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High Weald Challenge Trail Races



Welcome to the High Weald Challenge Trail Races

Trail Half Marathon and 50km Ultra Trail - Sunday 25th September 2016

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Click the ENTER HERE icon to enter the High Weald Challenge online through the SportSystems website.Enter Here


The High Weald Challenge Trail Races follow the long distance paths of the High Weald Landscape Trail, the Vanguard Way and the Wealdway. Both races start and finish in the East Sussex village of Groombridge, and encompass the surrounding beauty of the Sussex countryside en route, with a small venture into the Kent countryside during the last few miles. The courses are approximately 80% 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, and also cross the famous Pooh Sticks Bridge from Winnie the Pooh fame.

Pooh Sticks Bridge Pooh Sticks Bridge

Pooh Sticks Bridge

Video of the 2015 Race

Click HERE to view a video of the 2015 event on the Film My Run Youtube channel.


Date and Start Times

Sunday 25th September 2016

8:00am 50km Ultra Trail

9:15am Trail Half Marathon


Start / Finish Location

Groombridge Village Hall, Station Rd, Groombridge, East Sussex TN3 9QX. Start/Finish location map LINK on Goggle Maps.

Please note that FREE car parking is located within the grounds of Groombridge Place, Groombridge Hill, Groombridge, Kent, TN3 9QG. Please do not park within the village of Groombridge. Thanks.


Car Park Location

Car Park High Weald Challenge


Car Sharing

The High 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 September, the facility to offer and/or request a car share will become available on the website.


The Route

Click HERE for the Routes page to find out more about the route for both trail races, including maps, a road book with a detailed route description, downloadable GPX files, elevation profiles, and videos.

Ashdown Forest Tree Clump

The Distinctive Ashdown Forest Tree 'Clump'

Ashdown Forest

The Ultra Trail Route Travels Alongside the Royal Ashdown Forest Golf Course



All finishers will receive a quality bespoke handmade High Weald Challenge event coffee mug, AND a quality bespoke High Weald Challenge finishers medal.

coffee mugmedal

loads of medals loads of mugs

Quality prizes provided by our race sponsors will be awarded to the first three men and women finishers. In addition the first man and women aged over 50 and over 60 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 race is 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

High Weald Challenge Trail Half Marathon - £26 UKA/TRA affiliated, £28 non-affiliated

High Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail - £41 UKA/TRA affiliated, £43 non-affiliated

Please note: No entries available on the day.

Entries close one week prior to the race, on Sunday 18th September 2016, or once race entry limits are reached. Race entry limit is a total of 450 runners across both races, e.g. Ultra Trail 50km - 225, Trail Half Marathon - 225.


The Entry Fee Includes

A great run along an undulating scenic trail route, following primarily three long distance paths: the Wealdway, the Vanguard Way, and the High Weald Landscape Trail

Accurate race timing

Refreshments at checkpoints

A quality bespoke High Weald Challenge finishers medal

A quality bespoke handmade High Weald Challenge event coffee mug

Complimentary filter coffee or tea following the race, served in the handmade coffee mug

Free car parking within the grounds of Groombridge Place, 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 addition the first man and women aged over 50 and over 60 will also receive a prize.

Winner's Trophies



A selection of photos from the 2016 High Weald Challenge Trail Races


A selection of feedback from the 2016 High Weald Challenge Trail Races

Great race Stuart. Beautiful route. Fantastic friendly atmosphere and Francis's cakes were delicious as always. Thank you to you all for all your hard work. Looking forward to next year already.

My first ever trail half (or any race) thanks for the great experience I’ll be back next year to tackle the 50k ultra.
‎A wonderful HM on Sunday. Well organised, gorgeous course and fantastic coffee and cakes. Thanks to the team and marshals. I will be back.

Great event, the marshals along the route have been lovely and huge thanks to the guys at the finish who looked after me when I felt a bit dizzy and provided me with a huge bottle of coke. Made it save home and will definitely be back next year.

Thank you Stuart and all the volunteers too who made today what it was. I had a cracking 2nd High Weald Challenge 50k.

What an awesome race today at the High Weald....ultra last year half this and really is a beautiful place to run. Lovely people...great marshals...thank you Stuart...see you next year...  fastly becoming my favourite races. Thank you and keep up the good work 

Thanks for putting on an excellent event today, my first with you and look forward to many more! Loved it from start to finish, well organised and marked out, and great countryside views. See you at the Weald Challenge!

Thank you for such a great event!! We really enjoyed yesterday :) xx

I just wanted to say thank you for the considerable time and effort you put in to making the High Weald Ultra such a testing but enjoyable day.  A big thank you to you and your team of helpers, all very encouraging and supportive on the way round. Also some lovely cakes very much enjoyed!

Hi Stuart,  I wanted to say thank you for a phenomenal race yesterday. It was my first ultra and way beyond any distance I have ever done before.

Firstly, many thanks for a great event. Interesting route through great scenery. Well marked & easy to follow. Great feed-stations. Friendly officials. We thoroughly enjoyed it.  Many thanks.

My husband did the half marathon while I did the 50k and we both had a very positive experience.  The aid stations are well spaced (but not too far); the volunteers were cheerful and welcoming when we got to the stations; the "picnic" goodies were very yummy.  There was only one slight hiccup for me on the ultra markings but luckily realised before I went too far off track.  All in all, for my first 50k, a very positive experience and one which I hope to repeat with you again next year. 

Just to say thanks for the weekend - really enjoyed it! I'll definitely be back and will recommend to others. 


A selection of feedback from the 2015 High Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail

Huge thanks to you and your amazing team for a wonderful day - the course was stunning, and the organisation of the event was spot-on... we even saw a herd of deer gallop through the woods in front of us! A truly special day... thank you.

Thanks for a fantastic run, lovely route and glorious scenery. Thanks to everyone involved in the organisation and to all the other runners I chatted to on the way round.

Thank you so much for a fabulous day. Everything was perfect, the organisation, the weather, the route was stunning and had everything I love about trail running, the marshals were all so friendly, the camaraderie and the lovely coffee mug and medal made it extra special.

What an awesome route with fantastic views across the countryside. Definitely not my quickest run but by slowing it down I enjoyed it so much more than if beasting it. Thank you.

Another fab day! Thanks so much! Will put in my diary for next year.

My thanks too for creating such a beautiful route and for organising a really enjoyable race. The printed route directions were fantastic - thanks for making the huge effort in preparing them.

Thanks so much Stuart for organising and creating such a fantastic course. It was my first ultra and what a special one it was. Thanks to all the volunteers that helped to make it such a great day. Look forward to coming back next year.

Wonderful event. Everything was perfect (even the weather for a change) and I love my mug. Will be back next year hopefully. Thanks to all who organised it.

 Many many thanks Stuart and team for such and awesome event. It was my first ultra, it was a spectacular course and I loved every minute of it.


A selection of photos from the 2015 High Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail

Our Supporters

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

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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