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Pier to Portcullis

Pier to Portcullis

50 Mile Ultra at the Festival of Endurance, Hever Castle, Saturday 3 July 2021

February 2, 2021

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 that will also act as their timing device. This will allow both organisers and supporters alike to monitor their progress along the route allowing for unparalleled supporting opportunities in arguably some of the most stunning countryside the UK has to offer.

This is a beautiful, hilly, point to point, 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. Planned and executed last summer the Race Director completed the course in 11 hours and 37 minutes with his 17 year old son and lockdown training partner.
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 until, at the Firle Beacon Radio Masts, dropping down to the village of Firle and the Ram Inn (2nd Feed Station). From Glynde (20 miles in) competitors will head north until they get to the edge of the Glyndebourne estate and then head north-west on a series of footpaths which end up at 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 (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 a 6th Feed Station by Blackham Church and the home run though the village of Chiddingstone and on to Hever Estate for a grand stand finish beside the glorious Hever Castle (complete with portcullis).

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!

Find the run route here!

Race distances

Race distances

For the absolute beginners and children to the professional triathletes, the Castle Triathlon Series offers a wealth of race distances to suit all levels.

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Locations

Hosted at a selection of stunning and iconic castles across the UK, Ireland and France, the Castle Triathlon Series events all promise an inspirational and memorable race experience.

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We pride ourselves on offering a bespoke and tailored offering for all those wishing to take part; from first timers, old timers, juniors, female focus, elites, tri clubs, corporates, there’s a race for everyone!

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Trade your time for a free race place! We offer a Volunteer Scheme, whereby a free race is given in return for a day’s marshalling at any one of the Castle Triathlon Series events. (terms apply)

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