Sussex Downs Half Marathon

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Set in the South Downs National Park and with 2 distances on offer, the Sussex Downs Half Marathon is perfect for runners looking to dip their toe into trail running, or experienced runners looking for a winter race. Come for the finisher's goodies and stunning views.
Participants
21k and 12.5k
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Calendar
Sat, 19 Nov 2022
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LocationPin
Plumpton, United Kingdom
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4.7
(228 Reviews)
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Where and when
Location
Plumpton Racecourse Ltd, Plumpton, Lewes BN7 3AL, UK
Start times
Sat, 19 Nov 2022
21k:
9:00am |
12.5k:
9:15am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Sussex Downs Half Marathon
21k
Distance
21km
£40.00
12.5k
Distance
12.5km
£32.00
Route information
The Sussex Downs Half Marathon starts out from Plumpton Racecourse, right at the foot of the South Downs National Park. This course has unspoilt views, fast, long-ranging trails, and challenging climbs, making it the perfect event for all types of runners.
The Sussex Downs Hald Marathon course starts with a mostly flat 3.5k section amongst trees before a climb up to the South Downs Way. Your hard work getting up this hill will be well worth it when you see the spectacular views over the Sussex countryside, the Seven Sisters Country Park, and far-reaching sea views.
From there, you'll be taken along sturdy trails towards Brighton before heading back up South Downs Way. Finally, you'll enjoy a downhill stint with vast views before a flat 3k to the finish line.
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What's included
  • 🧦 Finisher's socks
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How to get there
Plumpton Racecourse Ltd, Plumpton, Lewes BN7 3AL, UK
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Plumpton Racecourse is in easy reach of Brighton, Haywards Heath, Lewes, Burgess Hill and the A27/ A23.
Event day logistics
09:00 Long starts
09:15 Medium starts
You will be sent both a posted pre-event information pack and an email 1-2 weeks before the event. This will include confirmation of your entry, venue details and parking information. You will receive your Race number and timing chip via the post.
Age Requirements
Entrants must be 12+, if you are under 16 you must be accompanied by a full paying adult.
Water stations
Please bring your own reusable cup or bottle for the water stations as all stations are plastic-free.
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FAQs
Can I bring my dog to run with me at the Sussex Downs Half Marathon?
Unfortunately the Sussex Downs Half Marathon event does not allow dogs.
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What does my entry fee to the Sussex Downs Half Marathon include?
All runners in the Sussex Downs Half Marathon will be given a medal, protein bar, pair of running socks and neck buff at the finish line! There is also catering on-site to fuel up after the race.
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Do I have to run a Half Marathon in the Sussex Downs Half Marathon?
There is a shorter 12.5k route as a part of the Sussex Down Half Marathon if you'd rather enter a shorter race.
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Can my children enter the Sussex Downs Half Marathon?
Children can enter the 12.5k, but all those under 15 must be accompanied by a paying adult.
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Reviews
4.7
steve
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4.7
Did the race in 2022
Would have been good to know that bag drop was £3. Also some enforced walking in first quarter of the event.
tekah
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3.7
Did the race in 2022
On the whole enjoyed the race. Didn't know there would be a £3 charge for bag drop, have never been charged for dropping a bag at any event, the queue for bag drop was so long we missed the start. For this reason we wouldn't do this event again as it spoilt the start of the event
dean
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4.7
Did the race in 2022
This was my first half marathon, it was muddy and hilly with South Downs scenery , I'll be back for more
ian
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4.0
Did the race in 2022
Great route, encouraging marshalls. Maybe a note in the information that if you park it’s hard to leave before the racing has finished.
louise
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
Really hilly, but I'd looked at the elevation map beforehand so knew exactly what I was letting myself in for! Well placed aid stations, great wooden medal too! Plus a free race cup which is very handy. My second event from Uk Running Events and will be doing more
bea
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4.3
Did the race in 2022
Great event but the hills are not for everyone. The drops on the side were terrifying for those scared of heights.... ie me!
lee
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
Amazing will do it again
lee
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
Amazing will do it again
robin
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4.0
Did the race in 2022
Stunning route
sean
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5.0
Did the race in 2022
What an amazing event from start to finish. . Would highly recommend.
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Recent Questions
Paul King
29/09/2021
If I miss my allocated start time because my train is late will I still be allowed to start?
Eamon Matthews
28/09/2021
Hi will there be anywhere to leave a small bag with a change of clothes at the race?
Tina Miller
28/09/2021
No bag drop according to the organiser website. I usually find a secluded place to leave my bag. It’s always been there when I get back
UK Running Events
29/09/2021
there is a bag drop available on the day - £3 per bag
Tina Miller
28/09/2021
Not according to the race organiser website.
UK Running Events
29/09/2021
Yes, there is a bag drop available on the day - £3 per bag
UK Running Events
29/09/2021
Normally that wouldn't be an issue but you are on the last start wave of the day - the starting area will be shutting down shortly after 10:30 so I suggest you aim earlier to give yourself some breathing space.
Paul Calver
02/09/2021
What time will the 12.5K start please?
UK Running Events
02/09/2021
We'll be sending out information on this soon - the 12.5K will start approx mid-morning - you'll get a choice of start wave times in that communication.
Jim Lynch
29/07/2021
What time is the half marathon start?
UK Running Events
29/07/2021
The half marathon will be started in small waves throughout the morning to keep congestion low on the course. The first start will be approx 8:30 and be allocated on a first come first served basis. You will get an email nearer to the event to select your starting time.
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