This is NOT a race – although it's a great recce for anyone doing the Beachy Head Marathon, as it takes in much of the route and what’s more, Running Forever’s Jeff Pyrah is a former winner of the race. We will run loosely as a group and there will always be a coach on hand to offer tips and support, both moral and practical!
Our adventure begins at the post marking the start of the South Downs Way in Eastbourne, plunging straight in with a stiff climb on to the roof of the gorse-clad downs. After catching our breath and looking back at Eastbourne laid out in miniature below us, we’ll head inland via Jevington and the Long Man of Wilmington before descending to the picture postcard village of Alfriston for that essential runner’s fuel, tea.
We’ll cross the Cuckmere River and climb once again, this time to be rewarded with views of Cuckmere Haven and the sea. Then we’ll swoop back around to return to Eastbourne along the clifftops, taking in the rollercoaster run of the Seven Sisters, Birling Gap (where a steep metal staircase takes us down to the beach) and Beachy Head. To read a more detailed account of the trip, click here.
Number of places: 12
Cost per person: £35
Trip duration: 10am-4.30pm (approx.).
Start point: Kiosk Café, Upper Dukes Drive, Eastbourne BN20 7XN. (We can collect you from Eastbourne Railway station.)
End point: As above. (We offer drop-off at Eastbourne Railway station.)
- Guiding, support and tips from two qualified and experienced coaches along the entire route.
- Vehicle support, including transport of and access to your bag (and a lift, should you require it!).
- Transfer to and from Eastbourne Station to the start/finish.
- Water top-up and energy snacks at 4 stopping points.
Is it for you? In order to cope with the level of challenge and enjoy the day, we envisage that you’d be able to run a road half-marathon race comfortably in 2hrs 20 mins or less.