Age 16 & over
The extraordinary vistas of the South Downs National Park with its rolling hills, river valleys, ancient woodland and the iconic white cliffs of the Heritage Coast make it a walker’s paradise.
This challenging but rewarding trek is the perfect way to take it all in. Supported by expert guides with lunch and snacks included, all you need to do is lace up your boots and get walking!
Your efforts and fundraising will help raise vital funds for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity and support a world-leading cancer centre to make a difference to the lives of people affected by cancer. Every step makes a difference!
26 miles forms an enormous challenge for walkers. But it is so worth it!
The South Downs Challenge is pretty tough so you'll need an adventurous spirit and an open mind. You may have taken part in other trekking challenges and now want to test yourself in a tougher environment. The more you exercise before the challenge, the more you will get out of it.
This is a sustained event of up to 12 hours and covering remote terrain with steep ascents and descents. The ideal training for this challenge is walking on similar terrain. However, if you do not have the luxury of living near the great outdoors, then the gym or running/walking in your local area are good places to start. Most training should be part of an ongoing lifestyle, but if this is not the case then you should begin training 4-6 months prior to the challenge and gradually build up.
Remember to use the clothes, equipment and especially the boots/shoes that you will be wearing on the challenge in order to get them worn in.
Equipment of good quality and durability could make the difference between a fantastic challenge experience and an uncomfortable one. Waterproof and well-worn in boots or trail shoes are required. The terrain is uneven and can be very rough, so it is vital that you use either boots or trail running shoes with a good grip. Sports trainers are not suitable.
American Express Community Stadium
The event registration point will be in the small village of Falmer, just across the road from the AMEX football stadium.
This incredible coastal trek starts just outside Brighton and takes you on 42km of testing, undulating terrain before finishing at Beachy Head.
You will cross Firle Beacon, for stunning views of the coast, before heading down to the Seven Sisters and finishing the trek along this most incredible stretch of cliff tops before finishing at Beachy Head.
Start from the small village of Falmer and trek towards Eastbourne along the South Downs Way. During the challenge, you will be led by experienced leaders who will motivate and support you along the way!
The route heads east and there's a tough climb up on to the top of Firle Beacon. From this vantage point you will have wonderful views over the surrounding area before descending to the picturesque village of Alfriston. From here you follow the pretty Cuckmere river to the sea before your final section takes you along the impressive cliff tops of the Seven Sisters Country Park to the mighty finish at Beachy Head.
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
Raising vital funds to help cancer patients across the UK and around the world.
The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity raises money solely to support The Royal Marsden, a world-leading cancer centre. From funding state-of-the-art equipment and ground-breaking research, to creating the very best patient environments, the charity never stops looking for ways to improve the lives of people affected by cancer.
You are required to raise as much as you can for The Royal Marsden Cancer Charity
Payment due by 25/02/2023
Becky and I feel so thankful to The Royal Marsden for the incredible support they have shown two family members through their fight with cancer. The walks we do like the Souths Downs Challenge are a small token of our support to try and give as much back as we can.
We will remain forever indebted to the staff at The Royal Marsden for their perseverance, support, love and care. There are no words to say how thankful we are to them all. Jamie, South Downs Challenge participant and supporter