With over 1000 runners in 2022, the Sussex Downs Half Marathon is now in its fourth year running.
The Sussex Downs Half Marathon is set in The South Downs National Park in Mid-Sussex. Starting from the well-equipped Plumpton Racecourse, right at the foot of the South Downs, it is in easy reach of Brighton, Haywards Heath, Lewes, Burgess Hill and the A27/ A23.
The Sussex Downs Half Marathon has a lot to offer. Whether it’s picturesque and unspoilt views you’re after, fast and long-ranging trails, or a challenging climb, there’s something for everyone. There are two routes to choose from, a 21k Half Marathon route and a 12.5k Standard route. The routes start with a flattish 3.5k tree-lined section to warm up the legs before a tough climb up to the South Downs Way. The climb will reward you with spectacular vistas over the Sussex countryside, the Seven Sisters Country Park and far-reaching sea views.
From here you will run a visually rewarding loop on sturdy trails towards Brighton before heading back up to the South Downs Way which will overload your senses with its amazing scenery.
You will then descend from the Sussex Downs hilltop enjoying the vast and sprawling views before a flat final 3km to the finish. Catering will be available to top up the energy stores.
Regardless of experience or ability, UK Running Events actively encourage new runners to our events and have 2 route lengths to choose from: Epic (21k) and a Standard (12.5k).
Please Note: UK Running Events are unable to cater for Canicross at this event.