Beachy Head Marathon 2016

Four club members took on the challenge of the Beachy Head marathon on Saturday, along with over 1700 other runners. Regarded as one of the toughest marathons in Britain, it is an off road course that is run through the South Downs National Park countryside, takes in Cuckmere Valley, the Seven Sisters, Birling Gap and Beachy Head itself, and has some brutal hills for the runners to contend with including a very sharp climb at the very start of the race, and the hills keep coming along the course as the runners are tested throughout the race. Mark Attenborough was the first of the club’s runners home as he finished in an excellent time of 4:26:38 in 343rd place. Next in for the club was Gary Sage who came home in 5:04:24, followed by Steve Hickman who finished in 5:44:47 and Helen Weeden in 5hrs:58m:59s.