Get in the running for Bexhill distance races

The early leaders in the 2016 Bexhill Starfish Races.

The early leaders in the 2016 Bexhill Starfish Races.

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The third annual Bexhill Starfish Races will take place along the seafront on Sunday May 14.

The event will again be made up of a full marathon, half marathon and a 10.5k relay, starting on the promenade adjacent to the lawns by the De La Warr Pavilion at 10am with the finish on the lawns.

Runners set off in last year's event.

Runners set off in last year's event.

The course is predominantly flat, with two short inclines at the eastern turn, so entrants have a good opportunity of recording a personal best time - assuming the wind doesn’t blow! As the event is UKA-licensed, it can be used for best of age times to gain entry to other events.

Every finisher will receive a commemorative medal, and there will be engraved trophies for the winners of the ladies’ and men’s marathon and half marathon, with engraved medals for each runner-up and third place finisher.

The winners, runners-up and third place finishers in the 10.5k relay will each receive an engraved medal. There will also be four spot prizes of a bottle of champagne and each runner’s number will be entered into a free draw to win £100.

The event attracts runners of varying abilities with many entering the Starfish Races to complete their first marathon. It has a reputation for being a friendly event and in the past has received praise from the UK Athletics adjudicator.

Some more of the competitors begin last year's races from the lawns by the De La Warr Pavilion.

Some more of the competitors begin last year's races from the lawns by the De La Warr Pavilion.

Although the event raises much-needed funds for children’s charity Tree of Hope (last year it raised more than £6,000), it welcomes other charities to raise funds through individual sponsorship.

Held in association with the Bexhill Runners & Triathletes club, this year’s event will have online entries, plus chipped timing courtesy of event partners Rider HQ.

Entries are up on this stage last year, with runners from London, Berkshire and Hampshire already having signed up.

The picturesque Victorian promenade makes it perfect for spectators and given that it’s a looped course, you will be able to see the runners twice on each lap.

The race co-ordinator would like to thank main sponsor Survey Roofing and all the other sponsors for supporting The Starfish Races, with special thanks to all who give up their time to be a marshal on the day.

For full event details, including how to enter, visit www.starfishraces.com or email starfishraces@outlook.com

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