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South Coast Challenge 2024

Event type
UK Walks and Treks

The South Coast Challenge takes you up Beachy Head, over the magnificent Seven Sisters, and along the South Downs Way, finishing in the historic town of Arundel.

Go for the full 100km challenge, a 50km trek or a 25km walk along this route and know that you are saving lives with every step you take.

All levels of experience are welcome - you can walk, run or jog!

Choose your fundraising option:

Full Charity Sponsorship - 25% discount off reg fee is applied for this option!

  • Full Challenge 100km - £30 registration fee and £575 sponsorship target
  • Half Challenge 50km - £22.50 registration fee and £360 sponsorship target
  • Quarter Challenge 25km - £15 registration fee and £240 sponsorship target

*Spring Deal * Get a further 50% discount on your reg fee below using the coupon code: CHARITY50% (excludes 10km / mile distance option)

Mixed Funding - you pay half of your event place cost, and fundraise a smaller minimum target

  • Full Challenge 100km£100 registration fee and £300 sponsorship target
  • Half Challenge 50km£75 registration fee and £225 sponsorship target
  • Quarter Challenge 25km£50 registration fee and £150 sponsorship target

Own place funding option also available

Photo of a medal which says South Coast Challenge and has a red ribbon

What to expect

Your entry into the event includes: 

  • rest stops with free food, drink, and massages
  • a medal, t-shirt, and glass of fizz
  • support from medics and marshals

You'll receive support and hospitality from the event organisers Action Challenge every step of the way.

How we'll support you:

  • You'll receive a free Anthony Nolan T-shirt
  • Access to a TeamAN walkers and trekkers Strava Club
  • Dedicated fundraising and training support from the Anthony Nolan Events Team
The Anthony Nolan supporter dark green tshirt that says 'Saving lives through stem cells' alongside a running water bottle and running trainers

FAQ's

Where does the challenge start and finish?

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Full Challenge 100km Continuous

Start: Eastbourne

Finish: Arundel, W. Sussex

Full Challenge 100km - over 2 days

Day 1: Eastbourne (start), Hove (finish)

Day 2: Hove (start), Arundel (finish)

First Half Challenge - 50km

Start: Eastbourne

Finish: Hove

Second Half Challenge - 50km

Start: Hove

Finish: Arundel

First Quarter Challenge - 25km

Start: Eastbourne

Finish: Alfriston, East Sussex

What time does the challenge start and finish?

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Full Challenge 100km Continuous

Start times: 7am for runners, 7am – 9am for joggers & walkers

Finish times: Runners 9 – 16 hrs, joggers 16 – 20 hrs, walkers 20 – 36 hrs

Full Challenge 100km - over 2 days

Start times: 7am for runners, 7am-9am for joggers & walkers

Finish times: Runners 4 – 8 hrs, joggers 7 – 10 hrs, walkers 10 – 16 hrs

First Half Challenge - 50km

Start times: 7am for runners, 7 – 9am for joggers & walkers

Finish times: Runners 4 – 8 hrs, joggers 7 – 10 hrs, walkers 10 – 16 hrs

Second Half Challenge - 50km

Start times: 10am walkers, 11am runners  on Saturday

Finish times: Runners 4 – 8 hrs, joggers 7 – 10 hrs, walkers 10 – 16 hrs

First Quarter Challenge - 25km

Start times: 7am for runners, 8:30 – 9:30am for joggers & walkers

Finish times: Runners 2 – 3 hrs, joggers 3 – 5 hrs, walkers 4 – 7 hrs

What is the route?

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You can see a detailed map of the route here.

Is there an Event Guide?

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Yes! You can see the Event Guide here.

You can find all the information you need to know on the Ultra Challenge Website too.

Is the route accessible?

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Ultra Challenges are physical events, where you can choose to walk, jog or run a distance of 10km –50km. The Event Organisers welcome participants of all abilities who are confident in their ability to participate, however must ensure everyone is clear on the requirements and accessibility restrictions of the route. 

