More than 3,000 runners are expected to attend the Beachy Head Marathon this weekend.
In the ultramarathon, athletes take part in the 52km course, which includes some of Sussex’s most famous sights including the cliffs of the Seven Sisters and Beachy Head – the UK’s highest chalk cliff coast.
The cross-country marathon will also see runners pass the Cuckmere Valley, Friston Forest and the villages of Alfriston, Litlington and Jevington.
The marathon course includes 300 steps, 14 gates and a corresponding elevation of 1,318m along the South Downs National Park route.
It starts on Duke’s Drive in Eastbourne and caters for a range of abilities from beginners, walkers and joggers to world-class runners.
Margaret Bannister, Senior Member of Eastbourne Borough Council for Tourism and Culture, said: “The Beachy Head Marathon attracts such an impressive field of athletes each year and we can’t wait to see everyone back on this epic route in our new ultramarathon year to welcome.
Beachy Head Marathon near Belle Tout Lighthouse
“With runners and their families participating from across the country, this is a huge boost to our fall tourism economy as many stay overnight to enjoy an extra break by the sea. Please come and support these great athletes, it’s really a great atmosphere.”
Spectators are encouraged to show their support and cheer for competitors along the route. There will also be a performance of a lone piper walking the route.
The Brighton and Hove Buses Coaster route includes many viewing points for spectators.
On Saturday, road closures will be operational in Duke’s Drive, Upper Duke’s Drive and in Litlington for safety reasons, while maintaining access to shops.
All courses begin at the start and finish line on Duke’s Drive, outside Bede’s School, with marathon and ultra races starting at 8am tomorrow, with first finishers back around 10:45am.
Also taking place on the same day is the 10K race which starts at 8:20am and is a shorter loop across the Downs to Belle Tout Lighthouse and back. All runners are expected back by 5 p.m.
The half marathon, now in its third year, takes place on Sunday at 8am. Runners must be back by 12:30 p.m.
The organizers had to change the route last year because of flooding.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23065093.thousands-take-part-beachy-head-marathon-eastbourne/?ref=rss Thousands take part in the Beachy Head Marathon in Eastbourne