Historic one-off 10k run on link road next year

Progress on the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road (BHLR).  View north from Woodsgate Park Bridge towards Elva Way in Bexhill. SUS-140909-172003001
Progress on the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road (BHLR). View north from Woodsgate Park Bridge towards Elva Way in Bexhill. SUS-140909-172003001

Hastings and Bexhill Lions clubs are offering runners a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to take part in a 10k run on the new Bexhill to Hastings Link Road prior to its opening.

The Bexhill to Hastings Link Road (BHLR) is set to open in May next year and Bexhill Lions Club president Richard Winrow said the Lions were proud and excited to announce a special ‘one-off’ event for 2015.

He said: “The opportunity to run a 10K on the new Bexhill to Hastings Link Road, just prior to its opening in May 2015 will be very popular and prove to be a unique experience, before traffic starts using the new road.

“It’s a great opportunity for locals to have the experience to run the road and have a bit of fun.”

Richard said, though plans are yet to be finalised it is anticipated that the run will consist of five miles from Bexhill to Hastings and five miles back.

Eric Hardwick, MBE and race director of Hastings Half Marathon/BHLR 10K, said Hastings and Bexhill Lions Clubs were grateful to Hochtief Taylor Woodrow JV (HTWJV), which is building the BHLR for East Sussex County Council, for giving permission for the run. HTWJV is also sponsoring the project.

Mr Hardwick said: “The BHLR will bring major economic benefits to the area, including 2,000 new homes, 3,000 new jobs, more than £1 billion of economic benefits and the development of 42 acres of land in north east Bexhill including a 50,000 square metre business park.

Richard Wall Morris, of HTWJV, said: “We are very proud of our new road, and pleased to see this special event take place as part of our opening celebrations, and to see all monies raised from the event go back into the community.”

As the completion date of the BHLR has yet to be revealed, the date for the historic 10k run will be announced early in the New Year. Those interested in taking part can register at: www.hastings-half.co.uk, and be placed on a waiting list. The minimum age for entrants is 15.