The inaugural South Downs 20 miles is beautiful route in a stunning location, through the South Downs National park. It is an achievable, point to point trail race that is a great option for first time trail runners and also a great way to prepare for marathons and longer events later in the year. Runners will start in the stunning location of Rathfinny Wine Estate before hitting the trail and following the route to the seaside town of Eastbourne. The views are spectacular and the course is a combination of grass trails with a few farm tracks dotted throughout with around 2000 feet of elevation. There are some hilly sections, but also lots of flat runnable parts too.
Date: Sunday, August 7th, 2022
Start time: 9am
Finish time: 4pm
Start location: Rathfinny Wine Estate, Alfriston, BN26 5TU
Finish location: Kings Edward's Parade, Eastbourne, BN20 7XL
Entry fee: £40
Distance: 20 miles(30km)
Elevation profile: 2000ft ascent, 2000ft descent
Terrain: 99% trail, 1% tarmac
Registration will not be necessary as all bib numbers will be posted out to runners in advance.
There will be no parking at the start line unfortunately so runners can either be dropped off or use the bus service in place from the start line. Runners can meet at the finish line area in Eastbourne at 7.30am on race morning where there will be buses in place to transfer everyone to the start. This will cost £7 cash on the day and further details regarding booking will be sent to entrants closer to the event. It is roughly a 30 min drive away.
Runners will have the choice of leaving their finish line bag at the start area in Rathffinny where it will be safely transported to the finish line ready for your collection, or to leave it at the finish line if using the bus service, where it will be kept safe until your arrival.
There are no crew or pacers allowed at the event. Supporters are welcome along the route but please not at the aid station locations.
There will be 3 well stocked aid stations along the route which will contain a wide range of options, including vegan/gluten free, for the runners. These will include: