The Devil's Challenge (5-7th May): a three-day, 97-mile ultra marathon along the South Downs Way, passing the legendary Devil's Dyke valley.
Starting in Winchester in Hampshire, the route heads south east through the stunning South Downs National Park, finishing in Eastbourne in East Sussex on the third day.
Take in some of England's most breathtaking countryside between Winchester, our original capital city, and the distinctive white chalk cliffs at Eastbourne. Encompassing visible prehistory, picturesque villages and stunning wildlife, the South Downs Way is the perfect challenge for those training for events like the Marathon des Sables, or who simply want to experience some of the best views in the country.
- Multi-day event prizes for 1st male and 1st female winners & FREE entry to the same event next year -
Detailed information about all elements of the event can be found in our event instructions.
You can enter the whole weekend event including food and accommodation, the whole event without food or accommodation, or individual days.
There are 150 places available and entries will close one week before the event (or when full). A waitlist option will be available if the event becomes fully booked.
Early, Early bird - £140 before 1st July 2017
Early bird - £155 before 31st August 2017
Standard entry - £165, from 1st September 2017
Late entry - £170, from 28th February 2018
Full event without accommodation or food - £140
Single day - £48
Accommodation and food - £30 per night
There's a 10% discount available for all serving military or emergency services staff. To book with your discount, please email us: email@example.com.
Please note: a 3.6% service charge, levied by the registration software, will be added to your total.
Starts / Finishes
Day 1 - Saturday
The start times on day 1 (Saturday) are: walkers 09:30, runners 10:00 and 10:30, with registration open from 08:00 at Chilcomb Sports Ground, Petersfield Rd, Winchester SO21 1HU.
Day 1 finish: Elsted Village Hall GU29 0JY, followed by a minibus shuttle to Midhurst Rother College, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DT (our overnight location).
Day 2 - Sunday
Day 2 start: Minibus shuttles to the start at Hilltop Car Park, south of Cocking GU29 0HT.
Day 2 finish: Clayton Village Hall, BN6 9PJ, followed by a minibus shuttle to Patcham High School, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton, BN1 8PB (our overnight location).
Day 3 - Monday
Day 3 start: Minibus shuttles to the start at Ditchling Beacon BN6 8XD.
Day 3 finish: St Andrew's Prep School, Meads Street, Eastbourne BN20 7RP.
The route goes through England's latest National Park, including some of the most spectacular scenery and quintessential villages the South has to offer.
It's worth bearing in mind that there will be road crossings to negotiate. We also recommend taking the time to explore the route beforehand and carrying a map with you on race day. For more information see the full event instructions.
Some of our favourite South Downs Way publications:
As with all of our events, everything is taken care of at the Devil’s Challenge so you can focus on the experience! Overnight accommodation, evening meals, showers, breakfast, food and drink at checkpoints, free parking, and even inspiring guest speakers in the evenings are all included for three day participants, and are also available at a supplement for one day participants.
You'll stay at Midhurst Rother College, North Street, Midhurst, GU29 9DT on the first night and Patcham High School, Ladies Mile Road, Brighton, BN1 8PB on the second night, with sleeping accommodation in a large hall.
Everything is looked after - all you need to do is run (or jog or walk!)
There will be four aid stations each day, between 6-10 mile distances, fully stocked with water, and sweet and savoury food to keep you fuelled.
The South Downs Way National Trail has excellent markings in the form of signposts or post discs to keep you on track. The event is supported by a Course Manager and a fully qualified medical crew will be in attendance. We strongly recommend taking a moment to read our medical page before booking.
The only compulsory kit is a fully charged mobile phone and a minimum 500ml of water, but it's worth taking a look at our recommended kit list.
Other equipment may be made compulsory by the race director depending on the weather.
Getting to and from the event
Transport to the start on Saturday 5th May
The nearest train station to the start is Winchester, part of the the SouthWest Trains network with a regular service from London Waterloo and Southampton. We will be operating mini-bus shuttles from Winchester Station to the start from 08:00. There is limited car parking at the start, but it is a remote location and any vehicles left are at the owners risk.
Transport from the finish on Monday 7th May
We will operate a regular mini-bus shuttle from the finish to Eastbourne Station, for trains to London Victoria Station. The average train journey time to London is 1 hour 36 minutes. Trains also run every hour to Portsmouth and Southampton.
We have arranged for competitors to be able to leave their cars at the Eastbourne finish on Saturday morning and book a place on a coach back to the start at Winchester. This means that their car will be at the finish ready for when they get there on Monday.
There is free parking on the streets surrounding the finish school (St Andrew’s Prep, Meads Street, BN20 7RP), and we would leave from Meads Street, near the school entrance.
The coach will leave at 06:30 on the morning to get to the start in time. This may not be in time for the walkers start so they will have to join the main group of runners at 10:00 or 10:30.
The cost will be £30 a head. Book via additional purchases or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The mini buses and some cars will need to head back to the Winchester area once the event is completed on the Sunday afternoon/evening. We are able to transport some people in this way but we ask those who are planning to get a lift with us to wait while we pack up the event.
Our suggestion would be that you try and be independent so that you don’t have to wait, but we will do all we can to accommodate individual requirements.
Detailed information about all elements of the Devil's Challenge can be found in our downloadable instructions.
GPX files: Day 1 Day 2 Day 3
We can't wait to see you there! Questions? Say hello on email@example.com.