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Weald Challenge Trail Races - Route Details

 

THE 2021 WEALD CHALLENGE ROUTE WILL HAVE FOUR MINOR CHANGES IN ORDER TO BE COVID-19 SECURE AND ALSO DUE TO A FOOTPATH CLOSURE NEAR UCKFIELD ON THE ULTRA ROUTE.

The GPX files which are available to download below have NOT been updated, and therefore do NOT incorporate these four minor route changes.

ALSO due to UKAthletics Covid-19 Secure Principles, their guidance on the use of course water stations indicates that for Half Marathons there should be only ONE Water Station, The water station at CP2 for the half marathon / CP5 for the ultra WILL NOT therefore be provided in 2021.

The changes to the routes for 2021 increases the overall route distances.

The half marathon distance increases by 0.3 miles from the usual 13.6 miles (21.8km) to 13.9 miles (22.4km)

The ultra trail distance increases by 1.5km from the usual 50.8km (31.6 miles) to 52.3km (32.5 miles)

 

The Weald Challenge Trail Races follow the long distance paths of the Wealdway and the Vanguard Way.

As the two long distance paths travel through East Sussex, the two paths run parallel in a northwards direction, not too far apart, with the two paths meeting at three points; Chiddingly, Blackboys, and the Ashdown Forest. The Weald Challenge Trail Races therefore take advantage of these three meeting points, resulting in the perfect distances for the 50km Ultra Trail and the Trail Half Marathon. It was as if the Weald Challenge Trail Races were just 'meant to be'!

The start for both races is at Chiddingly. The half marathon route heads north along the Wealdway to the meeting point at Blackboys, then returns south along the Vanguard Way back to Chiddingly. The 50km ultra trail route heads north along the Wealdway, all the way into the spectacular Ashdown Forest to the third meeting point within the Ashdown Forest, then returns south along the Vanguard Way back to Chiddingly.

The race routes are approximately 75% (trail half marathon ) - 85% (50km ultra trail) off-road.

 

Start / Finish Location

Both races start and finish in the village of Chiddingly and encompass the surrounding beauty of the Sussex countryside en route.

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

Start Location Map

The Half Marathon Route Will Be Marked. The Middle Portion of the 50km Ultra Route Will Only Be Marked With Additional Race Route Markings At Key Points.

The entire route for the 50km Ultra Trail and the Trail Half Marathon races follow the waymarked Wealdway heading north on the way out, and the waymarked Vanguard Way heading south on the return journey to the finish at Chiddingly. For the half marathon, in addition to the waymarked fingerposts, race markings will be provided where it is not clearly obvious where the route goes. Therefore, although not guaranteed as it is not possible to control the actions of cows (that covered the view of a race arrow in 2015), or the actions of people (non-runners who deliberately removed a direction arrow in 2015), but it is hoped that the half marathon route will not require the use of the map available at registration. For the 50km ultra trail, there will be very minimal additional race markings on the section of the route which is not shared with the half marathon route, i.e. the middle 18 miles from 6.8 miles to 24.8 miles. The map booklet and the detailed route description booklet (road book) are therefore likely to be required for the middle portions of the 50km ultra route. FOR 2021 these booklets WILL NOT BE AVAILABLE ON THE DAY. If runners wish to use them to help navigation on race day then THEY MUST DOWNLOAD the booklets PRIOR to race day.

 

Downloadable GPX files can be found for the 50km ultra and half marathon routes by clicking the following Good Run Guide links:

To download a GPX file of the 50km Ultra Trail route click the following link to Good Run Guide, and then click GPS Download.

To download a GPX file of the Trail Half Marathon route click the following link to Good Run Guide, and then click GPS Download.

NOTE: These GPX files HAVE NOT been updated for 2021, and therefore do NOT incorporate the minor route changes in 2021. There will be clear race day signage on the race route clearly indicating the minor route changes for 2021.

 

Ultra Trail 50km

Map of the 50km Ultra Trail Route

Click HERE for a jpeg image file of the race route as a single map. This file is quite large (10.7 MB) as it is uncompressed so the necessary map detail is still visible.

