9 Oct

Bournemouth Opens For 2014 Entries

Pier pressure: runners take to the boardwalk at the Bournemouth Marathon

Following the success of the inaugural event at the weekend, entries have opened for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival 2014 which will see thousands of runners take to the streets of the coastal resorts on October 4 and 5 2014.

More than 9,000 runners entered the first Bournemouth Marathon Festival which saw Ebisa Merga claim the inaugural marathon trophy, racing to the finish line in 2:16:42. The 25-year-old from Ethiopia was elated to set the course record benchmark.

Bournemouth Pier, set in the centre of seven miles of golden sand, framed by the Isle of Wight and the Purbeck Hills, is part of the spectacular finish area just one of the route highlights in a series of seaside races which is seeking to become a major event in the running calendar. The award winning pier also features in the family friendly festival which as well as a marathon includes a half marathon, Supersonic 10K, Speed of Light 5K and two junior races. Organisers are keen to build on this year's success with an unbeatable 2014 event.

Neil Kilgour, Bournemouth Marathon Festival director, said: "We're proud to deliver the Bournemouth Marathon Festival in such a stunning location. We'd like to congratulate everyone who took part and thank all the crowds who turned out to cheer the runners on. It was a wonderful, sun filled weekend and all the volunteers who gave their time so willingly contributed greatly towards making the day a success.

"With miles of glorious, unspoilt golden sands and clear blue sea, Bournemouth and Poole, provide a beautiful backdrop for the ultimate run in a pure and clean natural environment. Now is the time to make 2014 your year. The earlier you sign up the better, both to guarantee a place and set aside plenty of time to work out a sound training programme so you're in peak condition on the big day. There really couldn't be a better time to plan a trip to the south coast of England."

There's an early bird discount for everyone who signs up for the Bournemouth Marathon Festival before October 20. Visit www.run-bmf.com for full details.