First 1066 Relay a runaway success

39 teams of runners braved the course
39 teams of runners braved the course

THE first ever 1066 Relay event got off to a great start on Sunday (May 8) with superb weather and an excellent turn-out of runners.

Following the footsteps of William the Conqueror, in a gruelling run across 1066 Country from Pevensey to Rye, were 39 teams from London and the South East as well as a team from the USA.

The route passed iconic landmarks such as Battle Abbey, before passing through the Brede Valley, Icklesham and Winchelsea on the way to the finish in Rye.

Stage starters included Hastings Half Marathon organiser Eric Hardwick and former Olympic 400-metre athlete Sean Baldock and Rother chief executive Derek Stevens (the winner of the first two Hastings Half Marathons).

The 140 plus army of marshals and first aiders were drawn from many of the local charity fundraising groups

Organiser Nick Brown said: “The feedback from all the runners who took part was very positive, there was a real community feel to the race.”

The race now looks set to become an annual event with even more teams taking part in 2012.