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Report by Ian Lockyer
2014-11-02 22:07:27

Thanet Roadrunners AC Runners Tackle the Beachy Head Marathon

A large contingent of Thanet Roadrunners took part in the Beachy Head Marathon, one of the toughest marathons in the UK.   The event, a long established fixture in the race calendar attracted over 1,500 runners covering a 26 mile course that included 300 steps and 14 gates, passing through Jevington, Alfriston, Litlington, Friston Forest, the Cuckmere Valley and Seven Sisters, including Birling Gap and Beachy Head. 

All the Thanet runners completed this race with both Claire Stirk and Tanya Edwards, running their very first marathons, raising money for charity.  Claire, a coach at the club was raising money for East Kent Hospitals Charity.  Tanya was raising money for Sands, a UK based charity providing support for bereaved parents and their families.

Formerly known as the Seven Sisters Marathon, the Beachy Head marathon is popular for its scenic and challenging route through the South Downs National Park countryside This year, the runners were fortunate to have glorious weather that made the stunning scenery on route even more beautiful. It also allowed for some fantastic running and some great results as follows:

Michael PHILPOT 4:29:26.45

Owen MITCHELL   4:42:28.50
Mark FOSTER   05:01.30 
Peter GOUGH   5:05:01.55 
Sarah HARMES   5:17:35.85 
Debbie HATT   5:17:34.40  
Clare STIRK   6:12:53.55 
Richard STIRK   6:12:53.95  
Debbie ASHMORE   6:23:54.20 
Tanya EDWARDS   6:23:54.60 
Nigel ROSS-HUNT   6:23:54.10 
Mark ASHMORE   6:23:54.70 
Steve CLARKE   6:23:54.30 
Sue HEATH-HALL   6:36:52.70 
Ian LOCKYER   7:27:01.50 
Mark PERKINS   7:31:50.75 
Donna PERKINS   7:31:51.95 
Andrew LANGSMEAD   7:32:21.35 
Sharon FOSTER  7:32:43.25 
Helen LANGSMEAD  7:32:46.30

Ian Lockyer of Thanet Roadrunners said, ‘The Beachy Head Marathon was a great event and it was so nice that a large contingent of the club went down to take part…especially nice to have family and club support as well.  The scenery was spectacular and the race marshalls brilliant.  Would defiantly recommend this tough race to anyone looking to for an athletic challenge!'

 

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