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North Downs Way 100

Quick facts

Location Farnham, United Kingdom

Distance Ultra marathon - 161km

About North Downs Way 100

The North Downs Way 100 is a 100 mile continuous Trail Run along the North Downs Way. The course travels from Farnham in the Surrey Hills to Ashford in Kent. The race begins in Farnham at the Western end of the North Downs. The course works its way through some of the best of the English countryside before traveling through the small village of Puttenham and on to Guildford. It then continues on to Ranmore Common before the steepest climb of the race up to the top of Box Hill. The trail then drops down the other side and back up to Reigate Hill, on through Merstham to Oxted and a further 8 miles to Knockholt Pound and the 50 mile point at the outermost edge of Greater London. The course then travels on through Wrotham and Holly Hill before crossing the Medway Bridge. The final 25 miles see runners travel South East towards Dover running the majority on trails, paying brief visits to the villages of Detling, Hollingbourne, Harrietsham and Charing before dropping down into Wye and the finish.

Distances

North Downs Way 100

  • 160.934km

Practicalities

Accommodation

There are plenty of options for accomodation in Farnham although no specific budget accommodation. In Farnham itself and within half a mile of the start point are the The Bush Hotel and the Bishops Table Hotel. Just outside of Farnham in the neighbouring town of Aldershot there is a Premier Inn. You will need to either drive or arrange a taxi from that hotel to the start point at St Polycarps School, Farnham. Alternatively there are many smaller Bed and Breakfast options which can be found by typing Farnham Hotels into google search. There are lots of great accommodation options for our new finish in Ashford. The Downsview Guesthouse / Ashford Travelodge are just some of the many options available, all a short distance from the stadium.

After Race Services

Free Hot Food and Drinks (Runners only and includes vegetarian option).

Aid Stations

There will be a minimum of 13 fully stocked aid stations along the length of the course. All aid stations will have a full selection of the usual aid station fayre and a whole lot more. At a minimum you will be able to pick up Water, Coke, Gels, Chocolate, Crisps, Nuts, Fruit, Sandwiches, Wraps and other sweet and savoury snacks specific to that aid station. All aid stations from Knockholt onwards will have hot drinks including tea and coffee. There will be hot food available at Knockholt, Detling and the finish line.

Award Medals

All finishers will receive a medal, a technical finishers shirt and a buckle. Finishers in under 24 hours will receive a '100 miles - One Day' Buckle. All finishers between 24 and 30 hours will receive a '100 mile - Finisher' buckle. The male and female winners will take home first place prizes, there will be no separate vet category prizes.

Equipment Storage

Drop Bags must be deposited at the race start before 5:30am on race morning and will be accessible at various points along the course. Drop bags must NOT exceed 30cm x 20cm x 20cm in size ie. the size of a shoe box for any one aid station - EXCEPT for the finish line bag which can be larger. They must be labelled with your name, aid station it is to go to and race number. Runners need to leave a different drop bag for each aid station, each bag will be transported to the aid station listed and then the finish line only. Drop bags will be available at the finish at noon on Sunday.

Maximum Time

30 hours

Parking

For runners, the best option for parking at the start is Farnham Station Car Park. There is a weekend tariff covering Friday 12pm to Sunday 8pm for a total cost of £7. There is some limited free parking in the roads surrounding the school. There will be no parking at the school itself. There is free parking at the stadium in Ashford.

Qualifications

In order to start the race, you must have completed a minimum of a 50 mile distance race within 15hrs, between 1st January 2014 and 31st July 2017.

Transport

There will be a shuttle bus operating from the 100 mile finishing point back to Farnham Station, departing at 12:15pm on Sunday 7th August. You may purchase shuttle tickets during your registration.

Start:

North Downs Way National Trail Head

Farnham,gb

Finish:

Julie Rose Stadium

Farnham,gb

Difficulty

hilly

Highlights

North Downs hills

Surrey Hills

Kent Downs

Overview

The race starts at the western origin of the North Downs Way trail and stays entirely on the national trail until Knockholt Pound where runners will detour to the Village Hall 50 mile aid station. The race then continues on 50 miles further east down the trail, to Ashford and the finish. 

This is a National Trail maintained by the National Trail Trust together with the various county councils and extends all the way to Dover on the South East Coast of the United Kingdom. The trail is open year round to the public, but cuts through a mixture of private land and public byways. It is absolutely essential that runners respect the land at all times on the course. 

The race begins at the very start of the NDW trail. Following the briefing, runners will be led down to the race start point approximately 400 yards from the school. The NDW trail starts at a Waymark post on the corner of Station Hill and the A31 Farnham Bypass. The route begins on a short stretch of tarmac running alongside a river before heading into more rural ground. The NDW trail is predominantly off road but runners get a quick insight into the overall terrain of the course within the first 4 miles as the route makes its way through woodland, over tracks through fields and along minor roads through villages.

The race information has been found on the official website of the event or through publicly available sources. Always refer to the official website the latest race information. Please let us know if any data is wrong or missing, by emailing us.