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High Weald Challenge Race Route Details

 

 

The High Weald Challenge Trail Races - Route Details

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.

Both routes encompasse the surrounding beauty of the Sussex countryside en route, with a small venture into the Kent countryside during the last few miles. The course is 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 Trail Marathon and 50km Ultra Trail races 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.

The half marathon route firstly heads south then west along the High Weald Landscape Trail to the first checkpoint where it meets the Wealdway at Withyham Church. The half marathon route then returns north along the Wealdway, entering into Kent before heading east to join the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk to head south back to the finish at Groombridge village hall.

The ultra route firstly heads south then west along the High Weald Landscape Trail to the first checkpoint where it meets the Wealdway at Withyham Church. The ultra route then continues further south along the Wealdway into the spectacular Ashdown Forest reaching the summit with it's open heathland. At the summit the route heads north along the Vanguard Way, taking a detour to cross the famous Pooh Sticks Bridge, before arriving at checkpoint two. The route then veers west to rejoin the Vanguard Way, then heads further north towards Forest Row. After passing through Forest Row, the route meets the High Weald Landscape Trail, which is then followed east all the way back to the Withyham Church checkpoint. The route next continues north along the Wealdway, entering into Kent before meeting the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk at Speldhurst, then finally heads south along the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk back to the finish at Groombridge village hall.

Although reading the above description is a bit of a 'mouthful'. Both routes on the whole simply follow waymarked long distance footpaths.

 

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.

 

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 majority of the route for the Ultra Trail 50km race follows the waymarked High Weald Landscape Trail, Vanguard Way and Wealdway. The majority of the route for the Trail Half Marathon race follows the waymarked High Weald Landscape Trail and Wealdway. The final few miles of both routes follow the Tunbridge Wells Circular Walk to the finish at Groombridge Village Hall.

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 others (non-runners deliberately removed a direction arrow in 2015 Weald Challenge), 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 16.7 miles from 5.4 miles to 22.1 miles. The map booklet and the route description booklet, both available to runners at registration and prior to the race via download, is therefore likely to be required. In addition to the waymarked fingerposts, race markings will only be provided in certain places where the route is not on one of the three long distance footpaths that has unique way marked footpath discs.

 

Downloadable GPX files can be found for the 50km ultra trail and trail half marthon 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 50km ultra race route as a single map. This file is quite large (13.5 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 nine page 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 Groombridge Village Hall. Please note, the Word Document Files are quite large.

A5 Map Book Single Sided Printing - Word Document File (27.0MB) - Click HERE

A5 Map Book Single Sided Printing - PDF File (1.1MB) - Click HERE

A5 Map Book Double Sided Booklet Printing - Word Document File (25.9MB) - Click HERE

A5 Map Book Double Sided Booklet Printing - PDF File (1.1MB) - Click HERE

 

50km Ultra Trail Road Book Describing 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 A4 size, which also contain photos at key points along the route. The Road Book, without photos is also 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 Groombridge Village Hall. Please note, the A4 Road Book with Photos Word Document File is quite large.

A4 Road Book with Photos - Word Document File (41.4MB)- Click HERE

A4 Road Book with Photos - PDF File (3.2MB) - Click HERE

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

 

Video of 50km Ultra Trail Road Book Audio Notes and Photos Along the Route

Clicking the video clip links below, take you to Youtube videos that contain an audio recording of notes that race director Stuart Mills made when running the High Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail route in order to produce the detailed Road Book which describe the route. The audio was also used to make a note of places along the route where more official way-marker signs were needed.

Stuart Mills then thought it may be useful to produce a video combining the audio notes with the photos that Rick a fellow ultra runner took, as they ran the race route. The audio commentary isn't very 'exciting', but hopefully the information within the audio and the accompanying photos will be additonal useful information in preparation for the High Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail. There are six videos in total. One video for each of the six legs. Please note that for 2016 the finish has moved to the field adjacent to Groombridge Village Hall, and not amongst the giant rewoods as shown within the video.

