South Coast
Ultra Challenge®

7/8 Sept 2024

Join the Elekta Team in The South Downs National Park. Take on the South Coast Ultra Challenge in support of Demelza, join thousands of others as you take on a real adventure in a superb setting. You have the chance to take part in the 100km ‘Full Continuous’ challenge. The  route starts Eastbourne before going up Beachy Head. Experience the magnificent Seven Sisters along the South Downs Way, with stunning views over the sea, to half-way point in Brighton. Next you’ll pass Devil’s Dyke, followed by a stretch of  chalky undulating hills before historic Arundel comes into view after an amazing 100 km journey.

You’ll get full support & hospitality all the way – its not an event to miss!

The Ultra Challenge Experience

Endurance events for a wide range of fitness & ages and the UK’s #1 series of treks & runs. Choose your Challenge – do it at your pace, and there’re 14 events in the Series. Our support enables you to go further, whilst enjoying the great outdoors & camaraderie. There’re marquee rest stops, lots of food & drink, medical & massage teams, with a fully signed route to guide you. A big finish-line celebration awaits with an amazing sense of achievement, and once the aches subside you’ll feel energised, and up for more of life’s real challenges!

Good preparation & smart planning are key to successfully completing an Ultra Challenge. From the moment you sign up you’ll have access to our Challenge App, with training guides, optional training walks & runs, maps, on the day info, and online forums. We will also keep you updated with any news & challenge updates via notifications through the app and emails. 

Keeping you well fed & hydrated is key to getting you across that finish line successfully & safely. Whichever distance you are signed up every meal and snack stop is included in your entry so you can expect:

  • Regular snack stops every 12.5 km
  • Meal/food every 25 km
  • Hot drinks, water & energy drinks at all stops 
  • We cater for every dietary requirement
  • Lighter options for ‘runners’
  • Hot food finishers meal

We have Rest Stops every 12.5 km or so with ‘major’ ones at ~25/50/75/100 km. Our Rest Stops are like no others – along side a large medical area and catering services they are all covered infrastructure (to keep you out of the sun or rain!) – here there will be a place to sit down and put your feet up, use any of the facilities (toilets, medics, changing rooms, rest areas, baggage pick up). Manned by our team to help with any query or questions you have!

There’re pink arrows to guide you, distance markers, glow-sticks at night, hazard signs, and a route map in the App. Our ‘Trek Masters’ organise group departures at night so nobody has to walk solo. Our chip timing system enables our Control Room, and your friends / family, to track your progress through the Rest Stops. Or hire a ‘GEO TRACKER’ – so they can follow you in real time every step of the way – day & night!

For those taking on the Full Challenge (~100 km) across 2 days we have on every event a ‘Base Camp’ set up where you can either book one of our all inclusive camping packages or ‘pitch your own’. Our camp sites have hot showers, drinks stations, chill out areas and are a great way to get some shut eye over the Saturday night, before taking on the 2nd day of your challenge! 

Keeping you safe and healthy is our upmost priority – we have a vast experienced team of Doctors, Paramedics, First Aiders, Podiatrists and Masseuses available and on hand at every Rest Stop (as well as roaming the route). You will also have access to a ‘self help’ area at every stop with blister plasters, talcum powder & more should you just need tape yourself up!

We don’t ever want you to forget that moment you reached your goal and crossed over the finish line – our Cheer Squad will ensure that you don’t! You will be given a medal, finisher’s t-shirt, glass of fizz and a photo finish! Before being guided to a finishers meal, drinks & a well earned sit down and rest. 

We operate shuttles to and from the nearest train station for anyone needing onward travel after their challenge, the majority of our finish lines also have ample parking so your supporters can meet you and pick you up, as well as we will have specific ‘transfers’ back to other locations – check the individual event pages for full details of the services we will be laying on. 

100 km, at your pace, through the day & night if you’re walking.

Eastbourne > Arundel

  • Saturday 7 Sept 2024
  • Start – Eastbourne – Bramley Camping Park
  • 100 km & ~2170m climb
  • Finish – Arundel Football Club

 

Rest Stops every 10-15km under marquees with support – toilets, massage, changing rooms, medics, rest areas, hot drinks, water & snacks & much more. 

  • Snacks & drinks – every 10-15 km
  • 23 km – picnic lunch & fizzy drinks
  • 55 km – hot meal
  • 80 km – brunch/ lunch
  • 100 km – cooked breakfast/hot meal
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

Your teams start time will be around 7.30am on Saturday 14th September in Bramley Camping Park, Eastbourne, (exact time tbc) – you will need to be there approx. 1 hour before your official start time to register – then have a pre challenge cup of tea / coffee and soak up the atmosphere!

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

There’s a full range of optional parking & pre or post Challenge shuttle bus transfer services, to make it easy to join & exit – and to provide flexible options for your own planning. These include:

Parking:

Available at the main venues. If you’re not doing the full Challenge check that our optional Shuttle Services also works for you. NO PARKING available at the finish line at Hove & Arundel, there is a near by P&D car park.

Pre-challenge bus transfers:

  • Eastbourne station to Eastbourne start
  • Alfriston to Eastbourne start

 

Post-challenge bus transfers:

  • Arundel FC to Eastbourne start
  • Arundel FC to Arundel station
  • Hove to Eastbourne start
  • Hove to Brighton station
  • Alfriston to Eastbourne station via Eastbourne start.

