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Weald Challenge Trail Races

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The Langham Hotel Weald Challenge Trail Races follow the long distance paths of the Wealdway and the Vanguard Way. Both races start and finish in the village of Chiddingly and encompass the surrounding beauty of the Sussex countryside en route. The courses are approximately 75% (half marathon) and 85% (ultra) off-road, and as the runners travel along the picturesque and undulating routes, they will take in a great variety of landscapes containing rolling hills, irregular shaped fields and ancient woodlands. Runners participating in the 50km Ultra Trail race will experience the added bonus of the spectacular views from the open heathland of the Ashdown Forest.

Review summary

4.7
3 Reviews
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Stuart W
"Beautifully scenic course, great organisation and genuinely friendly support..."

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Dan C
"Logistics were perfect. Course and signage spot on. A great combination of..."

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Daren P
"A low key race through the Weald of Sussex and the Ashdown Forest. Friendly..."
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  2. 13 1 Miles

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Weald Challenge Trail Races routes

The Weald Challenge Trail Races follow the long distance paths of the Wealdway and the Vanguard Way.

As the two long distance paths travel through East Sussex, the two paths run parallel in a northwards direction, not too far apart, with the two paths meeting at three points; Chiddingly, Blackboys, and the Ashdown Forest. The Weald Challenge Trail Races therefore take advantage of these three meeting points, resulting in the perfect distances for the 50km Ultra Trail and the Trail Half Marathon. It was as if the Weald Challenge Trail Races were just 'meant to be'!

The start for both races is at Chiddingly. The half marathon route heads north along the Wealdway to the meeting point at Blackboys, then returns south along the Vanguard Way back to Chiddingly. The 50km ultra trail route heads north along the Wealdway, all the way into the spectacular Ashdown Forest to the third meeting point within the Ashdown Forest, then returns south along the Vanguard Way back to Chiddingly.

The race routes are approximately 75% (trail half marathon ) - 85% (50km ultra trail) off-road.

Event Details

What’s Included
    Chip race timing
    Refreshments at checkpoints
    A quality bespoke Weald Challenge finishers medal
    A quality bespoke handmade Weald Challenge event coffee mug
    Complimentary filter coffee or tea following the race, served in the handmade coffee mug, plus homemade organic cake to enjoy
    Free car parking within a field adjacent to race registration and the race start / finish
    A 10% discount on all of their already discounted products at the Lets Run Store
    First aid and medical cover
    Event insurance
    Online entry charges included
Raceday Logistics

Race numbers will be provided at race registration, which is located at Chiddingly Primary School, Muddles Green, East Sussex, BN8 6HN. Race numbers are to be worn on your FRONT. Upon receiving your race number at registration, please ensure you complete your emergency contact information on the back of the race number.

Registration times for each race are as follows:

Ultra Trail 50K - between 7:00am and 7:45am.

Trail Half Marathon - between 7:45am and 9:00am.

Spectators

The nicer places to watch the runners are probably as follows:

At Buxted Park Hotel / Buxted Church, the runners run out along the driveway. A quiet, scenic spot to watch the runners.

At checkpoint 2, there is a quiet country lane which is accessed by driving through the village of Fairwarp, which is off the B road from Maresfield to Ashdown Forest.

Near the summit of Ashdown Forest, near the Ultra most northern turn point, just to the south of the turn point there is a carpark, and it is possible to cheer the runners still heading north, and then wander back to the car par (200 metres away) and cheer them on their return journey probably 3 – 4 minutes later.

A little under 2 miles later, the runners cross the A26 at Poundgate where checkpoint 3 is located. Located at the checkpoint is the Crow and Gate Pub, so a possible place for a quick drink or snack to allow time for your runner to make their way south towards Blackboys. The A26 can be at times rather busy, so probably not the quietist place to watch.

Further south on the return journey, the runners pass through Blackboys, and cross the B2192 heading south out of the village. Where they cross the road is a really good pub with a garden bar. So an excellent place to sit and relax with a drink whilst cheering all of the runners as they run past.

Please note that checkpoint 1 / 4 is located down a private drive, so there is no vehicle access to this checkpoint.

FAQs

Is there a cut-off time for each race?

Trail Half Marathon - 5 hours

Ultra Trail 50K - 8 hours

Is There a Minimum Age for Each Race?

Yes, the minimum ages for each race are as follows:

Trail Half Marathon - 17 years old

Ultra Trail 50K - 18 years old

Weald Challenge Trail Races weather forecast

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Weald Challenge Trail Races reviews (3)

4.7 out of 5 stars

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  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 50 Km in 2019

    Logistics were perfect. Course and signage spot on. A great combination of speed and challenge. A friendly, well organised but low-key event.
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  • Did the 50 Km in 2019

    A low key race through the Weald of Sussex and the Ashdown Forest. Friendly atmosphere, great aid stations, a medal and a mug for finishers plus coffee and cake.
  • Did the 13 1 Miles in 2019

    Beautifully scenic course, great organisation and genuinely friendly support crew.
    Well positioned and stocked hydration stations, and lots of post race cakes. Loos deserve a special mention for being immaculately maintained!
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