Ex-London champ enters big race

Eamonn Martin receives the winner's trophy from then town mayor June Fabian after winning the 1993 Hastings Half Marathon
Eamonn Martin receives the winner's trophy from then town mayor June Fabian after winning the 1993 Hastings Half Marathon

The last British winner of the London Marathon has entered the 2014 Hastings Half Marathon.

Eamonn Martin has signed up for the Hastings Lions Club-organised event on Sunday March 23.

Martin, now 55, won the London Marathon in 1993 - the same year he triumphed in Hastings.

The Basildon man, who competed in the 1984 and 1988 Olympics, heads a stellar list of former Hastings winners set to return for the 30th staging of the popular 13.1-mile race.

Paul Davies-Hale, a giant of British road running, is also coming back. Davies-Hale was the winner at Hastings in 1989 and 1990. His time of 62:10 in 1989 was the second fastest in Hastings history and the quickest in the world for a half marathon that year.

Caroline Horne - the women’s champion in 1985 and 1997 - has also entered even though she hasn’t run a half marathon for 16 years. Derek Stevens - winner of the first two Hastings Half Marathons in 1985 and 1986 - is also in the line-up along with Nick Rose, who held the UK half marathon record until last year.

Jo Kelsey (now Meeks) - the women’s winner in 2005 - is in the field too, as are Mark Flint, Ben Fish and Michael Coleman. Fish was the last British winner at Hastings in 2010.