 

Baggage Service  Transfer of a bag from start to finish is available and payable on the day.

Optional Extras‘ – Blind Veterans are doing a group booking and sending us the details. The event coordinatorwill be in touch!

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

EASTBOURNE (Bramley Camping) – Friday night before your challenge. Generally suits Full 100 km, 1st Half, & 1st Quarter Challengers

Book your OPTIONAL EXTRAS below via the link on the page in the next section.

Your Challenge,
Your Way!

Join us – as whether you’re an occasional walker, an experienced trekker, a weekend jogger, or a budding marathon enthusiast – there’s challenge here for you! Walk, Jog, or Run at your pace as part of the Elekta team in support of Demelza. The South Coast Ultra Challenge is fun, safe, and rewarding – with full support along the way, enabling you to push yourself further in challenging but beautiful scenery. – it’s certainly an event not to be missed!

Check out your route on the interactive map below!

How to Join

You’ll need to fill in the online from – there  are two ways to sign up!

Choose the 100km challenge and register for freeDemelza will pay for your place – you will have a minimum fundraising target of £595 – but HURRY! Only the first 20 places are free – then the 100km will revert to having a normal registration fee.

Choose the shorter distance options and pay a small registration fee – Demelza still pay for your place on the event – you will have a smaller minimum fundraising target.

Optional Extras (to unsure your event logistics run smoothly) are available to book using the link below.

READY FOR A CHALLENGE?

Register to join the team

Find the online form in the link below – there is no fee to pay if you use the link on this page to register. Once registered you will receive a Confirmation Email – this will give details of how to access the Event App (with lots of info & updates)

OPTIONAL EXTRAS

Your available extras include parking and camping at Eastbourne on the Friday night, and a bus transfer from the finish line at Arundel back to the start – receive a 10% discount on the booking of your optional extras by using the link below.

FUNDRAISING

As part of your Challenge you are supporting Demelza – as they are paying for your event fee you have a minimum fundraising target each. This target is larger the further your choice of distanced.

You MUST have raised 50% 3 weeks before the event  in order for the charity to accept your place.

EVENT WEBSITE

Visit the ULTRA CHALLENGE website. YOU MUST return to this page to sign up.

All you need to know about the South Coast Ultra Challenge.

PARTICIPANT AREA

Information & advice for ALL participants taking on the Challenge

16 Amazing Challenges

Over 200,000 adventurers have taken on an Ultra Challenge® so far, and the 16 unique events make up the UK’s biggest & best series of treks & trail runs – which have also raised £50+ million for charities. Whichever challenge you choose, you’ll get full support all the way so you can set a new goal, enjoy the British countryside, and Push Yourself Further! Whoever you are – If you’re up for a challenge, it has to be an Ultra Challenge!

Map

Lake District Ultra Challenge

8-9 June 2024

100 km loop + Half & Quarter Challenge options & Ambleside 10K

FULL DETAILS >

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Isle of Wight Ultra Challenge

5-6 May 2024

106 km ‘Full Island’ Loop + Half & Quarter Island options.

FULL DETAILS >

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London 2 Brighton Ultra Challenge

25-26 May 2024

100 km + Half & Quarter Challenge distance options

FULL DETAILS >

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South Coast Ultra Challenge

7-8 Sept 2024

100 km + Half & Quarter Challenge options

FULL DETAILS >

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Jurassic Coast Ultra Challenge

18-19 May 2024

100 km + Half & Quarter Challenge options AND Marathon + Double Marathon & Bridport 10K

FULL DETAILS >

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Thames Path Ultra Challenge

14 – 15 Sept 2024

100 km + 3/4 + Half & Quarter Challenge options

+ Thames Bridges 25km Trek (Sat – Central London)

+ Friday Moonlight 10K Walk (Central London)

+ The Henley 10K (Sunday)

FULL DETAILS >

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South West Coast 50 Ultra Challenge

3 August 2024

50 km Loop + 25 km & 10 km Challenge options

FULL DETAILS >

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Peak District Ultra Challenge

6-7 July 2024

100 km Loop + Half & Quarter Challenge options & The Bakewell 10 Mile. 

FULL DETAILS >

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Cotswold Way Ultra Challenge

22 – 23 June 2024

100 km + Half & Quarter Challenge options.

FULL DETAILS >

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Chiltern 50 Ultra Challenge

28 Sept 2024

50 km Loop + 25 km & 10K Challenge options

FULL DETAILS >

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North Downs 50 Ultra Challenge

27 July 2024

50 km Loop + 25 km & 10km Challenge options.

FULL DETAILS >

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Easter 50 Ultra Challenge

Sat 12 April 2025

Windsor

50 km, 25 km, 0r 10 km Loops 

FULL DETAILS >

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London Summer Walk

Sat 24 August 2024

25 KM or 10 KM looped route – Woolwich Start / Finish

FULL DETAILS >

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London Halloween Walk

Sat 26 October 2024

25 KM or 10 KM spooky looped route options. Start / finish – The Oval Cricket Ground ‘dungeon’,

FULL DETAILS >

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NEW – Kent Downs 50 Ultra Challenge

Sat 12 October 2024

50 KM, 25 KM or 10 KM looped routes options. Start / finish – The Kent Showground nr. Maidstone.

FULL DETAILS >>

 

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