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Weald Challenge Trail Races - Route Details

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), both available to runners at registration and prior to the race via download, are therefore likely to be required.

 

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.

 

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.

 

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. Printed A5 double sided Map Book booklets will 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

 

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. Printed A5 double sided booklets will 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

 

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 Ultra Trail 50km Race Route within Google Maps click HERE

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

 

Ultra Trail 50km - Leg / Checkpoint Details

The Ultra Trail 50km (31.6 mile) route has five checkpoints located at the following distances: CP1 at 11.0 km (6.8 miles), CP2 at 21.1 km (13.1 miles), CP3 at 29.0 km (18.0 miles), CP4 at 40.0 km (24.8 miles), and CP5 at 45.1 km (28.0 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 = 11.0 km (6.8 miles)

Leg 2: CP1 to CP2 = 10.1 km (6.3 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 CP5 = 5.1 km (3.2 miles)

Leg 6 CP5 to Finish = 5.7 km (3.6 miles)

The 50km Ultra Trail (31.6 mile) 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)

To view the Ultra Trail 50km Race Route within Google Maps click HERE

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

For the 2017 race the 50km Ultra Trail route will follow the same small diversion as used for all of the three previous years' races, commencing at 18.9 miles due to the Vanguard Way being officially closed, as the result of a washed out bridge. The diversion is illustrated on the map below and travels along footpaths for 1.1 miles before rejoining the Vanguard Way at High Hurstwood. As it is looking that it could be a few years for the bridge to be repaired, the checkpoint race distances have been corrected taking into account this diversion.

Weald Challenge Ultra Route Diversion

For the 2017 race the 50km Ultra Trail route will follow a second diversion as used for the 2015 and 2016 races, commencing at 8.3 miles due to the Wealdway being officially closed, as the result of unsafe wooden steps near the railway line crossing. The diversion is illustrated on the map below and travels along footpaths for 0.9 miles before rejoining the Wealdway in Buxted Park. As it is looking that it could be a few years for the wooden steps to be repaired, the checkpoint race distances have been corrected taking into account this diversion.

Weald Challenge Ultra Route Diversion

 

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

 

 

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.

 

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. The printed two page A4 map of the Trail Half Marathon race route will 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

 

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. Printed A5 double sided booklets will 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

 

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 the Trail Half Marathon Race Route within Google Maps click HERE

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

 

Trail Half Marathon- Leg / Checkpoint Details

The Trail Half Marathon (13.6 mile) route has two checkpoints located at the following distances: CP1 at 6.8 miles, and CP2 at 10.0 miles.

The distances of each leg are as follows:

Leg 1: Start to CP1 = 6.8 miles

Leg 2: CP1 to CP2 = 3.2 miles

Leg 3: CP2 to Finish = 3.6 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)

To view the Trail Half Marathon Race Route within Google Maps click HERE

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.

 

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.  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.

SCOTT Sports has enjoyed much success with the Kinabalu trail shoe.

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.

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