Race to the King Route

Race to the King offers you an experience to remember.

A double marathon along the South Downs Way, passing numerous historical sites and taking you through some of the UK’s most beautiful countryside

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Latest news about the route

– February 2017 –
Please note that due to the change in route for this year’s Race to the King our pit stop locations have also had to alter along the way. Pit stops will be located every 10-15kms and will be fully stocked with plenty of fuel to power you through to the finish line!

– December 2016 –
Race to the King is a true outdoor challenge. We are lucky enough to be able to run through one of the most beautiful national parks in the UK. As an off-road trail run we are guided by mother nature and as a result this means the route sometimes has to change right up until the day of the event. The route has changed since 2016, with the main change being that of the basecamp. We have found a new location which should provide stunning views from your tented accommodation! The change in basecamp also brings a slight tweak in the route. This means Day 1 will total, 23.4 miles and Day 2 will total 29.8 miles; for those of you joining us for both days and staying at the basecamp, your total distance will equate 53.2 miles. Non-stop participants will bypass the basecamp meaning their total distance will be 53 miles. As mentioned above, these changes have been made to ensure everyone gets to experience the best of The South Downs Way but is of course dictated by mother nature at times. If you have any questions about the route changes feel free to email us on info@racetotheking.com. 


Route Overview

Starting at the Slindon Estate near Arundel and finishing at Winchester Cathedral. The route takes you along the South Downs Way, an ancient path along a ridge of chalk hills. Not only does the route offer breath-taking panoramic views of the surrounding landscape, there are also numerous historical sites along the way to pique the interest.


The History

Spanning from the chalk cliffs in East Sussex to the ancient capital of Winchester, humans have been using the South Downs for thousands of years. Millennia of use has left the rolling chalk landscape studded with historical sites as generations have been drawn to the sweeping views North over the Weald and South over the English Channel.

Route Highlights

  • The Devil’s Jumps
  • Beacon Hill
  • Queen Elizabeth County Park
  • Butser Hill
  • HMS Mercury
  • Old Winchester Hill
  • Beacon Hill
  • Winchester Cathedral
  • Cheesefoot Hill
  • St Catherine’s Hill
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Queen Elizabeth Country Park

This park is made up of 1,400 acres of open access woodland and downland within the East Hampshire Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty. The woodland was mostly planted in the 1930s and consists mainly of beech trees making it a beautifully shady section of the route if it’s a hot day. With 38 species of butterfly and 12 species of wild orchid, the Park is a paradise for wildlife.

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Butser Hill

Butser Hill is the big one. A long climb out of Queen Elizabeth Country Park takes you to the highest point on the South Downs Way. Although ‘only’ 271 metres high, it qualifies as one of England’s Marilyns. A Marilyn is a mountain or hill in the United Kingdom, Republic of Ireland or Isle of Man with a prominence of at least 150 metres (492 ft), regardless of absolute height or other merit.

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Winchester Cathedral

The first capital of England and your final destination on Race to the King. The cathedral is one of the largest cathedrals in England, with the longest nave and greatest overall length of any Gothic cathedral in Europe. Don’t worry though you don’t have to run the length of it. The cathedral was founded in 642 and the was the burial places of England’s earliest Kings.

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