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South Coast Challenge

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A testing but rewarding weekend trek, these 100k, 50k, 45k or 23k routes will challenge each entrant. However with runners, walkers, and joggers accommodated, this is a fantastic event along a stunning South Downs Way trail.

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What's included:

  • Bespoke Medal
  • Event T-shirt
  • Food & drinks catering to all requirements
  • Fully signed route & online maps
  • Chip-timed results
  • Trek Masters to help guide you
  • Baggage transfer service
  • Emergency support & route pick-ups
  • Shuttles for retirees
  • Glass of fizz at the finish!
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Route description
Route description

Full 100k Continuous
Eastbourne to Arundel
Distance: 100k
Elevation: 2170m

Full Challenge 2 Days
Eastbourne to Hove to Arundel
Day 1 - 55k & 1310m elevation
Day 2 - 45k & 860m elevation

1st Half Challenge
Eastbourne to Hove Distance: 55k
Elevation: 1310m

2nd Half Challenge
Hove to Arundel
Distance: 45k
Elevation: 860m

1st Quarter Challenge
Eastbourne to Alfriston
Distance: 23k
Elevation: 690m

Entrants can choose to run, walk or jog the event. Each option has different start & finish times. See raceday for more information.

Rest Stops

There will be rest stops every 10-15k under marquees which will be fully supported. these will include, toilet, massage, changing rooms, medical support, food and drinks, and more.

Each distance will have different food and drinks options at various stops. They will be located at the following marker points:

  • 23k - picnic lunch & fizzy drinks (BBQ for 1st Quarter Challenge)
  • 45k - BBQ (2nd Half Challenge only)
  • 55k - hot meal
  • 80k - brunch/lunch
  • 100k - cooked breakfast/BBQ
  • Finish - glass of fizz, medal, & t-shirt
Richard
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5.0
Did the Full Challenge - 100k in 2016
This is a review of the 2016 edition which has two important elements to keep in mind: August bank holiday and peak summer weather.First I have to say its a superbly well organised event over a wonderful course with stunning views. It was my first Ultra and a great life experience. Here are a few things to keep in mind: (i) The first 15 miles are the toughest in terms of the terrain - there are some vicious short ascents and descents along the cliffs and then you head into a wooded section which chops and changes repeatedly. It's tough to get into a rhythm, so start slow and don't get dispirited. (ii) Much of the course takes you up onto the downs - hard chalk with flints. Make sure you have trained on trails and wear shoes with cushioning and a rock plate(iii) The aid stations have everything, so I'd run with a couple of gels in case but the main requirement is fluid(iv) The 2016 edition was hot. Up on the downs was akin to running across a snow field and my low points were due to heat and glare - hydration, sun screen, visor hat and sunglasses help (v) Brighton - after 35 miles you trot into Brighton in the middle of the August bank holiday. Be prepared for an energy sapping run along the seafront dodging the day trippersThere you have it - it's a great event and I thoroughly recommend it.
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Logistics and schedule

Full Challenge

06:45 - 07:00 Runners start

07:00 - 09:00 Joggers & Walkers start

Finish Times

  • Runners - 9-16 hours
  • Joggers - 16-20 hours
  • Walkers - 20-36 hours.

Full Challenge over 2 days

Day 1

06:45 - 07:00 Runners start

07:00 - 09:00 Joggers & Walkers start

Day 2

06:00 - 06:30 Start for all

Finish Times Each Day

  • Runners - 4-8 hours
  • Joggers - 7-10 hours
  • Walkers - 10-16 hours

1st Half Challenge

06:45 - 07:00 Runners start

07:00 - 10:00 Joggers & Walkers start

Finish Times

  • Runners - 4-8 hours
  • Joggers - 7-10 hours
  • Walkers - 10-16 hours

2nd Half Challenge

Saturday

17:00 Join a full challenge runner from this time

Sunday

06:00 - 06:30 Start for all

Finish Times

  • Runners - 4-8 hours
  • Joggers - 7-10 hours
  • Walkers - 10-16 hours

1st Quarter

06:45 - 07:00 Runners start

07:00 - 09:00 Joggers & Walkers start

Finish Times

  • Runners - 2-3 hours
  • Joggers - 3-5 hours
  • Walkers - 4-7 hours

Baggage Transfers

There will be baggage transfer services at the event, which will be paid for in cash on the day. These cannot be pre-booked before the event. The prices are as follows:

  • Full Challenge: Start-HalfWay-Finish £15
  • Full Challenge: Start-Finish £10
  • Half Challenges: Start-Finish £5
  • Quarter Challenges: Start-Finish £5
  • Kit Drop Service: Runners only
Spectators

Spectators cannot visit the following rest-stops unless it is an emergency:

  • Stage 1 Mid-Point: Birling Gap, East Dean, East Sussex, BN20 0AB
  • Stage 2 Mid-Point: Southease Village Farm, East Sussex, BN7 3HX
  • Mini-Stop: Woodingdean car park, Falmer
  • Stage 3 Mid-Point: Peartree Cottage in Botolphs, BN44 3WB

There are rest-stops with either pay & display parking or supporter parking listed here:

  • Start: Eastbourne Sports Park, Ecat House, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne BN21 2UF
  • Rest Stop: Bank House Farm, Alfriston, BN26 5UG. The Willows public car park
  • Rest Stop - Half Way: Hove Park, Goldstone Crescent, Hove, BN3 6LR
  • Rest-Stop: Windlesham House School, Pulborough, RH20 4AY
  • Finish: Arundel Football Club, Mill Rd, Arundel BN18 9PA
How to get there

Eastbourne Sports Park, Ecat House, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne BN21 2UF, UK

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Transport

There are shuttle transfers available to be booked separately. These must all be booked in advance of the event.

Rest Stop Locations

The following is a list of rest stops and locations, in order of arrival.

  • Start: Eastbourne Sports Park, Ecat House, Cross Levels Way, Eastbourne BN21 2UF
  • Stage 1 Mid-Point: Birling Gap, East Dean, East Sussex, BN20 0AB
  • Rest Stop: Bank House Farm, Alfriston, BN26 5UG. The Willows public car park
  • Stage 2 Mid-Point: Southease Village Farm, East Sussex, BN7 3HX
  • Mini-Stop: Woodingdean car park, Falmer
  • Rest Stop - Half Way: Hove Park, Goldstone Crescent, Hove, BN3 6LR
  • Stage 3 Mid-Point: Peartree Cottage in Botolphs, BN44 3WB
  • Rest-Stop: Windlesham House School, Pulborough, RH20 4AY
  • Stage 4 Mid-Point: Houghton Farm, Arundel BN18 9LW
  • Finish: Arundel Football Club, Mill Rd, Arundel BN18 9PA
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