To view the Leg 1 Road Book Audio Notes and Photos Video - Click HERE

To view the Leg 2 Road Book Audio Notes and Photos Video - Click HERE

To view the Leg 3 Road Book Audio Notes and Photos Video - Click HERE

To view the Leg 4 Road Book Audio Notes and Photos Video - Click HERE

To view the Leg 5 Road Book Audio Notes and Photos Video - Click HERE

To view the Leg 6 Road Book Audio Notes and Photos Video - Click HERE

 

GPX File of the Route / View the Route within Google Maps / Google Earth Flyover Video

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

Also, a Google Earth flyover video of the route has been produced and is available to view on YouTube by clicking HERE.

 

Ultra Trail 50km - Leg / Checkpoint Details

The Ultra Trail 50km (31.1 mile) route has five checkpoints located at the following distances: CP1 at 8.7 km (5.4 miles), CP2 at 19.5 km (12.1 miles), CP3 at 27.0 km (16.8 miles), CP4 at 35.9 km (22.3 miles), and CP5 at 44.0 km (27.3 miles). Note, CP1 and CP4 are at the same location where the going out and return routes cover the same ground for 300 metres.

The distances of each leg are as follows:

Leg 1: Start to CP1 = 8.7 km (5.4 miles)

Leg 2: CP1 to CP2 = 10.8 km (6.7 miles)

Leg 3: CP2 to CP3 = 7.5 km (4.7 miles)

Leg 4: CP3 to CP4 = 8.9 km (5.5 miles)

Leg 5 CP4 to CP5 = 8.1 km (5.0 miles)

Leg 6 CP5 to Finish = 6.0 km (3.8 miles)

HWC Checkpoint Table

The 50km Ultra Trail (31.1 mile) route starts with 0.6 miles along a quiet village street, which will help spread out the field, before the race route continues along bridleways and footpaths of the High Weald Landscape Trail. The ultra trail race route, apart from the section of road at the start, has a road total of 5.5 miles. These sections of road are small (0.1 - 0.4 miles) as the route passes through villages and along quiet lanes joining fields, apart from two longer sections of private road: following the High Weald Landscape Trail (0.7 miles) and the Wealdway (1.2 miles) immediately before and after checkpoint 1.

Marathon Map

 

Marathon Map

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

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 Elevation Profile

High Weald Challenge Ultra Trail 50km Elevation Profile (Total Elevation Gain = 752 metres)

Or for those of you that like to measure elevation in feet

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 Marathon Route

Click HERE for a jpeg image file of the half marathon race route as a single map. This file is quite large (5.3 MB) as it is uncompressed so the necessary map detail is still visible.

 

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 quite large.

A4 Map of the Trail Half Marathon race route - Word Document File (16.4MB) - Click HERE

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

 

Trail Half Marathon Road Book Describing 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 Groombridge Village Hall.

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 Trail Half Marathon 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 the Trail 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 (13.1 mile) route has two checkpoints located at the following distances: CP1 at 5.4 miles, and CP2 at 10.4 miles.

The distances of each leg are as follows:

Leg 1: Start to CP1 = 5.4 miles

Leg 2: CP1 to CP2 = 5.0 miles

Leg 3: CP2 to Finish = 2.7 miles

Half Checkpoint Table

The Trail Half Marathon (13.1 mile) route starts with 0.6 miles along a quiet village street, which will help spread out the field, before the race route continues along bridleways and footpaths of the High Weald Landscape Trail. The half marathon race route, apart from the section of road at the start, has a road total of 2.4 miles. These sections of road are small (0.1 - 0.4 miles) as the route passes through villages and along quiet lanes joining fields, apart from one longer section of private road, following the High Weald Landscape Trail (0.7 miles) immediately before checkpoint 1; and one longer section of quiet lane (0.6 miles), immediately after checkpoint 2.

Half Marathon Race Route

Trail Half Marathon Race Route

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

 

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

To view the Trail 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

 

Weald Challenge Half Marathon Elevation Profile

High Weald Challenge Trail Half Marathon Elevation Profile (Total Elevation Gain = 247 metres)

Or for those of you that like to measure elevation in feet

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

 

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