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Deal: Sign up for Clifftop Challenge 2017 before it's too late

A new starting point set to test marathon runners has been added to this year’s Clifftop Challenge and there’s still time to enter.

The fourth annual running event in aid of Breast Cancer Now will be on Saturday, June 17 and families are invited to attend Walmer Green from noon to cheer competitors across the finishing line.

Organisers Chantele and Phil Rashbrook from Middle Deal Road, Deal, are encouraging people to sign up before Saturday to guarantee their place.

Chantele and Phil Rashbrook are preparing for their fourth Clifftop Challenge on Saturday, June 17
Chantele and Phil Rashbrook are preparing for their fourth Clifftop Challenge on Saturday, June 17

Athletes can choose from the same variety of starting points along the coastline, including a 55-mile option from Hastings, a 26-mile distance from Lympne Castle, a 15-mile course from Capel le Ferne, a 10-mile one from Dover seafront and a five-mile distance from St Margaret’s.

New for this year is a 36-mile option from Appledore.

Mr Rashbrook said: “We’ve added this distance in to challenge people that are used to doing marathons but want to push themselves by going a little bit further.”

Already 12 people have signed up to the new distance with a record 10 people agreeing to take the furthest distance.

Mrs Rashbrook said: “We usually only have about three or four people doing the 55-mile distance so this is great.”

Kevin Hart, a postman in Dover, is one of the 10 and will be running in aid of Kelly Turner as well as Breast Cancer Now.

Steve Wakeford from Deal, who has taken part in the challenge every year, has also put his name down for the long stretch.

Mrs Rashbrook who has direct experience with breast cancer has raised more than £45,000 for the charity through this annual challenge.

She said: “We’d really love to see over 200 runners this year and lots of people supporting at the end.”

As competitors cross the finish line on the promenade, entertainment and fundraising on Walmer Green will be in full flow.

There will be food and drinks from Lillyroo’s, a raffle and music from Bad Penny, The Kingsdown Band and Rozzy Turner who featured on The Voice.

A professional driving range and a clown will provide entertainment to children and adults alike. The RMA Club will also be open.

People can bring their own tables and chairs or book a seat for £10 in front of the band.

Mrs Rashbrook said: “We’re looking forward to it being equally as successful as last year. It will be nice for people just to turn up and enjoy the day.”

Thanks has been given to Mike Griggs for his help.

Entry is £33 and includes a t-shirt, medal, post-run massage courtesy of The Whitehouse and an optional sponsorship form.

Visit www.clifftopchallenge.com to sign up and make your payment. The closing date is May 6.

If you would like to volunteer to marshal or help set up, call Chantele on 07968 725090.

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