NOTE: This MAP HAS NOT been updated for 2021, and therefore does NOT incorporate the minor route changes in 2021. There will be clear race day signage on the race route clearly indicating the minor route changes for 2021.

 

FOUR Minor Route Changes to the 50km Ultra Trail Route for 2021

Route Change 1: The race start for both the 50km ultra and the half marathon for 2021 will be at Chiddingly Primary School. This route change adds 210 metres to both race routes.

 

Route Change 2: ONLY affects the 50km ultra route. Near Uckfield due to official footpath closure as the wooden steps down to the railway line are being maintained. This route change adds 850 metres to only the 50km ultra route.

 

Route Change 3: Affects both the 50km ultra and half marathon routes for 2021. Near Blackboys, immediately upon departing CP1/4 due to the usual footpath being very narrow for a significant distance. This route change adds 140 metres to both race routes.

 

Route Change 4: Affects both the 50km ultra and half marathon routes for 2021. Near Chiddingly finish due to the usual footpath being very narrow for a significant distance. This route change adds 270 metres to both race routes.

 

Flyover Video of the 50km Ultra Trail Route

Click HERE or the image below to view a flyover video of the 50km ultra trail race route.

 

Map Book of the 50km Ultra Trail Route

In additional to the large jpeg image file of the race route as a single map, a twelve page map booklet of the 50km Ultra Trail race route is available to download and for runners to print in advance of race day, by clicking the following links. The Map Book is available in two formats, either a word document file or a PDF file. The Map Book is available in A5 size, either to be printed single sided, or double sided to produce an A5 booklet. For 2021 printed A5 double sided Map Book booklets will NOT be available to runners on the morning of the race at race registration at Chiddingly Primary School. Please note, the Word Document files are quite large.

A5 Map Book Single Sided Printing - Word Document File (31.2MB) - Click HERE

A5 Map Book Single Sided Printing - PDF File (5.3MB) - Click HERE

A5 Map Book Double Sided Booklet Printing - Word Document File (31.6MB) - Click HERE

A5 Map Book Double Sided Booklet Printing - PDF File (5.3MB) - Click HERE

NOTE: The MAP BOOKS HAVE NOT been updated for 2021, and therefore does NOT incorporate the minor route changes in 2021. There will be clear race day signage on the race route clearly indicating the minor route changes for 2021.

50km Ultra Trail Road Book - Detailed Description of the Route

In additional to the maps of the route, a detailed 'Road Book' with clear descriptions of the race route is available to download and for runners to print in advance of race day, by clicking the following links. The Road Book is available in two formats, either a word document file or a PDF file. The Road Book is available in A5 size, either to be printed single sided, or double sided to produce an A5 booklet. For 2021, printed A5 double sided booklets will NOT be available to runners on the morning of the race at race registration at Chiddingly Primary School.

A5 Road Book Single Sided Printing - Word Document File - Click HERE

A5 Road Book Single Sided Printing - PDF File - Click HERE

A5 Road Book Double Sided Booklet Printing - Word Document File - Click HERE

A5 Road Book Double Sided Booklet Printing - PDF File - Click HERE

NOTE: The ROAD BOOKS HAVE NOT been updated for 2021, and therefore does NOT incorporate the minor route changes in 2021. There will be clear race day signage on the race route clearly indicating the minor route changes for 2021.

GPX File of the Route / View the Route within Google Maps

To download a GPX file of the 50km Ultra Trail route click the following link to Good Run Guide, and then click GPS Download.

To view the 50km UltraTrail Race Route within Google Maps on the Ride With GPS website which also displays the elevation as you scroll along the route click HERE

NOTE: The GPX files HAVE NOT been updated for 2021, and therefore do NOT incorporate the minor route changes in 2021. There will be clear race day signage on the race route clearly indicating the minor route changes for 2021.

Ultra Trail 50km - Leg / Checkpoint Details

The Ultra Trail 50km (32.5 mile for 2021) route has FOUR checkpoints for 2021 located at the following distances: CP1 at 11.1 km (6.9 miles), CP2 at 22.2 km (13.8 miles), CP3 at 30.1 km (18.7 miles) and CP4 at 41.1 km (25.5 miles). Note, CP1 and CP4 are at the same location where the going out and return routes cover the same ground for 150 metres.

