Seaford Half Marathon expected to raise £5,000

Seaford Half Marathon winner James Wright
Seaford Half Marathon winner James Wright

The popular Seaford Half Marathon is expected to raise about £5,000 which will support local good causes in the community.

Organised by Newhaven Peacehaven and Seaford Lions, the event attracted about 400 runners who competed in the challenging race in near perfect conditions on Sunday June 7.

It is one of the group’s biggest fundraisers, along with the Donkey Derby in Peacehaven and Seaford.

Event spokesperson Trevor Gomersall said: “It was a success. Numbers were down a bit on last year. We had about 400 on the course. Weather was near perfect I would say.”

Runners began the race on Seaford seafront, then headed inland to Bishopstone, after which it was almost exclusively off-road.

Trevor added: “A few stiles initially caused bunching in the pack, but the runners soon started to get strung out as they tackled the long climb to the South Downs Way.

“The views are spectacular on this part of the course and the route is shared with just the odd rambler and mountain biker before a welcome but tricky descent into Alfriston.”

Next is a stretch on a rutted path along the Cuckmere Valley to Exceat before one final climb to South Hill Barn.

There is a descent to Seaford Head and a sprint in the final mile along the seafront to the finish.

First across the line was James Wright in a time of 1hour 26mins 19secs.

The first woman was Rose Baker of New Eltham Joggers with 1hour 47 mins.

Recently Newhaven Peacehaven and Seaford Lions donated to the Coastwatch in Newhaven.

It also runs buses on a weekly basis to take people to clubs and meetings. The Peacehaven Donkey Derby is on July 12 on the Dell.

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