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Welcome to The Langham Hotel Weald Challenge

Trail Half Marathon and 50km Ultra Trail -  Sunday 13th June 2021






This year's Final Details E-mail was kept short and only contained the MOST ESSENTIAL information. Click the link immediately below to read ADDITIONAL useful information which is usually sent out in the Final Details e-mail. Also below are links to the Final Details e-mail and the e-mail sent out 3 weeks ago.

LINK to ADDITIONAL Final Details 2021 NOT Within Brief Email PDF

LINK to Weald Challenge Trail Races 2021 - Final Details E-mail PDF

LINK to Email 3 Weeks to Race Day 2021 PDF


Entries to the 2021 Weald Challenge, Sunday 13th June 2021, opened on Thursday 1st October 2020. Entries for both the half marathon and the 50km ultra have now closed (20/04/21) as we have reached our entry limit and we do not administer a waiting list.

Click the ENTER HERE icon to view the list of entrants on the RaceDirector website, and to check that all of your contact details are correct. Enter Here


PLEASE NOTE: The 2021 edition of the Weald Challenge will be take place within Covid-19 Secure Requirements as specified by UK Athletics. According to the Government's 'Road Map' out of Covid, our race date of 13th June 2021 means that social distancing will still be necessary. Therefore please take a note of the main changes indicated below. If due to the current Government / UK Athletics regulations at the time, e.g. there is a local lock-down, and the event cannot take place, runners will be offered a 100% deferral to a postponed date in 2021, or to the 2022 event. Alternatively, runners can opt for an 80% refund of their entry fee.


Weald Challenge 2018 Trail Half Marathon Start

The Langham Hotel Weald Challenge Trail Races follow the long distance paths of the Wealdway 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 courses are approximately 75% (half marathon) and 85% (ultra) 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.


Videos from Previous Editions of the Weald Challenge

Click HERE to view a video of the 2016 50km Ultra Trail on the Film My Run Youtube channel.

Click HERE to view a video of the 2016 Trail Half Marathon on runner Paul Coe's Youtube channel.


Date and Start Times

Sunday 13th June 2021

There will be staggered wave starts for both race distances.

50km Ultra Trail - Between 8:00am - 8:30am

Trail Half Marathon - Between 9:00am - 9:30am


Start / Finish Location

Chiddingly Primary School, Muddles Green, East Sussex, BN8 6HN. Start/Finish location map LINK on Goggle Maps.


The Route

Click HERE to find out more about the routes for both trail races.

Ashdown Forest Tree Clump

The Distinctive Ashdown Forest Tree 'Clump'



All finishers will receive a quality bespoke handmade Weald Challenge event coffee mug, AND a quality bespoke Weald Challenge half marathon or 50km ultra finishers medal.

Weald Challenge Coffee Mug Weald Challenge MedalWeald Challenge Medal

Quality prizes provided by our race sponsors will be awarded to the first three men and women finishers in both races. In addition the first man and women aged over 50 and over 60 in both races will also receive a prize.


Time Limits

50km Ultra Trail - 8 hours

Trail Half-Marathon - 5 hours


Race Entry

Click the link below to enter online through the RaceDirector website when entries open on 1st October 2020

Enter Here

As the races are sanctioned by UK Athletics (UKA) / Trail Running Association (TRA), there are two entry fees depending upon whether you are a member of a UK Athletics running club / the Trail Running Association.

Entry Fees

Weald Challenge Trail Half Marathon - £31 UKA/TRA affiliated, £33 non-affiliated

Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail - £46 UKA/TRA affiliated, £48 non-affiliated

Please note: No entries available on the day.

Entries close one week prior to the race, on Sunday 6th June 2021, or once race entry limits are reached. Race entry limits are 295 runners for the half marathon, and 270 runners for the 50km ultra.

The Entry Fee Includes

Please note due to Covid-19 Secure Requirements as specified by UK Athletics the planned format for the 2021 event will be different to previous editions, however, we are confident that it will still be a great event, and we will be maintaining the key features that make the race so popular, e.g. an awesome scenic challenging route, extremely friendly supportive atmosphere, the 'Weald Famous' handmade finisher's coffee mug, finisher's medal, and Pharmacie Coffee Roasters environmentally conscious speciality filtered coffee, and delicious homemade organic cakes upon finishing.

A great run along an undulating scenic trail route, following two long distance paths: the Wealdway and the Vanguard Way

Chip race timing

Water ONLY, and NO FOOD WILL BE PROVIDED at checkpoints this year due to Covid-19. ALSO it is a CUPLESS race for both race distances, i.e. for both the 50km ultra and the half marathon. ALL runners must therefore carry a drinking cup or hydration system/bottles if they would like water at checkpoints. All runners must also carry their own provided food / fuel that they wish to consume during the race.

A quality bespoke Weald Challenge finishers medal

A quality bespoke handmade Weald Challenge event coffee mug

Complimentary filter coffee or tea following the race, served in the handmade coffee mug, plus homemade organic cake to enjoy

PLEASE NOTE that upon finishing a ONE-WAY system will be operate, where finishers will collect their finisher's medal and coffee mug, then proceed to the sports hall to receive their filtered coffee and homemade organic cake, BUT UNFORTUNATELY DUE TO UK ATHLETICS COVID-19 REGULATIONS, RUNNERS MUST THEN DISPERSE AND LEAVE THE START/FINISH, RACE HQ VENUE. We appreciate that this UK Athletics requirement is very disappointing, but in order to obtain a UK Athletics race permit, we must adhere to these regulations. Obviously we will be monitoring the Covid-19 situation and if social distancing regulations specified by the Government / UK Athletics change, and does not require the above, there will then be no need to implement it.

