The Race to the King – an ultra distance race - will take place for the first time on 25 and 26 June 2016. The 52 mile walk or run will start at the National Trust Slindon Estate in East Sussex and continue along the South Downs Way to Winchester Cathedral, the burial place of the first kings of England.
The race can be completed non-stop, over two days including camping or participants can choose to do a single day on the Saturday or Sunday with or without camping. It is designed for everyone from walkers to elite runners
According to organisers, it is the ideal ultra-distance challenge for those looking to take their first step beyond a marathon or who just love a challenge outdoors. As with Race to the Stones – another ultra by the same organisers - the route will be signed and participants will be given a map book with information about the route, views and landmarks.
The pit stops roughly every five to six miles have toilets, food, drinks and medical support and foot health experts will help tend and dress sore feet. Dinner and breakfast will be available at the overnight base camp. Two man tents, showers, massages and beer bars will also be on site.
The start and finish are easily accessible by train and there will be transport available from the station to the start and the finish to the station as well as bag transport for all participants. Should they wish, participants can double the challenge and take part in the Race to the Stones on 16 and 17 July. Entry for the Race to the King is open at the event website.