One of the biggest off-road marathons, and the top ten on the list in the UK. One aimed at the adventurous runner, seeking plenty of hills and sight seeing...
The Beachy Head Marathon is a long-established fixture in the race calendar and attracts more than 1,500 runners, including overseas participants.
And, with its scenic yet extremely challenging route through the South Downs National Park countryside proving ever-popular, it’s little surprise the 2013 race saw an impressive field of 1,700 runners, the highest number so far to tackle the course.
The gruelling 26-mile run includes 300 steps and 14 gates, passing through Jevington, Alfriston, Litlington, Friston Forest, the Cuckmere Valley and Seven Sisters, including Birling Gap and Beachy Head.
Unuasually warmer weather than last year, dry and partly sunny with temperatures reaching 16C. The wind has picked up and will be 20mph in places. I am wearing a light shower proof jacket, tee, Skins and Merrell Trail shoes as the terrain is very muddy and wet in places from the heavy rain all week.
9:00 The start of Beachy Head Marathon
Fastest Pace: 7:26
Slowest Pace: 9:30
Taking it easy and jogging the first climb, before settling into a comfortable pace. The first half is steady inclines, until reaching Jevington, a steep drop of 600ft followed by another climb then reaching Alfriston.