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LDWA South Downs Marathon

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Sunday 24th April 2022

Entries Open
Wednesday 22nd December 2021
Entries Close
Sunday 17th April 2022 at 00:00
Entries so Far
166 Participants
Entry Fees
LDWA Member   £12.00   
Non Member   £18.00   
Event Coordinator - Manfred Engler
07754 833 904

LDWA South Downs Marathon - 28 miles in 10 hours

Crossing some of the most beautiful countryside in the South Downs National Park including Seven Sisters, Cuckmere Haven, Firle Beacon via 4000+ft of ascent, also visiting the iconic downland villages of Littlington, Firle and Alfriston.

Location: East Dean Village Hall, BN20 0DR, just off A259, 3 miles west of Eastbourne. (EX123/OL25, LR199, OS Grid Reference TV557977).

Registration from 8am. Car parking is in the field next to the Hall. Luggage may be left in the Hall.

Start 9am walkers, 10am runners. RUNNERS - Please be advised that if you leave before the 10am start you may be disqualified. The checkpoint/clip water point opening times reflect actual runner’s arrival times from previous years, based on the 10am start time.

Results will be on the Sussex Group website shortly after the event.

Entry includes a certificate for all finishers and a light meal at the end. Single CP with food and refreshments at the half way point, clip/water points en-route. Badge available.

Route Description. A full route description will be made available on our website, in pdf and doc format, or on paper if SAE (A5 or A4 with Large letter stamp) provided. A GPX file and outline map will be made available on our website.


  • The LDWA South Downs Marathon is open to walkers and runners who must be over 18 years of age on the day of the event.
  • Membership of the LDWA is not required.
  • No entries on the day.
  • Sorry, no dogs.
  • The opening and closing times of the check and clip points will be strictly adhered to.
  • To qualify for a certificate all entrants must finish by 1900 and pass through all the check and clip points, within the time limits.
  • Retirements must be made at checkpoints. If a retiree is unable to reach a checkpoint they should pass their check card to another entrant, who will notify the next checkpoint. If this is not possible the emergency phone number provided on the check card should be used. The checkpoint marshals will have the right to retire any entrant who they consider is unfit to continue. Transport back to the start will be provided for retirees.
  • The weather on the South Downs can change quickly so dress accordingly.
  • You are required to carry a cup/mug
  • All entrants should carry maps to cover the whole route (OS Landranger 198*/199 or Explorer 123/OL25). * As only a small part of Landranger 198 is required an OS Get-A-Map based copy of the required portion will be available with the route description. Please note – a paper route description must be carried by each entrant even if walking in a group - you may get separated – or if navigating by smart phone or GPS – your batteries might go flat. Failure to carry a route description may mean that (a) you are not covered by the LDWA Public Liability Insurance and (b) that you will be disqualified.

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