2012 was a hugely successful year for the Beachy Head Marathon, with 1,750 runners taking part. Every year over 150 volunteers from a range of local charities and organisations assist with marshalling, first aid and safety provision for the UK’s largest off-road marathon. Organisers Eastbourne Borough Council then make donations to each organisation as a special thank you for their assistance.
This year saw an increase of 8% on the overall donation fund, with a total of £5,650 in donations being awarded to:
- Rotary Club of Hailsham
- Eastbourne Sea Cadets Unit
- Seaford Striders
- Eastbourne Voluntary Lifeguards
- St John Ambulance
- Beachy Head Ramblers
- HM Coastguard Eastbourne
- HM Coastguard Birling Gap
- Chestnut Tree House Hospice
- The Mayor’s Charity (Lark in the Park Charitable Trust)
Since the event’s relaunch in 2002 over £50,000 has been donated by the organisers to those local volunteer groups involved with the event.
A wide range of charities also benefit from the event through sponsorship of the individual participants, with sponsorship totalling in excess of £40,000 each year.
The Beachy Head Marathon returns on Saturday 26 October 2013 and entries are now open online at www.beachyheadmarathon.org.uk.