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2022 Athlete Guide


Welcome to the UK Ultra South Downs 50K

Welcome to the inaugural South Downs 50K brought to you by UK Ultra. A 50km point to point trail race from Falmer to Eastbourne. The race passes through the stunning South Downs National Park and some of nicest trails the U.K. has to offer before finishing over the iconic white cliffs of Beachy Head. The route takes in over 3,500 feet of elevation gain and descent but is the perfect introduction to trail running for newbie ultra runners and also anyone looking to push themselves over what is a classic ultra distance. The race is held under a full UK athletics permit granted through the Trail Running Association (Permit no. 4751).


Date: Sunday 29th May 2022
Start time: 9:30am
Finish time: 6:30pm
Start location: East Street, Falmer, East Sussex, BN1 9PB
Finish location: Helen Garden, Eastbourne, BN20 7XL
Entry Fee: £65
Distance: 50km (31 miles)
Elevation profile: 3,500ft of Ascent, 3,500ft of descent
Terrain: 99% trail, 1% road

What is included

  • A fantastic, fully signed and way marked route through the South Downs National Park
  • A bespoke UK Ultra finisher medal
  • UK Ultra finisher goody bag and T-shirt
  • Bespoke male and female winner trophies
  • Free downloadable race photos
  • Free post race sports massage
  • 4 well stocked aid stations
  • Post race hot drinks, food and local Longman ale
  • Live chip timing to follow runners progress
  • Prizes for all male and female winners in vet categories
  • Event insurance
  • First aid and medical cover
  • 15% discount at various finish line hotels
  • An awesome day out on the trails!