October events: Take the ultimate stamina test at Beachy Head Marathon

Eastbourne, East Sussex

Limber up and get ready for this challenging outdoor event where you'll discover the stunning South Downs National Park countryside with each step.

With 300 steps and 14 gates, passing through rolling South Downs countryside and steep Seven Sisters cliffs is one marathon challenge to saviour.

Beachy Head Marathon is one of the biggest off-road marathons in the whole of the United Kingdom. You’ll weave through pretty villages, forest, the Cuckmere Valley and the UK’s highest chalk sea cliff at Beachy Head. And it all starts and ends on Eastbourne seafront with live music and a great atmosphere. There's also a 10k option which comprises of a shorter route (but with just as many beautiful views and cool challenges) if you're not up for a full marathon. 

If running just isn’t yout thing, then cheer on the challengers who come from all over the world, enjoy a gentle walk or explore some traditional smugglers’ country pubs and historic villages. Hire a bike and meander through Friston Forest or tuck in at a tearoom with a classic Sussex Cream Tea.

This year's Eastbourne Beachy Head Marathon takes place on Saturday 26 October, with a start time of 9am.

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