The much-anticipated Eastbourne Lighthouse Challenge is set to take place on Saturday, May 20, 2023, marking its tenth year since inception in 2013. Organized by the Rotary Club of Eastbourne AM, the event aims to raise funds for the maintenance and restoration of the iconic Beachy Head lighthouse.
The initial challenge was born out of a collaboration between the Rotary Club, the “Save the Stripes” campaign, and the Eastbourne Herald. Their goal was to gather £30,000 to repaint the lighthouse, ensuring that its famous red and white stripes would not fade away. The event garnered significant popularity, leading to its continuation each year with the assistance of dedicated volunteers. A portion of the funds raised is reserved for future repainting efforts, while the remainder is donated to local charities, including the RNLI Eastbourne.
Participants will begin their journey at the kiosk near St. Bede’s school, located at the foot of the Downs. From there, they will make their way up the lane towards Whitbread Hollow, where check-in desks will be stationed. Once registered, the participants will embark on a scenic trek across the Downs, reaching Cow Gap in approximately 15 minutes. From Cow Gap, they will descend a flight of steps onto the beach, navigating rocks, boulders, sand, and slippery seaweed for around 60 minutes until they reach the lighthouse.
Upon completion of the challenge, all participants will receive a certificate commemorating their accomplishment as one of the few individuals to have undertaken the “Lighthouse Challenge.”
Interested individuals can register for the event online at www.eastbourneam.org. The entry fee is £8.50 for adults and £3.50 for those under 16 years old. Please note that refunds cannot be issued within seven days before the event. While it may be possible to register on the day, it is strongly advised to book in advance to secure a spot. For more information regarding the event, including inquiries about bringing dogs or children, please visit the official website.