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Lewes 5 & 10 Downland Runs
Click to enlargeThe Lewes 10 mile and 5 mile Downland Runs take place on the first Sunday in October each year. The start and finish of both events are in a meadow near the motor road approach to the old Lewes Race Course just off the A275.

The provisional date for the 2018 events will be Sunday 7th October.

10 mile race starts at 10.45 am.
5 mile race starts at 10.30 am

Thanks to everyone who ran the races in 2017. A selection of photos is available to view and download here, and results are available on this site's homepage.

IMPORTANT - there is a 2.5 hour cut-off for the 10 mile race. If you are still on the course at 13:15 we cannot guarantee support from marshals or first aid staff, and your finishing time may not be recorded and included in the SGP. If you are unsure whether you can make the cut-off we recommend that you enter the 5 mile race this year to see how you get on.

The Lewes 10 is a UK Athletics licensed race and is part of the Sussex Road Running Grand Prix - for those looking at their individual score, this counts as one of your two 10 mile minimum runs.Entrants for the 10 mile race must be 17 years old or older on the day of the race. Entrants for the 5 mile race must be 15 years old or older on the day of the race.

The race HQ is at Wallands Primary School (See location map here). Note that the car entrance for the race is from the A275 Nevill Road.

You can find the latest news on our Facebook page.

Online entries are now closed but there are plenty of places to enter on the day. Please note that we cannot take card payment and so you will need cash or cheque.

How to get there

By Train
Lewes is on the mainline to London Victoria towards the North, Brighton to the South and Eastbourne, Hastings and Ashford to the East. Western locations can be reached via Brighton. The race headquarters is a perfect warmup distance from the station, passing through the 11th century Lewes Castle (See route map here). There are sometimes bus replacement services on Sunday, so check National Rail before you set out.

By Bus
Lewes is served by the 28/29 service between Brighton and Tunbridge Wells (Map and Timetable here). Get off at the Prison bus stop and just walk or jog up the road (See route map here)

By Bike
The main cycle paths into Lewes run along the A27. If coming from the West, turn left at the Prison lights. If coming from the East, the nicest route is probably via Pells (See route map here). There are reasonably quiet routes into Lewes from North and South - see here for details

By Car
The simplest way into Lewes is via the junction of the A27 and A277. Follow the A277 to the Prison and turn left at the lights. The race car park is on the right hand side at the top of the road.
Documents for download
  • 10 mile course map | .pdf file [999.9 Kb]
    Map and profile for the 10 mile course
  • 5 mile course map | .pdf file [812.4 Kb]
    Map and profile for the 5 mile course
  • Postal Entry Form 2017 | .pdf file [148.9 Kb]
    Entry form for the 2017 event
  • 10 mile prize winners | .ms/ file [40.0 Kb]
    A list of winners from 2015 and 2016
  • Licence for 2017 Races | .pdf file [258.9 Kb]
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