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Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail

10-Jun-2018 Chiddingly, East Sussex, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
50KM / 31Miles
1 Day - 275 Runners

Alternate Distances: 21KM/13M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £43 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 £28.

Start times and runners

There are two different start times: 50km Ultra Trail is 8:00am, and Trail Half Marathon, 9:15am.

The total number of runners is limited to 550. So there is a limit of around 275 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.

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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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09:38 12-06-16

This was my first ultra and I was reassured by the detailed and consistent communication about the big day. The organisers really make sure you know everything you need to know to be fully prepared and confident. The event was extremely well-organised on the day, with plenty of helpers and marshals. The route was wonderfully scenic (forests, fields and everything in between) - you can't ask for a more picturesque run. There were 2 key points where markers were absent and lots of us got lost which was annoying and added about an hour to the time. The post-event barbecue was very welcome, as were the prolific snacks at CPs. I totally recommend this race and am signing up for the High Weald Challenge in September. Give it a go in 2017!

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06:37 11-06-16

Great race, great views, great organisation and you get a mug!

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07:26 29-05-16

Think "Expedition" more than a "Race" wise words my fellow Ultra Running friend gave before I signed up. In all fairness he was right. You probably won't break any PBs there but you will see Sussex in all its glory. Beautiful in was.
Although on paper the run reads as pretty flat there are 99 style gates to hop over. Average that at 3ft and times it by 99 you've got an extra 297ft of elevation. Something you may ponder while sitting at home wondering while your glutes and hamstrings are on fire!
The ground was uneven.
Slight understatement as my knees and ankles are so sore from the constant pounding of this terrian. Something to consider. You were undoubtedly looked after,made to feel special and safe at every aid station. May 29th 2016 will always leave a fond memory. I had a great time and an easy 5***** worth it for not only the course but the bespoke mug.

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10:35 27-05-15

A great event...first time in the Ultra but loved it....well organised....lovely handmade mug..... Great cakes...well done Trail Running Sussex.

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07:25 26-05-15

I ran the 50k race in 2014 and again this year (2015). A beautiful route and well marshalled. Great finishers mug instead of another t-shirt.

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