South Downs Trail Half Marathon

After 14 years we are making some changes to the format of the classic South Downs Marathon Day. The routes of marathon and half marathon themselves remain unchanged but we are taking out the marathon relay and introducing a trail 10km in Queen Elizabeth Country Park.

People running the South Downs Trail Half Marathon

£25 - £35
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The South Downs Trail Half Marathon Course

Regrettably the lack of safe parking at two of the relay changeovers make us believe the relay is unsafe as most cars arrive at the changeover points in the same time frame and it has become a hazard and, probably, an accident waiting to happen. To make up for the loss of this popular element of the marathon we have brought in a 10km route entirely within Queen Elizabeth Country Park that will cover the first 2.5 miles of the half marathon route, divert on the Staunton Way and region the return section of both the marathon and half marathon on the South Downs Way at the Buriton Car Park entrance.

As costs are growing year on year we woul like to freeze the entry fee at the previous years level we have taken out the t-shirt, which will now be an option, and introduce a gift pack of High Five products and a 750ml drinks bottle for all runners valued at £12.

We are also offering free-to-download post race photography to all runners.


Half Marathon

Starting at Queen Elizabeth Country Park near Petersfield the half marathon follows a route through the Country Park then across fields to the Village of Chalton before picking up the Sussex Border Path, bringing you to the South Downs Way. The route then joins the Full Marathon route running west for 4 miles on the South Downs Way back through QE Park to the finish.

For 2019 we will have two wave starts to prevent congestion at the style after 3.5miles:

10am - Wave 1

10.15am - Wave 2

Waves will be split on estimated times on the entry data base t give two even waves.

Event Location: Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Gravel Hill, Horndean, PO8 0QE