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The Devil’s Challenge

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Race through South Downs National Park in this challenging 3 day 97 mile ultra marathon. Great for experienced ultra runners, this course meanders along South Downs Way and ends in Eastbourne in East Sussex. Come for the challenge or simply the breathtaking scenery.

Review summary

7 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Gert N
"Well organised events ,nice to see the same faces year after year noting to..."


Stussy B
"Absolutely awesome weekend., fantastic company to run with, every element was..."


Mark S
"Wanted a test to see if I could get up the next day and the next and run three..."
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How to enter the The Devil’s Challenge

  1. Full 3 day

    Run 156km
    Event passed
  2. Individual Day Saturday

    Run 49.6km
    Event passed
  3. Individual Day Sunday

    Run 54.3km
    Event passed
  4. Individual Day Friday

    Run 48.1km
    Event passed

The Devil’s Challenge routes

The course will take place in some of the most awe-inspiring countryside between Winchester and Eastbourne. Runners will be treated to picturesque villages, stunning wildlife and visible prehistory. Run along the South Downs way, this event is perfect for those wanting to experience the very best scenery the UK has to offer or for those training for longer Ultra Events.

The course will be signposted by the clear South Downs Way markings but runners should familiarise themselves with the route beforehand.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Stunning ultra route
  • Four Aid Stations per day
  • Full Paramedic Team
  • Event T-Shirt
  • Course Manager
  • Superb evening speakers at overnight accommodation
  • Prizes for 1st Male and Female Winners
Raceday Logistics


Day 1: Friday

8:00am: Registration opens at Chilcomb Sports Ground, Petersfield Rd, Winchester SO21HU

9:30am: Walkers begin

10:00am & 10:30am: Runners begin

Friday Finish location: Elsted Village Hall GU29 0JY

Bus transport to overnight location - Midhurst Rother College, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DT 

Day 2: Saturday

Start Location: Hilltop Car Park, south of Cocking GU29 0HT (Bus transport provided)

Finish Location: Clayton Village Hall, BN6 9PJ,

Bus transport to overnight location - Patcham High School, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton, BN1 8PB

Day 3 Sunday:

Start Location: Ditchling Beacon BN6 8XD (Bus transport provided)

Finish Location: St Andrew’s Prep School, Meads Street, Eastbourne BN20 7RP.


Everything is taken care of at the Devil's Challenge so you can focus on just running. Overnight accommodation, evening meals, showers & breakfast as well as evening speakers.

Kit List

Compulsory Items for The Devils Challenge:

  • Fully charge mobile phone (switched to ring)
  • 500ml water bottle at a minimum
  • Headtorch

Recommended kit items for all events:

  • Running shoes or walking boots
  • Running gear
  • One litre capacity water bottle or water hydration pack
  • Long trousers / leggings
  • Thermal top
  • Buff / Warm hat
  • Waterproof
  • Whistle
  • Emergency silver blanket

Spectators are welcome. The best place to view the runners will be at the checkpoints. Please note, spectators will need to make their own way to the checkpoints.


If you would like to volunteers for this event, please contact [email protected]

Frequently Asked Questions

How frequent are the aid stations?
Every 6-10 miles, there will be an aid station that has water as well as other snacks.
What medical provisions are on offer?
There will be a full medical team, course manager, and an event crew trained in first aid supporting all participants throughout the event.
What are prizes awarded for?
The first male and female winners will receive a prize as well as male and female age groups.
When will I receive my race number?
Your race number will be given to you at registration on day one.
Are bags transported for us during the day?
When competitors have finished with their bags at the start and subsequent mornings, they will be loaded onto a van and transported to the day's finish. One bag per competitor.
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The Devil’s Challenge weather forecast

Rain until evening.

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IconHigh chance of rain
IconModerate breeze possible, up to 16mph

Meet the organizer

XNRG creates unique, very challenging multi-day ultra running and walking events with a great atmosphere that are totally focused and built around the competitors. We want our customers to enjoy the freedom of being able to focus on the physical challenge and not have to worry about anything else. We welcome and design races that will reach everyone who wants to push their boundaries and take part in endurance events. From beginner to expert, we welcome everyone who wants to challenge themselves with like minded people. The XNRG team have a mixture of experience in endurance events, from ultra running to Ironman to multi stage adventure races. Our passion for endurance comes from our many years of racing. Multi-day ultra marathon events in stunning locations. Simply, we do everything so you can just focus on your best finish!

The Devil’s Challenge reviews (7)

5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Full 3 day in 2019

    Well organised events ,nice to see the same faces year after year noting to much ,very helpful and supportive ,definitively recomended ..well done Neil and his team
  • Did the Full 3 day in 2019

    Absolutely awesome weekend., fantastic company to run with, every element was organised and flawless. Race directors and staff were lovely and catered for every need. Would definitely run with this company again I cannot fault them. The runners were all a lovely bunch and it felt very inclusive, fast or slow you were part of a group with the same goals to get to the finish. A very enjoyable encouraging weekend for all abilities.
  • Did the Full 3 day in 2019

    Wanted a test to see if I could get up the next day and the next and run three Ultras back to back. This ticked the box! Great organisation thoroughly enjoyed every second of it. Would highly recommend this event to anyone......GO DO IT!!!!!
  • Did the Full 3 day in 2019

    This was my 1st ever ultra and I absolutely loved every minute of it!!!.The South Downs way is an amazing route that just has to be run or walked!. I would definitely recommend this ultra event to others. The organisation was excellent from the moment you turned up Neil and his crew were on hand to give advice, help carry your bags or making you a cuppa.. Just one bit of advice I would give to others is wear ear plugs to bed. Great job folks!!! See you next year..
  • Did the Full 3 day in 2019

    Stunning course, perfect weather, excellent organisation, well stocked aid stations, good food at finish, lots of hills, tired legs !
  • Did the Individual Day Saturday in 2019

    I had the best day on Saturday, even if I had to withdraw on CP2 due to health condition. The start was well stocked abs the vibe was great. Start line and briefing was thorough and light beat. The competitors all chatted and encouraged each other. Checkpoints were well stocked up and (cold!) crew ready to help. The talk in the evening was helpful and post race lasagne just what I needed. This is a great event!
  • Did the Full 3 day in 2019

    XNRG were my first multi day ultra and there is a reason I go back. Not huge numbers, inclusive for walkers and runners, but with a competitive field. Organisation is brilliant. Staff and volunteers are outstanding.

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