The South Downs Way Devil's Challenge 2017- Sealskinz Ultra Trail Series | Multi-Day Endurance Events


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29Apr 2017

The South Downs Way Devil's Challenge 2017- Sealskinz Ultra Trail Series

29th April-1st May 2017, The South Downs Way, Hants, Surrey and Sussex.

97 miles, 3 days

GPX files: Day 1  Day 2  Day 3





The *NEW* Devil's Challenge, a three-day, 97-mile multi-day ultra marathon event taking place along the South Downs Way on the 29th April -1st May 2017, taking in the beautiful Devil's Dyke along the way.

The three-day 97 mile route passes the legendary Devil's Dyke, a spectacular 100 metre deep valley. The point-to-point route starts in Winchester in Hants and heads South East through the stunning South Downs National Park, finishing in Eastbourne in East Sussex on the third day. Full details are below!

What's included
There are two overnight stops in Midhurst and Brighton. The route goes through England's latest National Park encompassing some of the most spectacular scenery and quintessential villages.

As with all of our events, everything is taken care of at the Devil’s challenge so you can focus on the experience! Overnight accommodation, evening meals, showers, breakfast, food and drink at checkpoints, free parking, and even inspiring guest speakers in the evenings are all included for three day participants, and is also available at a supplement for one day participants.

This event will suit those who want a new challenge, people looking for an alternative to running marathons, those training for events like the Marathon des Sables or anyone who loves seeing the beautiful English countryside. 

Included in entry fee is:-

Car parking
A fully recced route designed to make the event special and challenging for all
Event t-shirt
Start/finish WC facilities including showers at the overnight locations
Unwanted Kit transported from start to finish each day. 
Overnight accommodation in a school hall on the Saturday and Sunday night
An evening meal on Saturday and Sunday evenings, and breakfast on Sunday and Monday morning
Checkpoint food and water throughout the event
Tea, coffee and cake for all competitors at the finish area each day
All permissions needed for the event granted, safety & medical cover throughout the event
Medal awarded to each finisher
Prizes awarded for the winners
Results reported on-line
Guest speakers in the evenings 
Free photos after the event!

Navigation and Support
The South Downs Way National Trail has excellent markings in the form of signposts or post discs.  The event is supported by a Course Manager to maintain event safety and to manage any serious incidents. A fully qualified medical crew are in attendance, to give first aid and to manage any serious medical problems in cooperation with the emergency services.



South Downs Way publications:

Harvey's South Downs Way National Trail - £15.99

AZ have produced an “Adventure series”, these are maps in a book. The South Downs Way is £8.95 at: 

You'll stay at Midhurst Rother College, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DT on the first night and Patcham High School, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton, BN1 8PB on the second night, with sleeping accommodation in a large hall.


Everything looked after - all you need to do is run (or jog or walk!)

No cut-off times
Unless there is a safety reason, we provide a no cut-off policy, to ensure that our events are inclusive. This means that you can be a part of it whether you're looking to win it or walk it!

Meet like-minded people
Our events are known for their great atmosphere. Whether it's other runners and walkers or memebers of our crew, we operate a tight ship and know how to have a good time. We can't wait to welcome you!


Early bird price £155 before 1st January 2017
Standard Entry Price £165, starts 1st January 2017
Late (standard) entry fee, Price £170, starts 2nd April 2017
Full event with no accommodation or food £145
Single day £48
Accommodation and food £30 per night.
Please Note: A 3% service charge, levied by this registration software, will be added to your final amount.

Guest speaker; David Byrne

Tierra Arctic Ultra Long Course Finisher
An Arctic Racing Tale: Plank, River, Rock, Repeat
'It didn’t turn out to be a PB for the distance but it was a PB for the number of mosquito bites per leg,' says David. 'These tough little fliers specialise in going through clothing from the outside and seemed to thrive on the challenge of trying to reverse park through socks.' David Byrne talks with humour about his experiences across 120k of Arctic, in which he encountered wildlife and wilderness. His preparation included reading about lemmings and people getting lost for days. Prepare to be inspired!

Further event details

The start times on day 1 are: Walkers 09:30, runners 10:00, with registration open from 0800 at Chilcomb Sports Ground.

Overnight Accommodation 
Day 1 - Midhurst Rother College, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DT
Day 2 - Patcham High School, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton, BN1 8PB

Transport to the Start
Trains -Saturday 29th April:
The nearest train station to the start is Winchester, part of the the SouthWest Trains network with a regular service from London Waterloo and Southampton. We will be operating mini-bus shuttles from Winchester Train Station to the start from 0800. There is limited car parking at the start, but it is a remote location and any vehicles left are at the owners risk

Transport from the Finish

Monday 1st May:
We will operate a regular mini-bus shuttle from the finish to Eastbourne Station, for trains to London Victoria Station. The average train journey time to London is 1 hour 36 minutes.
Other options

The mini buses and some cars will need to head back to the Winchester area once the event is completed on the Sunday afternoon/evening. We would be able to transport some people in this way. You will need to be patient with us as we close the event down.

Our suggestion would be that you try and be independent so that you don’t have to wait, but we will do all we can to accommodate individual requirements.

Would your friends or family like to volunteer if they are coming along to support you? Or do you know anyone who would like to make the magic of this event happen? All volunteers get free race entry the following year, food, accomodation and a free buff. To register, click here. 

We can't wait to see you there! Questions? Say hello on