11am: Registration 1 opens (Runners taking 21 hours and over to finish)
11.45am: Registration 1 closes
12pm: Race start (wave 1)
1pm: Registration 2 opens (Runners taking under 21 hours)
1.45pm: Registration 2 closes
2pm: Race start (wave 2)
10pm: Race finish
The race will start in Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Petersfield, PO8 0QE. There will be signs and Marshalls to direct you to race HQ. The What3words location is https://w3w.co/sunflower.cuddled.decently
The finish will be in Helen Garden, Eastbourne, BN20 7XL.
There will be free parking available at the start and toilets. There is a café located a few hundred meters away at the Queen Elizabeth Country Park Visitor Centre.
There will be plenty of parking at the finish line in the nearby streets. The train station is a two mile walk from the finish line, however there will be regular shuttles to take runners from the finish line if you so choose. There will also be a large marquee, seating, toilets, along with food/drink, music and, massage.
There will be 14 very well stocked aid stations along the route which are listed below. Aid stations will carry a wide range of food and drink and will cater for everyone's needs including vegan, vegetarian and gluten free.
Runners will have the option of leaving a drop bag at registration. These bags will be transported to the 51 and, 72.5 mile aid stations where they will be kept safe and, ready for your collection. Please keep these bags as small as possible. Please be aware that if you would like to transfer the drop bag to the finish line after using it, then it will not be transported until after the last runner has left Housedean aid station. If you finish before this time and are not willing to wait for it, then please do not use the option to have a drop bag. Items will not be posted to owners, nor will they be kept as lost property. They will be collected and given to Charity.
Crews will be permitted to help their runners anywhere on the route after the Bignor Hill aid station (mile 29). Any runner caught being crewed before this point will be disqualified. Certain landowners have asked for crewing not to take part in the early stages of the race so we must abide by this. However, no crews at any aid station locations or anywhere in Findon Village or Saddlescombe Farm. The one exception to this is at the Arundel aid station (mile 38) where runners can pick up their pacers. We do strongly suggest you try to bring a crew for this race. There will be a sweeper bus in operation to collect you if you cannot continue but there is often a long waiting time for this and, there is only so much we can do to support runners in this situation. It is essentially the runner’s responsibility to plan- ahead in the situation they do have to drop out of the race, to arrange support and transport to get home. Our main priority when runners drop out is with runners still in the race. We will do what we can to help but, please plan a-head for this.
Runners will be allowed a pacer from the 43 mile aid station at Arundel onwards. They can join their runners anywhere along the remainder of the route, with the exception, of aid station locations and, nowhere near Saddlescombe Farm in general.
Spectators are very welcome to come along and support their runners throughout the day. It is however very important for the future of the race that they behave in a sensible manner throughout. There are privately owned car parks along the route that can become overcrowded very quickly and spectators must take it upon themselves to follow the rules of any certain car park. Not following these rules by parking on grass verges and in places that are not official parking spaces etc just because they are there to watch the race will not go down well and could put the future of the race in jeopardy. If a certain car park is full then please just move on to the next one.
Any spectators not acting sensibly will result in their runner being disqualified. The only places we ask spectators not to attend is aid station locations. This is by request of the landowners and so is very important.
Runners will also have the option of leaving a finish line bag at registration. This is limited to one bag per runner. The bag will be transported to the finish line area safe and ready for your collection. Please ensure the bag is clearly marked with your name and bib number. Again, we will not post or hold any bags that are not collected by the end of the event.
The course is predominantly on easy going trails with small road sections as well. At the time of year, the race takes place, the ground should be dry and hard. We therefore suggest that both road running and trail shoes are suitable.
Runners must carry the following equipment with them at all-times and will be disqualified for failing kit checks. Inspections will take place at any time during and after the race.
It is not mandatory, but we do suggest you bring a foldable cup as the race will be cup-less.
The route will combine three different trails through the South Downs National Park. The Staunton Way, The Monarchs Way and, The South Downs Way. All three of these routes are signposted with their own unique symbols. The route will be heavily marked mainly with UK Ultra signs throughout. There are a few small sections that come off these three main trails during the event, again, these will be well signed. A map and compass are not necessary at this event although, it is never a bad idea. Even though the course will be thoroughly marked, it is the runner’s responsibility to navigate it successfully. We do however suggest you try and recce the route as much as possible and download the GPX file onto your GPS/mobile device. Either way, the markings will be more than enough for everyone to navigate the route.
There will be an experienced team of race medics available to runners before, during and after the event including first aid teams, response cars and ambulances. There is the possibility due to some locations on the course that the medical team might take some time to reach you. In this situation you should call 999.
There will be a coach service in operation on the morning of the race, travelling from Eastbourne to Queen Elizabeth Country Park. Any entrants staying in Eastbourne before the event will be able to choose this option, along with any local-residents. The coach will depart from the Langham Hotel on the seafront at 8.30am. It is a 2 hour drive and, will cost £30 payable in cash to the driver. Places can be booked during the checkout process.
There are many accommodation options available near the finish line to relax and spend the night. However, if you do need to get back to the start, there will be a bus service in operation travelling back to the start. This is at a cost of £30 payable in cash to the driver. Places can be booked during the checkout process.
There will also be a small shuttle service available after the race at the finish line in Eastbourne, which will transport all entrants that wish to use it, to the local train station and nearby hotels. This is free of charge and will depart every 30 mins.