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

– June 2017 –


Due to recent weather, we have been making a few changes to pit stops to ensure you are well energised along the route. You can click here to see the updated pit stop food document.

Please note: Pit stop 6 will now be a full pit stop (with snacks to keep you going!), rather than just a water stop.

Also, for any of you doing the non stop – your route will now pass through basecamp, where there will be a pit stop with the usual snacks and hydration (Pit Stop 3) for those who don’t wish to stop for hot food. Please head to the Participant Information Hub http://www.racetotheking.com/2017-hub/ for the latest route info and maps.

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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