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Race to the King

23-Jun-2018 Arundel, West Sussex, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
84KM / 52Miles
1 Day

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Brutal  

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Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

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08:44 31-08-17

My first Ultra. Amazing ... I would rate it 5/5. Well sign posted, food stations were so well stocked with a variety of food and snacks. Helpers and supporters were encouraging and so supportive ... when I run to one of the last food stations, they just made me smile (just at the time when I needed it) as I need a "pick me up" time...

I will definitely do this one again.

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09:24 02-08-17

What a fantastic race for the first time Ultra. The navigation is easy as the organiser is very experienced and capable - follow the arrows!! It’s not too steep and relatively easy as an ultra. Go for it!

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06:21 09-07-17

A good race with more enjoyable than the scenery on the sister event, Race to the Stones. The check points are well spaced and reasonably well stocked (especially if you like heavy/junk food) but there was good stuff there too. The water melon at CP3 and the tea at CP 4 were very welcome. Also the signage was excellent - no chance of making a wrong turn.

What wasn't so good was the start strategy. We were allocated wave times with staggered starts but the event is open to walkers and these were allowed to go in the earlier waves - only to totally get in the way of the following runners from later waves on the narrow single track at the start of the race. That was a poor idea.

The hot meal at the end was a good idea - except it was well hidden away, there were no signs (or staff) directing you to it and I and many others only found out about it by reading the forums the next day.

The race though has an enjoyable mix of trail, my favourite being the (shortish) woodland trails and the off-road hills. The most tedious was the monotonous road hill that seemed to go forever round about 63k. The finish is also a grand setting, with the walls of Winchester cathedral letting you know when to commence your sprint finish.

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02:20 30-06-17

My second ever ultra, and first 50miler, and really tough. Organisation was superb, with great way marking and a beautiful route. Described as 'brutal' is accurate as its very hilly (5000ft escalation).
Conditions were ideal this year, with light drizzle at times and 80% cloud cover albeit this did restrict the great views a little.
Aid stations were good, although the advertised 'Mexican fajitas' never materialised (to my knowledge).
Great atmosphere and support in the final stages, with locals lining the finish and a very memorable finish line at the cathedral. The hot meal included in price at the comfortable cathedral cafeteria was very welcome

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03:06 08-03-17

I really enjoyed this event. I chose the one day option but love the fact that they offer the two day option. It was a beautiful route with enough of a challenge in terms of hills and technical trails to keep it interesting. The aid stations were really well stoked and the route was very easy to follow. I'd recommend this race.

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06:37 11-07-16

Lovely route, exceptionally well marked, good maps, friendly supportive volunteers, but rather overpriced for runners as opposed to walkers and a terrible mess up with buses to the start.

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10:55 05-07-16

This was my first experience to an Ultra. I have run marathons before, but never 2 in 2 days. Organisation was phenomenal, the pitstops were very well equipped with the everything you could need. Scenery was beautiful. I would recommend this event to anyone! Most probably I will do it again next year!

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11:18 04-07-16

If you are only going to run one ultra ever then this should definitely be on the list for consideration- for an inaugural event it really did have it all! The route was challenging enough without being impossible- plenty of climbing and some tricky footing in the second half (mud hills anyone?!), but I have honestly never run such a beautiful route from start to finish! Really breathtaking! The organisation was phenomenal- regular checkpoints with a wide array of food and drink-anything you could possibly want (sandwiches, fruit, sweets, chocolate, ETIXX bars and electrolytes, Coke, squash, tea, soup, cake... You get the gist!) There were also clean portaloos at every CP. The route was slightly long at 53.5 miles (my garmin actually clocked 54)... But there was no chance of getting lost as the route was so clearly waymarked with big red arrows. The end was spectacular at the doors of Winchester cathedral and a really nice touch was the hot food and drink provided to all finishers. It's on the pricey side but I doubt you'll get a better organised race!

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02:44 04-07-16

Top class event with top class support !!!!Sussex side of South Downs Way seemed tougher than the Hampshire side,i did the non-stop event and i would do that again!

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01:41 04-07-16

Ran the marathon and it was a very hilly, humbling route. I had been offered other people's opinions on RTTS and RTTK, suggesting they are very expensive for what you get but I have to disagree. The level of support from start to finish, the race tee, medal, food at every water station and at the Ditcham school was superb. The route was exceedingly well marked and I cannot fault it for the challenge it is. My only negative points are the way the marathon is treated. The marathon is the half way point of the race and most were continuing to Winchester to complete the double. There was no photographer capturing those finishing the marathon. You had to go and get your medal from the info tent. There was no goodie bag. And worse still we were stuck there for 3 hours until we could get a ride. The race was great over all and I am looking forward to Stones in a fortnight.

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