Runners on marks for Bexhill Starfish Races

Runners set off in the inaugural Bexhill Starfish Races last year
Runners set off in the inaugural Bexhill Starfish Races last year
  • Bexhill Starfish Races will take place tomorrow (Sunday)
  • Event back for a second year after success of 2015 staging
  • Full and half marathons, plus a 10k relay to get under way at 10am
  • Races will follow a seafront course with the start/finish at De La Warr Pavilion
  • Children’s charity Tree of Hope is this year’s beneficiary
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Runners are on their marks for the second staging of the Bexhill Starfish Races.

The popular event - which comprises full and half marathons, plus a 10k relay - will take place tomorrow (Sunday, 10am start), in aid of children’s charity Tree of Hope.

It promises to be a fantastic day for families, as well as the runners, who will experience the mainly flat course along the Victorian promenade with the start/finish in front of the De La Warr Pavilion.

Home maintenance firm Booker & Best Ltd has very kindly stepped in as the event’s main sponsor, TL Sports Events is generously supplying the race equipment free of charge and the De La Warr Pavilion is supporting the races by making its sun terrace available for post-race entertainment. The event organisers would also like to thank Bexhill Rowing Club, Wrightway Safety and Vivid Promotions for their support.

The Starfish Races are being promoted in association with Bexhill Runners & Triathletes, and the races are open to affiliated and non-affiliated runners of all capabilities.

Every runner will receive a commemorative medal, plus there will be trophies for the winners of each event. There will also be four spot prizes and each entrant’s race number will be entered into a draw to win £100.

The current course records are 3:03:25 for the men’s marathon, 1:23:32 for the men’s half marathon, 1:48:16 for the ladies’ half marathon and 3:03:14 for the 10k relay.

There will also be live music adjacent to the finish line from Bexhill-based band the League Of Gentlemen and there will be a prize for the best fancy dress entry, with this year’s theme being the Battle of Hastings.

Just before the main races, there will also be junior races, including a 500m dash, plus 1k and 2k events. Each junior runner will also receive a medal for participating.

For all information relating to the event, visit starfishraces.com. To contact the organisers, email starfishraces@outlook.com

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