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The Eastbourne Half is very much a community event and is most definitely aimed at runners of all abilities. We as organisers are just as excited at seeing the last person finish as we are the first; so why not set yourself the challenge for this year. Get out your running shoes and get training.

The ethos behind the Eastbourne Half Marathon is to raise money for charities and local good causes. Over the years we have given directly to charity over £130,000 and much, much more has been raised for entrants' own personal charities. Please do download a sponsor form and run for a good cause.

Review summary

4.5
14 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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Melissa B
"Fantastic people involved the whole way; drumming, cheering, smiles,..."

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Peter V
"My first half marathon, found everyone helpful, great medal see you next year...."

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Jade H
"my first half marathon, brilliant event, very well organised from registering..."
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How to enter the Eastbourne Half Marathon

  1. 13.1 miles

    Run 13.1mi
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Eastbourne Half Marathon route

The route is mainly flat but with a steep hill between miles 2 and 3. If you are not used to running regularly take it easy! As you pass through Sovereign harbour, there are several tight turns, three pedestrian swing bridges and a small gravel slope which may be slippery. All these hazards will be well signposted and marshalled but please be aware. N.B. These bridges will be down for the 90 minutes, allowing the majority of runners through without a delay. After passing this time you may have to wait a few minutes for the bridge to lower.

Event Details

Spectators

The focal points to watch the race will be at the start and finish in Princes Park, other locations to see the runners include the Bandstand, Fort Fun (approach Princess Park) and the Waterfront.

Eastbourne Half Marathon weather forecast

Light rain until afternoon, starting again overnight.

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IconModerate wind possible, up to 24mph

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The Eastbourne Half is very much a community event and is most definitely aimed at runners of all abilities. We as organisers are just as excited at seeing the last person finish as we are the first; so why not set yourself the challenge for 2018 . Get out your running shoes and get training. The ethos behind the Eastbourne Half Marathon is to raise money for charities and local good causes.

Eastbourne Half Marathon reviews (14)

4.5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the event in 2019

    My first half marathon, found everyone helpful, great medal see you next year. My only complaint is the weather, can you change that next year
  • Did the event in 2019

    my first half marathon, brilliant event, very well organised from registering to finish. many thanks
  • Did the event in 2019

    Cant fault the organisation. Very friendly from administration on the day to Marshalls in course.Section through a waterfront type housing estate was a bit twisty, difficult climb up beachy head, but otherwise flat course. Weather in the day was a little windy, but advantage of mostly head wind for first part of course. Appreciated the crowd support. There are quicker courses, but this one is a good challenge. Would probably do again. Certainly recommend giving it a go if you are considering.
  • Did the event in 2019

    My first ever half marathon! A challenge in itself made more interesting with the weather. My target was sub 2 hours and glad to say I did it. I enjoyed the first 4-5 miles and then my legs started to feel heavy. I just ticked off each mile. Friends all have me a song for my playlist so I felt that they ran with me in 3-4 minute bursts. Certainly better and more interesting than my normal playlist. Last bit was tough however turning back and into that wind for the last 1.5 miles was brutal. Storm Freya thank you very much NOT!! Support towards the end was good and dragged me towards the finish. An amazing sense of accomplishment after setting myself a challenge to run a half. I would not have believed I could do it a year ago. In some ways Im glad it was hard as know that mentally Ive got the grit to grind it out if needed. On the other hand am looking forward to the next one and hoping for a less breezy day!
  • Did the event in 2019

    Had a great race at my 6th Eastbourne half marathon, well organised as usual and the marshals and all the helpers do a great job, I would certainly recommend this event, the only thing I would change is the weather! Man that wind can be brutal last couple of miles!! but I did end up with a PB, see you all again next year
  • Did the event in 2019

    I love this event. I have competed 3 years in a row.Great course, with closed roads, climbing up to the top of the South downs then straight back down to sea level to stride it out along the seafront all the way to the other end of Eastbourne.The organisation was great, results on the website the same day and even race photos up on the same day, which I haven't seen before. The only thing that I would improve on, is having some kind of rubber matting from the road to the start/finish line. This event is notorious for raining/being wet and the start/finish line is in the middle of a field, so it can cause some risky sprint finishes.Overall, definitely one to add to your race calander to conquer.
  • Did the event in 2019

    Fantastic people involved the whole way; drumming, cheering, smiles, motivational signs and jelly babies! The storm didnt dampen spirits but that wind was brutal! Got to love the British weather! Great course; good to get the hills out of the way early! Beautiful scenery throughout, regardless of the conditions.It was my first half and Im so happy I could complete it in my home town!Thanks to all involved; wishing you better weather next year!
  • Did the event in 2019

    Was a good event to be a part of first time doing Eastbourne half and was a chellenge with the weather conditions, but the Marshalls were great and supportive and for those of the public that did venture out they were amazing would defiantly do again
  • Did the event in 2019

    Absolutely loved my first half marathon, great course and organisation of the event, can we have some sun next time please
  • Did the event in 2019

    The Eastbourne Half Marathon in 2019 was run on a very wet and windy day with Storm Freya battering the UK with strong South Westerly winds. The course is pretty flat except for a long steep hill at about mile 2 or 3 taking you up towards Beachy Head at the most westerly section. This was the first time I had run Eastbourne and although I had reviewed the course online I hadn't anticipated how long and steep that hill is - make sure you pace yourself! You then whizz back down again and along the seafront, looping all around the Eastbourne Harbour at the most Easterly part of the course. With a really strong South Westerly wind blowing off the sea made the going slow heading back to the finish on the last couple of miles.Really friendly and well organised race. With the hill at one end it's unlikely you're going to be hitting a half marathon PB but an excellent training race in advance of spring marathons.

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