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2022 Athlete Guide




Sunday 29th May 2022, East Street, Falmer, BN1 9PB.
8:30am: Check-in opens.
9:15am: Check-in closes.
9.30am: Race start, East Street, Falmer.
6.30pm: Race finish, Helen Garden, Eastbourne.

Race bibs will be sent out in advance by post and there will be no requirement to register at the event.

Race start/finish location:

Race registration will take part in East Street, Falmer, BN1 9PB.

The race will finish at Helen Garden, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, BN20 7XL.

There will be free parking available in Falmer in the field adjacent to the start line. You will be able to leave your car there for the remainder of the day. There will be toilets available, as well as a catering van serving food and drinks.

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 be toilets available, along with food and drink.

Aid Stations:

There will be 4 very well stocked aid stations along the route which are listed below. Aid stations will carry a wide range of food and drink. They 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: Southease, 11km
Aid Station 2: Alfriston, 22km
Aid Station 3: Jevington, 29km
Aid Station 4: East Dean, 39km

Cut Offs:

All runners must be finished by 8.30pm. There are no cutoff times for this race along the route other than at the last aid station in East Dean where everyone must have left by 6.30pm.


There will be no crews at this event. We have decided to go with this option in order to keep landowners and the general public along the route happy. We did have the option to allow crews, but in terms of putting the future of the race in jeopardy we decided against it. With regular aid stations along the route, having a crew is not necessary for this event. Please contact us if you have any particular dietary needs on the day, and we will do our best to make sure they are available for you throughout.


No pacers will be allowed to accompany runners at any time during the race.


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. Spectators must not attend at any of the aid station locations.

Finish Line Bags:

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. We will not post or hold any bags that are not collected by the end of the event.

Mandatory Kit:

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 before, during, and after the race.

It is not mandatory but we do suggest you bring a waterproof jacket in case rain is forecast for the day, and also a foldable cup as the race will be cup less.

Route Markers and Navigation:

A large part of the route will be on the South Downs Way and on these sections there will be South Downs Way Waymarker posts showing the Acorn sign symbolizing a National Trail. We will mark the route mainly with UK Ultra arrows and red/white tape. A map and compass are not necessary at all. There will also be Marshalls positioned at any areas that are difficult to navigate.

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 also 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.

Shuttle Bus:

There will be a shuttle bus service in operation on the morning of the race, travelling from Eastbourne to Falmer. Any entrants staying in Eastbourne before the event will be able to choose this option along with any local residents. The bus will depart at 7:30am from the Langham Hotel on the seafront at a cost of £10 per ticket. Booking details will be sent to entrants closer to the event for all bus services.

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 Falmer. It will depart at 7pm and tickets will be £10.

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. There are direct trains from here back to Falmer.