Saturday 6th August 2022 - Queen Elizabeth Country Park
12pm: Start 1 - Runners expecting to finish over 24 hours. (32hr cut off).
6pm: Start 2 - Runners expecting to finish between 20 and 24 hours. (26hr cut off).
8pm: Start 3 - Elite Women (expecting to finish under 22 hours).
Midnight: Start 4 - Elite Men (expecting to finish under 20 hours).
Sunday 7th August 2022
12pm: First runners expected to finish
2pm: Lead male and female runners expected to finish
8pm: Final runner expected to finish
Please note there are additional cut off times for each Aid station which can be found below.
In order to maximise safety and create a unique atmosphere seldom seen at ultra-distance events where all runners will be greeted as they cross the finish line by friends, family, supporters and other athletes during daylight hours this year's event features four seeded start times.
Please note it is very important you seed yourself as accurately as possible, if you have any doubts about your predicted finish time then please start in the earlier group, however, do not start in an earlier group knowing you are a faster runner just so you can finish earlier the next day otherwise you may find that the Aid stations are not open!
Anyone wishing to be eligible for a podium position must start in the appropriate elite start group (8pm for women and midnight for men).
There will be no requirement to register before the event instead race bibs with built in timing chips will be posted to runners the week before.
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 finish will be in Eastbourne.
There will be free parking available at the start along with free camping if you wish to stay the night beforehand. There will be toilets available only. More information on this will again be included in the athlete guide. You will also be able to leave your vehicle overnight to collect on Sunday after the event. This is free of charge.
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 changing facilities and toilets along with food/drink.
There will be 12 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. The official nutrition company supporting the race will be HIGH 5. There will be a range of HIGH 5 Hydration/energy drinks and gels at all stations. Along with this a range of sweet and savoury foods including sandwiches, wraps, sweets, crisps, fruit, coke, biscuits, chocolate and cakes.
Aid Station 1: Stoughton - 11 miles. Cut off 2.30am
Aid Station 2: West Dean - 20 miles. Cut off 4.15am
Aid Station 3: Bignor Hill - 27 miles. Cut off 5.30am
Aid Station 4: Arundel - 38 miles. Cut off 7.30am
Aid Station 5: Findon - 48 miles. Cut off 9.30am
Aid Station 6: Botolphs - 54 miles. Cut off 10.30am
Aid Station 7: Portslade - 60 miles. Cut off 11.30am
Aid Station 8: Housedean Farm - 70 miles. Cut off 1.30pm
Aid Station 9: Southease - 76 miles. Cut off 2.45pm
Aid Station 10: Alfriston - 83 miles. Cut off 4.15pm
Aid Station 11: Jevington - 90 miles. Cut off 5.15pm
Aid Station 12: East Dean - 96 miles. Cut off 6.30pm
Finish: Eastbourne - 100 miles. Cut off 8pm
Runners will have the option of leaving a drop bag at registration. These bags will be transported to the 50 and 75 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 the 75-mile 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 from the halfway point only. They will however be allowed to spectate in the first half of the event. Good spots to watch runners in the first half are TBC and will be attached here in due course.
Runners will be allowed a pacer from the half-way point.
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 aren’t 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.
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.
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. Red and white tape will also be used very sparingly. There are a few small sections that come off these three main trails during the event. Again, these will be well signed, and will be pointed out in the athlete guide sent to runners in the build-up. A map and compass are not necessary at all at this event. 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 if you have one. 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. All details and booking information will be sent to entrants closer to the event.
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 shuttle bus service in operation travelling back to the start. This is at a cost of £20 payable in cash to the driver. Further details regarding booking will be sent to entrants closer to the event.
There will also be a small shuttle service available after the race, 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.