South Downs Way Ultra Challenge


On 18th July, four of us are aiming to run the length of the South Downs Way in under 24-hours. We're running simply because we fancied the challenge, and as a consequence want to raise some valuable money for charity at the same time.

We are James Adams, Tom Copeland, Todd Leckie and Al Hunter. Just four guys who like to think we are fitter, faster and stronger than we actually are.

The challenge covers a total of 160km starting from Winchester, West Sussex, and finishing down the coast in Eastbourne, East Sussex, a day later. We're running self-supported and socially distanced, stopping along the route to refuel and rehydrate. It's not going to be fun, it's not going to be pretty, but it's going to be epic.

Find out more about the challenge and how you can help us with a charity donation for added motivation here.


We will start in Winchester early evening on Saturday 18th July, heading east along the South Downs Way route we'll aim to clock the majority of a marathon before darkness sets in. Running under head lights we'll hopefully be nearing the halfway point by first light.

Once through Ditchling Beacon and past Brighton the rest of the third marathon leg takes in more hills before skirting Lewes and heading into the fourth marathon which heads towards Eastbourne and the finish in Meads after 100 miles on foot, and hopefully about 20-hours after having left Winchester - in time for a socially-distanced beer on the beach!