Free car parking within a field adjacent to race registration and the race start / finish

A 15% discount (with a minimum spend of £50) on all of their products at the Lets Run Store

First aid and medical cover

Event insurance

Online entry charges included

Quality prizes provided by our race sponsors awarded to the first three men and women finishers in both races. In addition the first man and women aged over 50 and over 60 in both races will also receive a prize.

Unfortunatley due to runners having to disperse upon finishing, we will not be holding prize-givings for the races. Trophies and prizes will therefore be sent to prize winners following the event.

Winner's Trophies


A selection of feedback from previous Weald Challenge Trail Races

"Thanks for organising the Weald Marathon.  It was the best Marathon I have ever done.  Looking forward to WC 2015.  RICHIE.  PS. I HAVE COMPLETED OVER 100 MARATHONS"

"This is the first marathon that my wife Caz and I have attempted. I am so pleased it was the first Weald Challenge. It was a fantastic day, it was hard, but so rewarding. The support station volunteers were warm, welcoming and friendly. Thank you everyone involved. The Weald Challenge will now hold a special place in my heart. An experience that I will never forget!", Jason

"Thanks Stuart and team for a great day. I rolled my ankle twice, got shocked by an electric fence, fell over, got lost twice and put my hand in a massive bird poo on a stile...but I loved every minute. I'll never forget my first ultra! Love the mug too, great prize, look forward to the medal too. See you next year!", Chris

"Thank you very much. It was my first Half Marathon, I loved it and the Race was Absolutely Wonderful. I wish to entry next year on Marathon Race. The coffee cup very nice and the food, the organisation everything very positive. Muchas Gracias", Jesus

"Once again thanks for making my first trail half marathon such a good experience; it has spurred me on to seek out further such events." Trevor

"Brilliant race again today, loving the mug this year. Defo be back for next year.", Justine

"I would like to give a big thank you to you & all the volunteers & helpers that made the event on Sunday such an enjoyable one, this was my first marathon & to say I was nervous before hand would be an understatement but everyone was so cheery & enthusiastic, it really did help us go the extra mile, none more so than the fantastically cheerful young lady who helped on the last checkpoint, we had a really good laugh & she  really helped lift my spirits for the final push, so once again thank you for all your hard work.", Andy

"A massive thank you for putting on a great event on Sunday.  I haven't enjoyed an event as much as that in a long time.  The course was stunning. I will be returning next year for sure. Many thanks to you and all the volunteers for a great day out in the countryside and I look forward to seeing you in September.", Gemma.

To view loads more of the comments that have been left on facebook, clicking THIS LINK should hopefully work.


A few photos from previous Weald Challenge Trail Races

"This is me and my son!  The Weald Challenge was my first ever half marathon and I don't think I could have picked better if I'd tried! Thank you all so much x" Laura


Our Supporters

We are proud that our race is associated with the following supporters.

The Langham Hotel, a fine Eastbourne establishment which was Eastbourne’s first AA 4 star hotel, is owned by the Kirby family who are active trail runners.  Due to their involvement in trail running, and with Neil thoroughly enjoying his runs in the Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail, the Langham Hotel are offering rooms to Weald Challenge runners at discount rates. Please call them directly on 01323 731451 if you wish to enquire.

Pharmacie Coffee Roasters is an independent micro-roaster based in Brighton. Pharmacie Coffee Roasters is an environmentally conscious speciality coffee roaster sourcing source high grade arabica coffee beans ethically and roasting them carefully. They provide subscriptions of filter or espresso roast single origin coffees, chosen by their Head Roaster & delivered direct to your home, office or studio door when you need it!  Pharmacie Coffee Roasters provide the complimentary coffee to all finishers at the Weald Challenge Trail Races.

The Lets Run Store is a dedicated online retail store for the Ultra & Trail running community. Born out of a passion of running and the obsession for the right kit The Lets Run Store should be your No1 choice. The Lets Run Store offers a 15% discount (with a minimum spend of £50) to all Weald Challenge runners on all products within their online retail store. The discount can be used from the moment you enter the Weald Challenge race. Included within your race entry confirmation e-mail will be the discount code to receive the discount from the The Lets Run Store.

Montane® - The leading brand of lightweight, multisport, endurance mountain gear. Montane® has become synonymous with lightweight and breathable clothing, and is therefore the ideal clothing for trail running. Race director and trail runner Stuart Mills recommends Montane clothing for trail running, especially the Slipstream GL Jacket - the World's Lightest Windproof Jacket, for those days when the weather looks okay when you start your run, but you just aren't sure!

TORQ provide a highly developed range of performance nutrition products, including TORQ bars and gels. TORQ have uncompromising standards, and absolutely refuse to use ingredients that are not derived from a NATURAL source, or don’t naturally occur within the human body. TORQ bars are delicious, moist and chewy, and packed with usable carbohydrate. The texture of the TORQ gel is light and syrupy, and the flavours of the gels are sensational. 

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