Saturday 29th May 2021, Arundel Football Club.
4pm: Registration 1 open.
8pm: Registration 1 closes.
Sunday 30th May 2021, Arundel Football Club.
4am: Registration 2 open.
5.30am: Registration 2 closes.
5.45am: Mandatory race briefing, Arundel Football Club.
6am: Race start, Mill Road, Arundel.
10pm: Race finish
Race registration will take part at Arundel Football Club, Mill Road, Arundel, BN18 9PA and the race start will be just outside the Football Club on Mill Road.
The race will finish at Helen Garden, Royal Parade, Eastbourne, BN20 7XL.
There will be free parking available at Mill Road Car Park on the morning of the race next to Arundel Football Club along with a few spaces in the football club itself. Mill Road car park will officially open at 8am so if you have friends or family with you that are still parked here after that time then normal charges will apply.
Unfortunately, you won’t be able to leave your car in this car park (unless you are incredibly fast!), as it closes at 6pm. There are plenty of places to park in nearby streets around Arundel if you are returning to the start after the race.
There will be toilets and changing facilities at the start in the football club. Also, public toilets in the car park will be open and available to use. Refreshments such as cold drinks, hot and cold food, tea and coffee will be available to purchase here also.
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 and changing facilities available at the finish line along with a large marquee where your finisher meal and drinks can be enjoyed.
There will be 7 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: Washington 18km. Cut off 9am
Aid Station 2: Botolphs 28.6km. Cut off 11am
Aid Station 3: Saddlescombe Farm 37.6km. Cut off 12pm
Aid Station 4: Housedean Farm 53.4km. Cut off 2.30pm
Aid Station 5: Southease 64.7km. Cut off 4.30pm
Aid Station 6: Alfriston 76km. Cut off 6.15pm
Aid Station 7: East Dean 92km. Cut off 8.40pm
There is a time limit of 16 hours to finish the race. There will be additional cut offs at all of the Aid Stations along the route. These are shown in the table above.
Runners will have the option of leaving a drop bag at registration. This bag will be transported to the halfway point at Housedean Farm where it 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 Farm. With travel time it should arrive at the finish by 4:30pm. 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.
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. Places that we recommend to watch your runner are listed below. Please try to avoid any others that are not on here:
Devils Dyke visitor car park/pub, Dyke Road, Poynings, BN1 8YJ.
Jack and Jill Windmill society car park, Clayton, East Sussex, BN6 9PG
Firle Beacon car park, Lewes, East Sussex,BN8 6LR
Bo Peep Bostal car park, Lewes, East Sussex, BN26 6UJ
Helen Garden, Eastbourne, BN20 7XL.
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 before, during, and after the race.
Fully charged mobile phone including the numbers for the Race Medic and Race Director which will be available at registration.
Emergency survival blanket.
Hydration system capable of holding one litre of liquid.
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 cupless.
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. The two exceptions to this are the first 6km from Arundel where the path heads up towards Houghton and the section at 81km where the race leaves the Trail and enters the Friston Forest before reattaching on to the South Downs Way at Birling Gap. These two sections will be heavily marked with red and white tape as will the entire course. A map and compass are not necessary at all. 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 a £5,250 prize purse available broken down into the following for both male and female runners.
1st place £1000
2nd place £750
3rd place £500
4th place £250
5th place £125
In order to be in contention to win part of the winnings you must be able to show a full GPS version of the route after finishing to The Race Director. Unfortunately this is the only fair way for us to be certain no one has taken shortcuts in order to finish in the top places.
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 are many accommodation options available near the finish line to relax and spend the night. However if you need to get back to the start, there will be a shuttle bus service in operation after the race from Eastbourne to Arundel. Coaches will leave at 10.30pm for the hour-long drive to Arundel. This is free of charge and further details regarding booking will be sent to participants later.