Teams sought for 1066 Relay

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TIME is running out for budding athletes to sign up to a new charity run.

Hastings Runners is launching the 1066 Relay on Sunday, May 8 and is still looking for non-running teams to enter.

The relay follows the historic footsteps of William the Conqueror tracing his route from Pevensey to Rye.

Starting in the grounds of Pevensey Castle at 9am, the five-stage event passes iconic landmarks such as Herstmonceux Castle and Battle Abbey, before finishing in Rye.

Stages vary from three miles to 11-mile runs. Total distance is just over 33 miles.

Nick Brown, race organiser, said: “I have received entries from clubs all over the south east, as well as an entry from the aptly-named Minnesota Loons in the USA, who routinely run in minus 20C conditions in their winter.

“It is expected that 40 teams will take part, and most of the race profits will be going to local charities.

“There will be a community feel to the event with fetes and other attractions going on at the two main venues in Battle and Rye, where the local town criers will also be calling runners across the finishing line.”

Groups marshalling the event include Hastings Lions, Battle Muffin Club, Battle Bonfire Society and Robertsbridge Bonfire Society, as well as Parkwood 6th form students and Rye Sea Cadets.

Derek Stevens, Rother District Council’s chief executive will be starting the race off at Pevensey.

To enter log onto the race website www.spanglefish.com/1066relay.