While each challenge covers different terrain and landscapes, you can typically expect steep climbs and descents, the necessity to cross stiles, and uneven pathways subject to weather effects such as mud and dust.

If you have any accessibility concerns or questions you can contact Action Challenge directly to discuss requirements and they'd be happy to support you.

What is the route?

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You can see a detailed map of the route here.

Is there parking?

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Parking for your vehicle is available at:

  • Eastbourne (£7 a car)
  • Alfriston (£7 a car)

There is not parking available at the finish line at Hove & Arundel, however, there is a nearby pay and display car park.

Action Challenge also have pre and post challenge shuttle bus transfer services (prices vary) to make it easy to join and exit the challenge.

Is there accomodation?

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For an additional cost camping is available at Eastbourne (the start) on the Friday night and Hove (57km) on the Saturday night.

Inclusive Packages – with pre pitched tent and roll mat (you bring a sleeping bag & other equipment). Parking and breakfast the following morning is included in your package.

Pitch Only Option – you bring your own tent or campervan (+ all equipment). Breakfast is NOT included in your pitch only camping – this must be booked separately.

Hot showers, rest area, changing rooms, & hot drinks are included in the price.

You can find out more information and full pricing here.

*There are no campervan facilities available at Hove.
*You can use the optional Baggage Service to move your kit from the start.

Is there baggage transfers?

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Yes! There are a range of services taking your bags forward for access during the challenge – for a change of clothes or shoes, extra layers for the night, or those snacks you can’t do without!

Prices vary (£10-£20) and you can find more information here.

Can I take part as a team?

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Of course you can! Everyone must register individually as the event organisers require personal details and declarations. Within the form you can choose to ‘Create’ or ‘Join’ a Team.

Teams can be of any size and members can opt for the same or different funding options / distances.

  • When you create a Team  you become the Team Captain. You need a Team Name and a password for others to join. Then you can invite your friends and family to join you!
  • Other people can join the Team as they register, by searching for the Team Name and using the password

Can Corporate teams get involved too?

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Yes! We'd love for you and your colleagues to get involved and fundraise for Anthony Nolan.

If you're looking for a memorable event to energise and motivate your team, without the hassle and high costs of organising your own, then an Ultra Challenge is a great choice.

Ultra Challenges are perfect for getting colleagues active and bonding on a fun, accessible, safe, high quality outdoors event - ideal for a wide range of ages and athletic abilities, and perfect to boost wellbeing and loyalty. Teams can be of any size and everybody can take on a distance that suits them, at their pace!

You can find out more information here.

When is the fundraising deadline?

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For the 'Full Charity Sponsorship' and 'Mixed Funding sponsorship' options, at least 50% of your sponsorship target should be raised 3 weeks prior to the challenge.

At this time, Anthony Nolan will then agree to pay a fee for your place to the Event Organisers.

The remaining 50% of your sponsorship should be raised by 4 weeks after the challenge.

The Anthony Nolan Events Team will be here to support you every step of the way so if you need a fundraising deadline extension then we can be flexible, just let us know!

What should I bring?

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Walkers & Joggers - bring a day bag (small rucksack) of 30-35L max which you will be expected to carry with you to hold your essential ‘on event’ kit.


Runners: carry a small lightweight backpack if you wish – or you can receive a free baggtransfer for a small
bag.

When you register, you will be able to see a full kit list on the Ultra Challenge app.

Is there an age limit?

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You must be 18 or over (on the day of the challenge) if taking on a Full 100km Challenge 

You must be 16+ and accompanied by an adult if taking on the 50km Challenge

You must be 14+ and accompanied by an adult if taking on the 25km Challenge 

Under 18's taking part must be signed up by someone over 18.

Got a question?

If you have any questions, please get in touch with the Anthony Nolan Events Team on 0303 303 3000 or events@anthonynolan.org