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Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail

13-Jun-2021 Chiddingly, East Sussex, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
50KM / 31Miles
1 Day - 295 Runners

Alternate Distances: 21KM/13M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £46 GBP

The Weald Challenge Trail Races follow the long distance paths of the Weald Way and the Vanguard Way. Both races start and finish in the village of Chiddingly and encompass the surrounding beauty of the Sussex countryside en route.

The course

The courses are approximately 75% (trail half marathon) or 85% (50km ultra trail) off-road, and as the runners travel along the picturesque and undulating routes, they will take in a great variety of landscapes containing rolling hills, irregular shaped fields and ancient woodlands.

Runners participating in the 50km Ultra Trail race will experience the added bonus of the spectacular views from the open heathland of the Ashdown Forest.


Please note that the entry cost listed alongside is for the 50km Ultra Trail. The Trail Half Marathon has an entry fee of £31.

Start times and runners

If Covid-19 restrictions are still required, we will be impllementing a staggered start for both race distances.  There are two different staggered start times: 50km Ultra Trail is 8:00am - 8:30am, and Trail Half Marathon is 9:00am - 9:30am.

There is a limit of 295 runners per race distance.



Event Organiser
Stuart Mills



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.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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09:48 23-09-18

Great run, really well signed despite warnings that it might not be. Must have stepped over 100 kissing gates/fences. Good selection of woods and open fields, and a nice turn around in Ashdown forest. The free mug at the end was worth the effort! It's great (although you can just run the 1/2 marathon and get the same mug). The free coffee at the end was delicious but the food selection at food stops was a bit weak. Sweets and biscuits doesn't really cut it after 5 hours! But that's my only negative. Will definitely run again in 2019.

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02:13 13-06-18

This was my second year of running the Weald Challenge, it was brilliant, everyone was super friendly again, the course was very well marked, the aid stations and volunteers were amazing. Good choice of foods at stations including plenty of gels. The middle section approx 18 miles is very challenging then the back stretch opens up for some fast running. Knocked an hour of last years time so I'm well happy. Will be signing up for next year soon as registrations opens. Highly recommended don't let this event pass you by next year...

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09:29 11-06-18

Great course and a lovely bunch. The aid stations could do with a refresh and stocking up as they were running out of everything for the slower runners. A fab day out. Very good people and very well marked out. The mug is awesome too

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10:47 11-06-18

One of the best I've done. Feed stations at the right intervals and well stocked, good signposted and beautiful scenery. Thanks to the volunteers who were great.

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09:39 10-06-18

2018 race. Great organisation. Low key, friendly race. Plenty of well provisioned aid stations with friendly, helpful volunteers. Quality BBQ at finish plus free coffee and cake. Scenic run through Sussex countryside. Will run it again.

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08:42 19-11-17

I ran this in 2017 with a group of us from the Isle of Man. We camped in a lovley quiet campsite a short walk from the start line (and pub!). The run is mixture of roads and paths and on the day I ran it, very warm so the shade of the wooded sections was most welcome. The service was excellent and I didn't bother carrying fluids or food, such was the regualrity of the stops. I turned my nose up at the 'flat cola' to start with, but necking it by the cupful towards the end. Once finished, it was great to sit outside the pub and watch the rest of the runners coming in. Great atmosphere!

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05:59 15-06-16

Great event and a beautiful course. Fantastic atmosphere and wonderfully friendly support at the aid stations. With lots of running through fields, plenty of stiles to negotiate, and a total elevation of more than 800m (according to my watch) this is not one to beat your 50km PB. It was my first Weald Challenge (2016) and I would certainly recommend it to anyone who loves the trails. For those aiming not to get lost, I would also recommend adding the route to your watch. I would most definitely have taken a few wrong turns without this little help.

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08:03 12-06-16

A must for next year and defo plan a return to the High Weald Challenge later this year. Very well organised, clear easy parking, registration & number pick up - on time 8am start, the first mile or two on country lanes - then trail proper. This is a tough 30k reflected in the 8 hour cut off, difficult terrain in parts, quite technical, undulating sharp uphills & some steep down on technical trails - makes the miles go quickly. Good CP's with friendly marshals and plenty of then - great on a hot day, lots & lots of stiles. Nice finish with medal & hand crafted mug - food & tea/coffee for runners - excellent value for money. Have to add really friendly fellow runners - in the diary for 2017 for sure !

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11:21 12-06-16

Very well organised event, with good signage and well manned c/ps. A tad too much road for me, but all in all a good event. Would probably do it again, if my travels from Coventry take me south.

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