The 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, with race headquarters in nearby Wallands School, where we have parking, refreshments, toilets and somewhere to leave your bag.
The routes both head up to Black Cap, with stunning views across Sussex. The 5 mile route takes a loop back to the start with a bit of undulation along the way while 10 mile route takes you out to some of the quieter less travelled parts of the downs before returning via a hill that entrants would describe variously as a bit lumpy, challenging, hellish, or fun! The route is all off-road, including grass, chalk and flint track, and woodland trails. For the last few years we have been lucky with the weather and so the route has been dry. Even with rain, the Downland tends to drain quite quickly. Hence ordinary running shoes are usually fine as long as you go carefully on any slippery bits, but if you have trail shoes then do use them, especially if it’s been raining.
This year the races will take place on Sunday 7th October.
10 mile race starts at 10.45 am. – Entry cost £10.00 and £15.00 for unattached runners
5 mile race starts at 10.30 am. – Entry cost £5.00 and £8.00 for unattached runners
Online entries are now available.
Postal entry forms will be available on this page soon. Entries by cash or cheque will be available on the day, provided the race limit is not reached.
Once again we have decided not to give out medals or goodie bags at the finish. It is our firm intention to keep entry fees low to encourage as many people to enjoy the delights of running on the Sussex Downs. We know that giving out goodie bags and momentos at the end of a race is an issue that divides opinion. We do understand that running a challenging race is a real achievement and many people do rightly want a memento of that, at the same time we want to keep entry fees at a minimum to keep this an affordable race.
There has also been a real focus over the last year on the amount of waste we produce as a society, and running events can be quite a big culprit (having done some voluntary beach cleaning the week after a local marathon I can vouch for the fact that some of the waste from races definitely sticks around and makes its way towards the sea).
IMPORTANT – there is a 2 hour 45 minute cut-off for the 10 mile race. If you are still on the course at 13:30 we cannot guarantee support from marshals or first aid staff, and your finishing time may not be recorded and included in the Sussex Grand Prix. 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.
As a momento last year we tried to get photos of all runners, which are then available to download free and can be used to create your own memento. We will do the same again this year, though I would stress that this is an informal arrangement and so I can’t guarantee to capture everyone and I can’t guarantee the quality of the shots. Last year’s photos are available here.
For the 10 mile race we present trophies to winning teams and individual male and female winners in 5 year age categories, and for the 5 mile race there are trophies for the individual winners.
Last year’s results
Available for downloading at the bottom of the page.
The Lewes 10 is a UK Athletics licensed race and is part of the Sussex Road Running Grand Prix. 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.
How to get there
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.
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)
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
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 – there will be signposts.
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