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Weald Challenge Trail Races



Welcome to the Weald Challenge Trail Races

Trail Half Marathon and 50km Ultra Trail - Sunday 28th May 2017

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ONLINE ENTRIES ARE SCHEDULED TO OPEN THIS COMING SATURDAY, 1st OCTOBER. Once open, click the ENTER HERE icon to enter the Weald Challenge online through the SportSystems website.Enter Here


The 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.


Video of the 2016 Race

Click HERE to view a video of the 2016 event on the Film My Run Youtube channel.


Date and Start Times

Sunday 28th May 2017

8:00am 50km Ultra Trail

9:15am Trail Half Marathon


Start / Finish Location

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


Car Sharing

The Weald Challenge Trail Races are part of the car sharing scheme, specifically set up for runners to car share to running races. Closer to the date of the race, approximately at the start of May, the facility to offer and/or request a car share will become available on the website.


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 finishers medal.

Weald Challenge Coffee Mug Weald 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 SportSystems website.

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 - £27 UKA/TRA affiliated, £29 non-affiliated

Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail - £42 UKA/TRA affiliated, £44 non-affiliated

Please note: No entries available on the day.

Entries close one week prior to the race, on Sunday 21st May 2017, or once race entry limits are reached. Race entry limit is a total of 275 runners for each race.

The Entry Fee Includes

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

New for 2017, chip race timing

Refreshments at checkpoints

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

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

A 10% discount on all of their already discounted products at The Ultra Runner 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.

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 the 2016 Weald Challenge Trail Races


A few photos from the 2014 & 2015 Weald Challenge Trail Races




Our Supporters

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

Taylor St Baristas cafés are located in London and Brighton. Whenever you pop into a Taylor St café, you can rest assured you’re going to get a truly good cup of coffee.  Every cup of Taylor St coffee is prepared by highly qualified baristas, (A person who is specially trained in the making and serving of coffee drinks).  Like a chef's, the barista’s knowledge, skills and techniques critically affect the quality of the product they are preparing.  Taylor St Baristas provide the complimentary coffee to all finishers at the Weald Challenge Trail Races.

The Ultra Runner 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 Ultra Runner Store should be your No1 choice. The Ultra Runner Store offers a 10% discount to all Weald Challenge runners on all products within their online retail store. The discount can be used from the moment you enter any of the Weald Challenge races. Included within your race entry confirmation e-mail will be the discount code to receive the discount from the The Ultra Runner 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!

SCOTT Sport's high-end bike, wintersport, motosport, outdoor and running products showcase their passion for sports and the great outdoors. INNOVATION - TECHNOLOGY – DESIGN is the essence behind all SCOTT products and the vision of their engineers and designers. SCOTT Sports has enjoyed much success with the Kinabalu trail shoe.

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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