eastbourne has this week presented cheques to HM Coastguard Eastbourne, HM Coastguard Birling Gap, Rotary Club of Hailsham, Beachy Head Ramblers, Eastbourne Sea Cadets Unit 117, Seaford Striders, St John Ambulance, Chestnut Tree House Hospice, Tuesday O’Hara Fund, Seaford Evening Trefoil Guild, Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards, 4 x 4 Assist and The Mayor’s Charity (Refuge and The Duke of Edinburgh Eastbourne Open Awards Centre).