Sussex

Beachy Head Marathon safety warning over cliff crack

The large crack at Shooters Bottom, Beachy Head Image copyright Eddie Mitchell
Image caption The crack at Beachy Head is the latest to appear at the popular East Sussex tourist site

Extra safety measures have been put in place ahead of the Beachy Head Marathon after a huge crack appeared near the edge.

A section of the cliffs was sealed off on Thursday after the crevice formed at Shooters Bottom.

Eastbourne Borough Council said extra marshals and coastguards would be sited along the most dangerous parts of the route.

It also confirmed runners were being given "cliff edge safety instructions".

More than 3,000 people are expected to compete in this year's event, which organisers say is one of the UK's biggest off-road marathons.

Image caption Competitors raise thousands of pounds for charity at the event each year
Image copyright Eddie Mitchell
Image caption The crack is only feet away from the cliff edge

A spokesman for the borough council said it had contacted all those taking part and urged participants to "stick to the marked course route".

He said: "We take the safety of all runners and those who come along to support those taking part in the Beachy Head Marathon very seriously.

"Safety posters [will be] displayed at checkpoints leading up to Seven Sisters and Beachy Head to advise all runners and spectators to always maintain a safe distance away from the cliff edge."

Fundraising by the competitors raises tens of thousands of pounds for charity each year.

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