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Langham Hotel Weald Challenge Trail Races

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These off-rad Half Marathon and Ultra races in the Langham Hotel Weald Challenge Trail Races are set to challenge runners. Runners will travel through scenic woodlands and be rewarded with a finisher's medal as they cross the finish line.

Review summary

4.7
3 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

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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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How to enter the Langham Hotel Weald Challenge Trail Races

  1. 50 Km Ultra Trail

    Run 50km
    £46–£48
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  2. Trail Half Marathon

    Run 13.1mi
    £31–£33
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Langham Hotel 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

Due to the current situation, race numbers will be sent out in the post the week before the race.

Race numbers are to be worn on your front.

Upon receiving your race number, please ensure you complete your emergency contact information on the back of the race number.

Start Times:

08:00 - 08:30 50km Ultra Trail

09:00 - 09:30 Half Marathon

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.

Frequently Asked Questions

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
Will the event be timed?
Yes the event will be chip-timed.

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Langham Hotel Weald Challenge Trail Races reviews (3)

4.7 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 50 Km Ultra Trail 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 Ultra Trail 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 Trail Half Marathon 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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