Fully supported with 6 stocked feed stations, some strategically placed at award winning pubs, and encouraging event marshals, friends and locals will help keep your spirits up as you conquer this epic ultra run. All athletes will be issued with a GPS tracker which will also act as their timing device. See Tracker route here. We recommend a series of recces/ training runs to get a feel for the elevation and terrain as well as route finding. Cut off is 17 hours!
This is a beautiful, hilly, mostly off-road 50 miler that takes in the Race Director’s 2 main training grounds for ultra running, the South Downs and The Ashdown Forest, from the last 10 years.
Starting at 6.00am at Eastbourne Pier the first 10 miles takes in the start of the official South Downs Way (SDW) passing Beachy Head and the rolling Seven Sisters. From Cuckmere Haven (1st Feed Station), runners will head north following the course of the Cuckmere River until they get to Alfriston and then head up onto the SDW for a further 5 miles before dropping down to the village of Firle and the Ram Inn (2nd Feed Station). From Glynde (20 miles in) head north until you get to the edge of the Glyndebourne estate and then head north-west on a series of footpaths until Barcombe Mills and the River Ouse. Runners then follow the Sussex Ouse Valley Way for a further 5 miles before making The Anchor Inn (3rd Feed Station) and then, after a series of well marked public footpaths, the Griffin Inn in Fletching for lunch (31 miles, 4th feed station). Heading north out of the village before taking bridle paths to the foothills of the Ashdown Forest at Cackle Street runners make their way to the high point of the forest at Bushy Willows Car Park (37 miles). The 5th Feed Station is at Black Hill Car Park. The descent from the forest brings you through stunning countryside with the home run though the village of Chiddingstone and on to Hever Estate.
Ticket price includes a Hever camping pitch for 2, shuttle from Hever to Eastbourne, fully supported feed stations, hot food on completion with a brew of Timothy Taylor Landlord or glass of fizz and of course your finisher T’shirt and medal!