The distances of each leg are as follows:

Leg 1: Start to CP1 = 11.1 km (6.9 miles)

Leg 2: CP1 to CP2 = 11.1 km (6.9 miles)

Leg 3: CP2 to CP3 = 7.9 km (4.9 miles)

Leg 4: CP3 to CP4 = 11.0 km (6.8 miles)

Leg 5 CP4 to Finish = 11.3 km (7.0 miles)

The 50km Ultra Trail (32.5 mile for 2021) route follows the Wealdway all the way up to the summit of the Ashdown Forest. Aprroximately 25 metres after crossing the B2026 at 16.1 miles, the ultra trail route turns a sharp right to join and follow the Vanguard Way back to the finish. The route starts with 0.75 miles along a quiet country lane, which will help spread out the field, before the race route continues along bridleways and footpaths. The final 0.55 miles also travels along the quiet country lane back to Race HQ at Chiddingly Primary School. The ultra trail race route, apart from the section of road at the start and finish, has a road total of 4.9 miles. These sections of road are small (0.1 - 0.3 miles), as the route passes through local villages, i.e. East Hoathly, Blackboys, High Hurstwood, and along quiet lanes joining fields, apart from a longer section of road following the Vanguard Way (1.2 miles), on the return to the finish as the route passes through the final checkpoint at 28.2 miles.

Weald Challenge Ultra Trail 50km Race Route (One Clockwise Circuit)

Weald Challenge Ultra Trail 50km Elevation Profile (Total Elevation Gain = 712 metres)

The 50km Ultra Trail route USUALLY follows the Wealdway and the Vanguard Way long distance footpaths apart from one small diversion near Uckfiled. This one diversion has been used for all editions of our Weald Challange Trail Races except the first edition in 2014.

The USUAL diversion away from the Wealdway which the race route uses is illustrated on the map below.

Weald Challenge Ultra Route Diversion

 

To download a GPX file of the 50km Ultra Trail route (which includes these two race route diversions away from the Wealdway / Vanguard Way) click the following link to Good Run Guide, and then click GPS Download.

NOTE: The GPX files HAVE NOT been updated for 2021, and therefore do NOT incorporate the minor route changes in 2021. There will be clear race day signage on the race route clearly indicating the minor route changes for 2021.

 

 

Trail Half Marathon

Map of the Trail Half MarathonRoute

Click HERE for a jpeg image file of the half marathon race route as a single map. This file is reasonably large (4.6 MB) as it is uncompressed so the necessary map detail is still visible.

NOTE: This MAP HAS NOT been updated for 2021, and therefore does NOT incorporate the minor route changes in 2021. There will be clear race day signage on the race route clearly indicating the minor route changes for 2021.

 

THREE Minor Route Changes to the Trail Half MarathonRoute for 2021

Route Change 1: The race start for both the 50km ultra and the half marathon for 2021 will be at Chiddingly Primary School. This route change adds 210 metres to both race routes.

 

Route Change 2: Affects both the 50km ultra and half marathon routes for 2021. Near Blackboys, immediately upon departing CP1/4 due to the usual footpath being very narrow for a significant distance. This route change adds 140 metres to both race routes.

 

Route Change 3: Affects both the 50km ultra and half marathon routes for 2021. Near Chiddingly finish due to the usual footpath being very narrow for a significant distance. This route change adds 270 metres to both race routes.

 

Flyover Video of the Trail Half MarathonRoute

Click HERE or the image below to view a flyover video of the half marathon race route.

 

Two Page A4 Map of the Trail Half Marathon Route

In additional to the large jpeg image file of the race route as a single map, a two page A4 map of the Trail Half Marathon race route is available to download and for runners to print in advance of race day, by clicking the following links. The two page A4 map is available in two formats, either a word document file or a PDF file. For 2021, the printed two page A4 map of the Trail Half Marathon race route will NOT be available to runners on the morning of the race at race registration at Chiddingly Primary School. Please note, the Word Document file is reasonably large.

