kent DOWNS 50
Ultra Challenge®

Saturday 12 October 2024

A NEW end of season Ultra Challenge®– in the ‘Garden of England’.  A basecamp near Maidstone, with parking & weekend camping options, the main 50km looped route heads anticlockwise around the Kent Downs – starting on the North Downs Way to Blue Bell Hill, around picturesque Aylesford, and following the River Medway to Mote Park at halfway for a picnic. Along the Len Valley Walk to the majestic Leeds Castle, then the North Downs Way back to the showground finish line and celebration. It’s easily accessible; you’ll get full support; and with 25km & 10km options also available, there’s a Kent Downs Ultra Challenge® waiting for you!

Your entry fee is covered by Tsurumi UK. See below for more details – and please sign up to the event via the links on this page.

The Ultra Challenge® Experience

Endurance events for a wide range of fitness & ages. Choose your Challenge – do it at your pace, and there’re 16 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
  • Picnic lunch at 25km halfway
  • Hot drinks, water & energy drinks at all stops 
  • We cater for every dietary requirement
  • Lighter options for ‘runners’
  • Finishers meal (back at basecamp)

We have Rest Stops every 12.5 km or so with ‘major’ ones every 25km. 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. There’s also the option to hire a ‘GEO TRACKER’ – so they can follow you in real time every step of the way – day & night!

We have camping options at event  ‘Basecamp’ 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 close to the event start on the Friday before, or Saturday after, 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 Rest Stops (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 hot 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. 

Date: Sat 12 October 2024

Start & Finish: Kent Showground, Maidstone

Distance & Elevation: 25km & ~450 m elevation

Rest Stops: have covered seating areas, toilets, medics & manned by our event teams. 

  • 12 km – snacks, hot drinks & water
  • 25 km – picnic lunch, hot drinks & water
  • Finish – glass of fizz, medal & t-shirt

Your Challenge,
Your Way!

Whether you’re a walker and new to challenge events, an experienced trekker, a marathon enthusiast upping the distance, or a seasoned ultra runner after UTMB points – there’s an Ultra Challenge® for you! Walk, Jog, or Run – as an Individual or a Team, for a charity of your choice or just for you. The Kent Downs Ultra Challenge is fun, safe, and rewarding – with full support all the way, enabling you to push yourself further and then celebrate your achievements at the Maidstone basecamp.

How to Join

JOIN THE TSURUMI UK TEAM!

You’ll need to fill in the online form – the cost of your entry is covered b y Tsurumi UK, and you will be fundraising to support Heart of Kent Hospice. Optional Extras (to make it easy to join) are being covered by Tsurumi.

REGISTER TO JOIN THE TEAM

Find the online form in the link below – once registered you will receive a Confirmation Email – this will give details of how to access the Event App (with lots of info & updates). The cost of your entry is covered by Tsurumi UK.

FUNDRAISING FOR HEART OF KENT HOSPICE

If you follow the link below you can create/access your JustGiving page to get started!

EVENT WEBSITE

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

All you need to know about the Chiltern 50 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!

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