This weekend sees the staging of the first ever Sussex Marathon which starts and finishes and takes in the historic town of Battle. Sunday's event is one of 8 marathons set to take place in the UK in April and one of the two to take place in Sussex, the other being the second edition of the Brighton Marathon following on one week later.
The Sussex Marathon consists of a 10k loop around the lanes of Battle followed by an out and back to the ancient village of Ashburnham, which each runner must complete twice. The course is described as undulating, particularly around Ashburnham, In total, runners will face an incline of 905ft of climbing. The toughest climb being a 1.3 mile stretch which runners will encounter twice. With temperatures on the rise, organisers have added extra water stations, including within the first 10k. Runners can expect to be provided with bananas, jelly babies, Coke and sports drinks as well as water at the re-fuelling stations.
There is also a team relay event within the marathon, consisting of teams of three. Both competitions get underway at 8.30am. Race leaders will be led by an eco-friendly electric car by Eastbourne Mitsubishi.