South Downs Trekathon | The Passage
Sat 14 Sep 2024 Lewes, East Sussex, UK Bring a friend for free

South Downs Trekathon | The Passage

Explore one of the UK’s most beautiful National Parks with its pretty riverside paths, rolling hills, white coastal cliffs and the famous South Downs Way and support charity #TeamPassage.

  • Sat 14 Sep 2024
  • Bring a friend for free
Lewes, Lewes

South Downs Trekathon | The Passage

Bring a friend for free in July!



Age 12 & over

  • 1 day hiking


You and your friends, family, or work colleagues are invited to take on this South Downs Trekathon challenge walk and support homeless charity, The Passage.

With three distances to choose from there's something for all abilities! You'll receive a complete challenge package including pre-challenge zoom briefing, free technical trekking top, training guide, qualified walking guides and a medal.

Uplifting, motivating and scenic


  • An exciting charity challenge walk through the South Downs National Park
  • Traverse pretty river paths, rolling patchwork hills, white coastal cliffs and the South Downs Way
  • Three route choices of 5, 9, or 15 miles
  • Ideal for individuals, pairs, families, friends and work colleagues
  • Round off summer with a memorable achievement
  • Raise £200 for charity, The Passage
  • Hike so that everyone has a place to call home

Event details

  • All fitness levels
  • Families
  • Newcomers
  • Teams

  • Coast
  • Rural

Event HQ

East Sussex

The Start Location is Convent Field, Lewes, and can be found here on Google Maps:

  • First aid
  • Hilly
  • Mass start

9 Mile route

With a 226m ascent, finishing along the pretty and picturesque River Ouse. This walk can take up to 4.5 hours to complete.

9 mile route

15 mile route

With a 495m ascent, this route takes us near the highest point in East Sussex, Ditchling Beacon. Enjoy views of rolling patchwork hills meeting white coastal cliffs. This walk can take up to 8 hours to complete.

15 mile route

  • Plastic bottle free
  • Public transport links
  • Sustainability policy

The Mountain Leaders have great respect for the natural environment and local residents so hikers can be certain of a responsible approach on the big day.

  • Certificate
  • Eco medal
  • Eco t-shirt
  • Race photo
  • Technical t-shirt


  • Dedicated charity contact providing challenge details and fundraising guidance
  • Pre-challenge zoom briefing to go over what to expect, kit, training and Q&A
  • Dedicated support from the events team
  • Training guide to get you in shape for the challenge
  • Your very own branded online fundraising page
  • A free technical trekking top to wear on the day
  • Qualified Mountain Leader Guides walking with you from What's Not to Hike
  • A warm welcome on the day from The Passage team who join along the way
  • Certificate of achievement to commemorate your challenge and also your fundraising
  • A well-deserved eco-medal on your completion of the trek

Not Included

  • Travel Insurance
  • Personal hiking kit (hiking boots, poles, etc.)
  • Transport
  • Accommodation if required

  • Fundraising incentives
  • Fundraising materials
  • Fundraising required
  • Fundraising support
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

All participants are encouraged to raise £200 in sponsorship.

The Passage

Everyone deserves a place to call home.

The Passage charity provides a wide range of services to help those experiencing homelessness in and around London.

Join this challenge and save someone from a night on the streets, whilst achieving something great for yourself at the same time.

  • Age 12 & over
  • Entries open
  • Charity places
  • Enter online
  • Fundraising required

Entry fees

Entry fee


Minimum sponsorship


I loved the day! It was challenging, as expected, but I loved meeting new people and hearing why The Passage was important to them. Everyone was lovely and supportive, it felt like we were a team who had known each other for years, rather than hours. Ruby, South Downs Trekathon participant

Just a great day with good people!