Runners face hat-trick of stern challenges

Start and finish: Chiddingly Primary School
Start and finish: Chiddingly Primary School

The Weald Challenge Trail Races are set to return to Chiddingly on May 24.

The event, which is in its second year, consists of three different long distance running races which start and finish at Chiddingly Primary School.

The three races start at different times – the 50km Ultra Trail begins at 8am, the Trail Marathon at 9am and the Trail Half Marathon at 10.30am.

The race departs from the primary school and then follows the road at Muddles Green before passing through Chiddingly village.

It then follows the footpaths of the Wealdway to Blackboys for the half marathon distance and the path to Ashdown Forest for the 50km Ultra distance before returning to Chiddingly via the Vanguard Way.

The event is open to all runners but competitors must be fit enough to complete the distance within five hours for the 13-mile half marathon, seven hours for the 26-mile marathon and eight hours for the 50km Ultra.

There will be off street parking provided for the runners at Jubilee Field and an overflow car park on the edge of the village.

All residents of the village are invited to gather at the finish to cheer runners home.

There will also be a barbeque provided by the church which will be serving food to runners and supporters.

It will be raising funds for the United Benefice of Chiddingly with East Hoathly.

All finishers will receive a quality bespoke hand-made Weald Challenge event coffee mug, and a quality bespoke Weald Challenge finisher’s medal.

Prizes will also be provided for the first three men and women finishers in each race.

In addition the first man and women aged over 50 and over 60 in each race will also receive a prize.

If you are not affiliated to UK Athletics and Trail Running Association, the entry fees are: Weald Challenge Trail Half Marathon – £26; Weald Challenge Trail Marathon – £36; Weald Challenge 50km Ultra Trail – £41.

For more information about the trail run challenges, prices to enter the challenge, and race information visit the website at

You must enter before the race day – entries are not available on the day.

Entries close on May 17.