Race to the King

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Try an Ultra steeped by taking part in this two-day running challenge set in the iconic Goodwood Racecourse. Explore two equal, but very different loops in the South of England with a variety of terrain and stunning landscapes that will challenge and inspire you.
Non-Stop, Weekender, Day 1 – Saturday, and 1 more
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Sat, 11 Jun 2022 - Sun, 12 Jun 2022
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Chichester, United Kingdom
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The event experience

Based on 1,500 participants


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5 to 20m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Goodwood Racecourse, Selhurstpark Rd, Chichester PO18 0PS, UK
Start times
Sat, 11 Jun 2022
7:30am |
7:30am |
Day 1 – Saturday:
Sun, 12 Jun 2022
Day 2 – Sunday:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Race to the King
Day 2 – Sunday
Day 1 – Saturday
Route information
Route: Kirkharle to Bamburgh Castle
Distance: 100k Elevation: 2,280 ft.
Head off from the start line into the hilly woodlands and stunning moorlands of the famous Northumberland National Park. Abundant with wildlife, see if you can spot the renowned red squirrel before following the trail along the River Coquet all the way to basecamp.
Carrying on your ultra marathon journey, you will soon hit the coastline which will accompany you for the rest of the day. Navigate the sandy trails before finishing in Bamburgh where celebrations and jubilation await you.
DAY 1:
Route: Kirkharle to Basecamp
Distance: 55k
As you set off on your memorable journey across the South Downs Way, you can expect challenging climbs and constantly changing surroundings every step of the way.
With rolling hills, luscious greenery and fantastic wildlife, you won’t want your journey to end, even if it is at the fantastic basecamp! With food, bars and a chilled atmosphere waiting for you, there is no better place to celebrate your amazing achievement.
DAY 2:
Route: Bamburgh Castle Distance: 45k
Setting off from the basecamp early Sunday morning, you will be trekking amongst some of the best countryside Britain has to offer. Heading through the Queen Elizabeth Country Park you will experience the impressive 1,400 acres of open woodland before going past the historic Cheese foot Head natural Amphitheatre.
Ending at the iconic Winchester Cathedral, it is the perfect finishing site for this incredible challenge. Standing under the shadow of this impressive building, there is no greater place to reflect on everything you have accomplished.
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What's included
  • Fully-signposted route
  • Loaded pit stops
  • On route medical support
  • Event timing from Results Base
  • Finishers medal
  • Bag transport to the finish for all participants
  • Online Map book with information about the route, views and landmarks
  • 2 Course meal at Basecamp
  • Showers
How to get there
Goodwood Racecourse, Selhurstpark Rd, Chichester PO18 0PS, UK
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Participant car parking is available at Goodwood Racecourse. This will be available to purchase prior to the event. An event parking permit will be sent to you in your Registration Pack and must be clearly displayed in your vehicle.
There will also be drop-off and pick-up areas at each location. There is a maximum wait time of 30 mins. It is free of charge and does not need to be booked.
If you drop out during the event it is your responsibility to make your way back to your car.
All cars are left at owners’ risk and must be collected before the car park closes.
Event day logistics
Race Packs:
Your race packs will get sent out 1 week before the event start date.
If you are travelling from overseas, you will not receive your pack in the post and you will need to pick it up from the registration desk on the day.
Start Times:
SATURDAY – There will be a staggered start to reduce congestion on the first part of the route. You will have chosen your start time when registering for the event.
07:30 - 07:55: Runners start time
08:05 - 08:25: Walkers start time
SUNDAY – Participants can start any time between 6am and 7am (there are no designated start times per person).
Pit Stops:
NON-STOP – 9 pit stops
WEEKENDERS/1-DAY – 4 pit stops
Cut-Off Times:
NON-STOP – 8:00pm
WEEKENDER/1-DAY – Saturday: 10:00pm, Sunday: 8:00pm
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Spectator Info
Friends and family are more than welcome to come support.
Spectators are allowed into the basecamp. Limited parking will be available for them. All non-overnight participants will need to be off the basecamp site by 10.00pm.
What to bring
Basic Kit List
  • Trail trainers/boots
  • Short and long-sleeve breathable sport top
  • Waterproof shell jacket
  • Sun hat
  • Woolly hat
  • Gloves
*A more detailed kit list will be sent out prior to the race.
Can I bring my dog to the Race to the King?
Dogs (aside from assistance dogs) are not permitted on the route.
Is there an age requirement to take part in the Race to the King?
Participants must be 16 and over to enter and anyone under 18 must be accompanied by a parent of guardian.
Will there be live tracking?
Yes, in partnership with Open Tracking, you can hire a GPS tracker for the duration of the event.
What measures have been put in place to ensure a safe environment?
Visit https://www.thresholdtrailseries.com/covid-19/ for a full brief on the new measures.
Will my bags be transported for me?
Bags will be transported for you from the start to your final destination each day.You’ll just drop bags in the morning and it will be there for you to pick them up at the other end. It's advised that you carry a small rucksack with you.
Will there be camping available at the Race to the King?
Your tent will be pitched ready and waiting for you when you arrive at basecamp but you will need to bring your own sleeping bag. You are not permitted to provide your own tent and camp on site.
3 reviews
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Heather H
Did the Non-Stop in 2019
I absolutely loved Race to the king! It was quite challenging but stunning scenery and so well organised and the atmosphere was brilliant and also the camaraderie from other participants was overwhelming I would reccomend it to anyone it's such an amazing experience and to finish at Winchester cathedral was just epic! I would definitely like to do it again!! If anyone is considering an ultramarathon this one is really amazing!!
Did the Non-Stop in 2019
Another great even run by the Threshold series. This was my second ultra having done Race to the Tower prior. It was well organised, everyone was so friendly and there was no pressure. I like that it is open to all abilities. The pitstops were amazing and there was a great range of food on offer.
Ian Parkinson
Did the Day 1 – Saturday in 2019
Fantastic race thank you to all involed the pit crew staff were brilliant as well as the me do teams Well signpost great run thanks again.
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