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Make your own history by taking on the 53-mile route finishing at the awe-inspiring Winchester Cathedral. Take it on in part, non-stop, or opt to camp and make a weekend of it.
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Heather H
"I absolutely loved Race to the king! It was quite challenging but stunning..."

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Ana C
"Another great even run by the Threshold series. This was my second ultra having..."

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Ian Parkinson
"Fantastic race thank you to all involed the pit crew staff were brilliant as..."
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Race to the King routes

WEEKENDER:

The ultimate weekend exploring the trails and relaxing overnight at our halfway basecamp.

Route: Arundel to Winchester
Distance: 53.6 miles
Elevation: 5,051ft


With rolling hills, testing climbs and stunning scenery, this route really has it all! Setting off from Arundel on the Saturday morning, you will venture out in to the breathtaking South Downs to explore all it has to offer. Stopping overnight at our halfway point, you can rest up and relax at our fantastic basecamp before getting ready to head back out on to the trails the following day.

With the second half of your journey even more beautiful than the first (if you can believe it!) it won’t be long before you see the steps of the impressive Winchester Cathedral. An icon in British history, it is the perfect finish for such a monumental achievement.

NON-STOP:

Route: Arundel to Winchester
Distance: 53.6 miles
Elevation: 5,051ft


Beginning at Arundel, you will set off to explore the stunning South Downs Way, full of luscious greenery and breathtaking scenery.

With the incredible Queen Elizabeth Country Park full of impressive woodland, the beautiful Cheesefoot Head which is a natural amphitheatre and most importantly the iconic Winchester Cathedral where your journey will end, your experience promises to be rich in both history and in astonishing scenery.

Trekking along the trails, it is a real test of both mental and physical endurance to see if you can end triumphant and smiling at the finish line!

DAY 1:

Route: Arundel to Basecamp
Distance: 23.4 miles
Elevation: 2,718 ft.


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 our fantastic basecamp! With food, bars and a chilled atmosphere waiting for you, there is no better place to celebrate your amazing achievement.

DAY 2:

Location: Basecamp to Winchester
Distance: 30.2 miles
Elevation: 2,333ft


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.

Event Details

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
Raceday 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

Kit List

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.

Spectators

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I bring my dog?
Dogs (aside from assistance dogs) are not permitted on the route as part of the event, due to the volume of people on the trail and the challenging nature of the course.
Is there an age requirement to take part?
Participants must be 16 and over to enter. Any participants 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. In your registration pack you will be given a luggage label with your participant number on it to attach to any luggage so it is easy to find at the end of the day. You’ll just need to 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?
Your tent will be pitched ready and waiting for you when you arrive at basecamp and you will collect your sleeping mat when you check in to tent allocation. You will need to bring your own sleeping bag. Tents are 2 man pop up tents (allocated one per person). You are not permitted to provide your own tent and camp on site.

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Race to the King reviews (3)

5 out of 5 stars

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    Heather H

    Did the Double Marathon 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!!
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  • Did the Double Marathon 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.
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    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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