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
*(Day 1 – 23.4 miles, Day 2 – 30.2 miles)
* Please note this is the approximate route for 2019
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.
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.
- Total distance – 53 miles
- Total climb – 5,051ft.
- Day 1 distance – 23 miles
- Day 1 total climb – 2,718ft.
- Day 2 distance – 30 miles
- Day 2 total climb – 2,333ft
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.
Cheesefoot Head is a large natural amphitheatre and beauty spot just outside Winchester. This impressive natural space is steeped in history and during the Second World War boxing events were held here for the entertainment of American troops stationed locally, and prior to D-Day, General Eisenhower addressed those troops before they departed across the channel.
The first capital of England and your final destination on Race to the King 2018. 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.