Beachy Head Marathon
27th Oct 2012
An unusual challenge found.
We are thrilled to announce that we have 5 runners for the Beachy Head Marathon, taking place on Saturday 27th October 2012.
The Beachy Head Marathon is one the biggest off-road marathons in the UK. Formerly known as the Seven Sisters Marathon, it is popular for its scenic and challenging route through the South Downs countryside. Great for runners, joggers or walkers looking to get fit.
Voted amongst the top 10 marathon courses in the UK by readers of Runners World, the 1,750 places available always fill up well before the day itself.
The run kicks off from outside St Bedes School on Eastbourne seafront and then follows a wonderfully scenic route along the coast to the west of the town, over open downland, forest and coastal footpaths.
If you would like to show your support for our runners taking part see below for more details.
Joseph SpikingSadly due to a late injury Joseph has had to withdraw
1) Have you run any marathons before? Any that you particularly enjoyed or stood out? I have run 5 marathons. Toronto was my favorite and I combined it with visiting relatives to make a great holiday.
2) Have you ever run the Beachy Head Marathon before? Once before when I was in my 20's. I hope my joints hold out this time.
3) What attracted you to run the Beachy Head Marathon? The challenge!
4) Who is your sporting hero and why? Coe, Ovett and Cram. Great runners of my generation.
5) Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am 55 years old and I am a milkman. I enjoy running and running marathons in particular. I also like researching our familys ancestry.
6) Any highs or lows in your training for this marathon? Its all gone quite well. I run after I finish work before going home and I have been in training for the last 18 months.
7) Is there anything else you would like to add or tell us about? Both my wife and daughter are marshals at this years Beachy Head Marathon.
1) Have you run any marathons before? Any that you particularly enjoyed or stood out? Beachy Head will be my 11th marathon. For me Three Forts last May was my standout favourite - it was 27.2 miles but I loved it and I love the hills, if I had to choose between a flat road marathon or a hilly country one there would be no comparison!!
2) Have you ever run the Beachy Head Marathon before? No
3) What attracted you to run the Beachy Head Marathon? I have missed out on this one for various reasons the last couple of years so am thrilled to be taking part. 3 years ago I ran the whole of the South Downs Way over the summer and loved the last stretch to Eastbourne and always wanted to return so 3 years later here I am and I cannot wait; I have a lasting memory of running over Seven Sisters hand in hand with my running chum!
4) Who is your sporting hero and why? Without doubt Serena Williams for her sheer mental strength and determination. The press have tried to write her off so many times but she always proves people wrong - incredible.
5) Tell us a little bit about yourself. I have recently changed career after going back to college age 29 and am now six months into a management position at a private hospital. I love many sports and fitness and nutrition is a big part of my life, in addition I love baking and spending time with friends and family. Two years ago I campaigned and was successful in getting a diagnosis of autism for my 33 year old brother. Since then I have taken on the role of his carer. I manage all his finances and affairs; his medication and attend all appointments with him. He rarely leaves the home and needs help with activities of daily living. He loves Star Wars and games and I spend a lot of time with him; he also shares my love of baking so we bake together. His happiness is the most important thing and I will look after him forever.
6) Any highs or lows in your training for this marathon?
Not really. I give everything I do 100% and I am really happy with the training I have done, despite my time constraints. I always like to stand on that start line knowing I have given the training my all.
1) Have you run any marathons before? Any that you particularly enjoyed or stood out? Iíve run quite a few marathons and Iíve done New York twice and the crowds were quite amazing.
2) Have you ever run the Beachy Head Marathon before? Iíve run Beachy Head once before, 3 years ago
3) What attracted you to run the Beachy Head Marathon? I grew up in Meads Village and I like to run over the South Downs, the route for the Beachy Head is very dramatic.
4) Who is your sporting hero and why? Mohammed Ali is my sporting hero because of his achievements and his position taken on human rights against the US government.
5) Tell us a little bit about yourself. I am an architect working in London and I have a strong involvement with the Greater London Fund for the Blind, raising money through events for the charity. I am 47 years old.
6) Any highs or lows in your training for this marathon? I train with my brother David and will run the race on the day with him. The low point is that heís 3 years older than me but much fitter!
7) Is there anything else you would like to add or tell us about? I was truly impressed with the volunteers who gave up their time to help steward the marathon the last time I ran it and they had to suffer awful weather, I hope the sun shines this time!
1) Have you run any marathons before? Any that you particularly enjoyed or stood out? Yes, I took up running in my forties (now in my fifties) and this will be my fifth marathon. I ran in the Beachy Head one last year and thoroughly enjoyed it. It was the toughest I have done as it's all up and down hill, but it was the most fun and the scenery (when I had a chance to look at it!) is breathtaking! Also the camaraderie between the runners was really good and supportive.
2) Have you ever run the Beachy Head Marathon before? Yes
3) What attracted you to run the Beachy Head Marathon? It's local to me, off-road, lovely scenery and really really challenging!
4) Who is your sporting hero and why? Eddie the Eagle! A true British eccentric - his motto was 'go for it, don't worry about what people think!'
5) Tell us a little bit about yourself. I'm originally from the Czech Republic, moved here 20 years ago and married an English girl. I am 51 years old. I studied at acting school and had a career in acting in my home country but had to change direction when I came here. Now I'm an interior designer. In my spare time I run and horse-ride. I haven't cared for someone on my own but have witnessed my mother who is in her late seventies caring full time for her mother who died aged 101 last year. Being in another country, and not able to help as much as I would like meant that the brunt of the caring was on my mum and she was so fantastic with my granny, caring for her at home until the end. She was determined to do this but, if a charity such as care for the carers had existed for her it would have given her a valuable break from her duties. That would have been a godsend.
6) Any highs or lows in your training for this marathon? I'm just aware that I'm not a twenty something any more so I have to really work at the training!
7) Anything else you would like to add or tell us about?
Thanks so much for all the support and giving me the opportunity to run this year for a good cause