Relay will follow in Conqueror’s footsteps

HUNDREDS of runners from all over 1066 Country will be taking part in a relay race which traces the steps of William the Conqueror this weekend.

On Sunday, May 8, more than 40 teams of 200 plus runners are set to take part in the first ever 1066 Relay, which has been organised by Hastings Runners.

Starting off in the grounds of Pevensey Castle, the competitors will navigate their way through the historic area of 1066 Country before arriving in Rye for the finish.

The race has been split into five stages, each varying from between three and 11 miles in length - with the overall distance a blister-inducing 33 miles.

Proceeds from the race will be ploughed into local charities and double Olympian Sean Baldock, from Hastings, will fire the starting pistol.

Among the events being organised in tandem with the race itself is a fun day at nearby Battle on the green near the Abbey.

From between 10am and noon there will be music, stalls and a host of other entertainment on offer.

A similar event is taking place in Rye between 11am and 2.30pm.