Beachy Head Marathon Runner Photograph: Sussex Sport Photography

One of the UK’s biggest off-road marathons is happening this Saturday (October, 27) in East Sussex.

Beach Head Marathon and 10K races will see runners from all over the world run across some of Sussex’s finest country and coastal routes.

The 26.2 mile marathon route passes through the South Downs National Park, along the Seven Sisters Way and Beach Head.

More than 3,000 people are expected to compete, from all over the world.

This year, organisers said:

“This year, the oldest competitor will be Jeanne Coker, who will be running in the 10K event at the age of 81. 

“Jeanne, who travels down to the event from her home in north London, previously competed in the marathon during the 1990s.”

Jeanne said:

“Running brings a sense of achievement when you have completed any race plus the camaraderie with other runners and many friendships formed too.

“Competing in the Beachy Head 10k event brings a real sense of well-being, once I’ve recovered from the exhaustion!”

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Enterprise, Cllr Margaret Bannister said:

“The course shows off some of our wonderful local scenery and the whole event is a great day out, not just for the competitors, but also those who come along to cheer them all on.”

Beachy Head marathon founder, Leslie Smith’s family will make an annual award at the event.

This year, organisers announced the award will be presented by Helen Smith, to the first female walker to cross the finish line.

Where to Watch the Action:

The Beachy Head Marathon begins at 9am on Saturday October, 27 from the start/finish line at Bede’s School.

The 10k starts at 9.30am, running to Belle Tout Lighthouse and back.

The official Beachy Head Marathon viewing area is Seven Sisters Country Park, where there will be parking, refreshments, plus super views of the course.

For more information click here.

Beachy Head Marathon                           Photograph: Sussex Sport Photography