A4 Map of the Trail Half Marathon race route - Word Document File (9.8MB) - Click HERE

A4 Map of the Trail Half Marathon race route - PDF File - Click HERE

NOTE: The A4 MAPS HAVE NOT been updated for 2021, and therefore does NOT incorporate the minor route changes in 2021. There will be clear race day signage on the race route clearly indicating the minor route changes for 2021.

Trail Half Marathon Road Book - Detailed Description of the Route

In additional to the maps of the route, a detailed 'Road Book' with clear descriptions of the race route is available to download and for runners to print in advance of race day, by clicking the following links. The Road Book is available in two formats, either a word document file or a PDF file. The Road Book is available in A5 size, either to be printed single sided, or double sided to produce an A5 booklet. For 2021, printed A5 double sided booklets will NOT be available to runners on the morning of the race at race registration at Chiddingly Primary School.

A5 Road Book Single Sided Printing - Word Document File - Click HERE

A5 Road Book Single Sided Printing - PDF File - Click HERE

A5 Road Book Double Sided Booklet Printing - Word Document File - Click HERE

A5 Road Book Double Sided Booklet Printing - PDF File - Click HERE

NOTE: The ROAD BOOKS HAVE NOT been updated for 2021, and therefore does NOT incorporate the minor route changes in 2021. There will be clear race day signage on the race route clearly indicating the minor route changes for 2021.

GPX File of the Route / View the Route within Google Maps

To download a GPX file of the Trail Half Marathon route click the following link to Good Run Guide, and then click GPS Download.

To view theTrail Half Marathon Race Route within Google Maps on the Ride With GPS website which also displays the elevation as you scroll along the route click HERE

NOTE: The GPX files HAVE NOT been updated for 2021, and therefore do NOT incorporate the minor route changes in 2021. There will be clear race day signage on the race route clearly indicating the minor route changes for 2021.

 

Trail Half Marathon- Leg / Checkpoint Details

The Trail Half Marathon (FOR 2021 = 13.9 mile) route FOR 2021 ONLY HAS ONE checkpoint located at the following distance: CP1 at 6.8 miles.

The distances of each leg are as follows:

Leg 1: Start to CP1 = 6.9 miles

Leg 2: CP1 to Finish = 7.0 miles

The Trail Half Marathon (13.6 mile) route follows the Wealdway to CP1, and then follows the Vanguard Way back to the finish. The route starts with 0.75 miles along a quiet country lane, which will help spread out the field, before the race route continues along bridleways and footpaths. The final 0.55 miles also travels along the quiet country lane back to Race HQ at Chiddingly Primary School. The half marathon race route, apart from the section of road at the start and finish, has a road total of 2.8 miles. These sections of road are small (0.1 - 0.3 miles), as the route passes through local villages, i.e. East Hoathly, Blackboys, and along quiet lanes joining fields, apart from one longer section of road following the Vanguard Way (1.2 miles), on the return to the finish as the route passes through the final checkpoint at 10.2 miles.

 

Half Marathon race Route

Trail Half Marathon Race Route

Weald Challenge Trail Half Marathon Race Route (One Clockwise Circuit)

 

Weald Challenge Half Marathon Elevation Profile

Weald Challenge Trail Half Marathon Elevation Profile (Total Elevation Gain = 234 metres)

To download a GPX file of the Trail Half Marathon route click the following link to Good Run Guide, and then click GPS Download.

NOTE: The GPX files HAVE NOT been updated for 2021, and therefore do NOT incorporate the minor route changes in 2021. There will be clear race day signage on the race route clearly indicating the minor route changes for 2021.

 

Our Supporters

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

Pharmacie Coffee Roasters is an independent micro-roaster based in Brighton. Pharmacie Coffee Roasters provide subscriptions of filter or espresso roast single origin coffees 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.

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.

TORQ provide a highly developed range of performance nutrition products, including TORQ bars and gels.

The Langham Hotel, which was Eastbourne’s first AA 4 star hotel, is owned by the Kirby family who are active trail runners. Please call them directly on 01323 731451 if you wish to enquire about the B&B room discount they offer to Weald Challenge runners.

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