ENTRIES for one of the UK’s most picturesque marathons are set to open.

The 2022 Beachy Head Marathon will see runners take in views of the South Downs and the chalk cliffs of Beachy Head.

Early bird registrations for the marathon open at 7.30am on Friday, January 14.

The race itself is due to take place on October 22.

Formerly known as the Seven Sisters Marathon, the Beachy Head Marathon is one of the biggest off-road marathons in the UK.

The 26.2-mile race is popular for its scenic and challenging route through the South Downs National Park countryside.

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The Beachy Head Half Marathon is due to take place on Sunday, October 23, while the Ultramarathon and 10K events will take place on October 22.

The Ultramarathon event will see runners take part in the traditional marathon route, followed by the 10K route to create an endurance race with a total distance of 52 kilometres.

Entries to the Ultramarathon are limited to 200 spaces and due to the challenging nature of the race, will only be accepted from runners that have previously completed a marathon within five hours.

Eastbourne Borough Council Lead Cabinet Member for Tourism and Culture Margaret Bannister said the introduction of the Ultramarathon follows on from the launch of the half marathon in 2020.

“Set against the stunning backdrop of Eastbourne, the South Downs and our coastline, it’s unsurprising so many runners are keen to take part and so I would encourage anyone interested to secure their entry to avoid disappointment,” she said.

“I also hope those travelling to Eastbourne to take part in this event will extend their stay to enjoy all that our wonderful town has to offer.”

For more information and to secure entry to the Beachy Head Marathon, Ultramarathon, Half Marathon or 10k, visit beachyHeadMarathon.com.