Instructions to runners 2022


20th March 2022 – RUNNERS’ INSTRUCTIONS 


Wallands School, Gundreda Road, 

Lewes, BN7 1PU 

Opens at 08:30, closes at 09:45 


Landport Bottom, Lewes 

Lat/Long: 50.881551, -0.008193 

10:00 sharp (Full Marathon)  

10:15 (Relay/ Dogs)


Respect the distance, the terrain, the countryside and your fellow trail-users at all times. We cross and run on roads for short sections of the race from Southease onwards. 


If you need specific nutrition, supplements or medical supplies, carry them with you. If you need to access specific supplies along the route, please arrange for someone to meet you on the course. Many points on the route are accessible by road. 

TRAVEL ISSUES FOR 2022: There are rail replacement buses in operation on Sunday 20th March between Lewes and all surrounding towns – i.e. Haywards Heath, Polegate, Seaford.  Trains between Brighton and Lewes will be running after 10am.  Please take care to plan your journey to the start if you had been planning to use trains to reach the race this year.  Further information on Southern Rail’s website

NUMBER COLLECTION IS IN PERSON: We are issuing numbers at Wallands School immediately before the run, to give us best information about who is running. Please allow additional time to come and collect your numbers – this is for full and for all relay runners. Open from 8:30am to 9:30am. Safety pins provided. 

MARSHALS: Please observe our gorgeous, purple-clad marshals at all times. The course will be sign-posted using our Purple Arrow Logo. If you need to stop or drop out please report to a marshal. Some sections after halfway have access to roads. We also have a team of paramedics from Event Medic Services working with us to respond in case of medical need. 

EMERGENCY NUMBER: In the event of an emergency during the race itself, our race directors can be reached as follows: Ash Head: 07877 425770 or Duncan Rawson on 07834 337346. This is for emergencies only and where we need to arrange immediate action. 

BIKES: We have several bikes on the course. An advance bike will go ahead to check the route. Lead bikes will set off with the runners. These will dovetail to stay with/close to the lead runners. A tail-gunner will follow back-markers, looking out for injured runners and collecting course markers. Be nice to our bikers. 

WATER STATIONS: There will be water stations as listed on the Race Details page. NB to reduce plastics, no plastic cups are provided on course in 2022. Please carry own cup for water (search for “soft cups” online if you need one). For any other litter, bin bags will be placed at/just after water stations – please use them if you have anything to dispose of.  

CARRY WATER/ DRINKS/ ENERGY GELS/ SWEETS with you. There are long sections between water stations. You can top up water bottles at water stations and at South Downs YHA (at Southease). 

PLEASE DO NOT LITTER. This entire course is run through a National Park. Please respect the countryside. Leave only footprints (and the occasional wee), stay off private property, take only memories, photos and your empty packets/bottles. 

COURSE MAP: See the route on Google Maps We will have a large O/S map, course marked, on display at registration. 

BAD WEATHER POLICY: We will take all possible steps to ensure the event can go ahead safely in the event of bad weather – which can in mid-March include sub-zero wind chill, snow and ice. In the event of poor weather, we will notify all runners about planning decisions and mitigating actions advised to runners. In the event of cancellation, which can take place up to the start of the event, the decision of the Race Director(s) is final and in making such a decision takes account of the safety of runners, marshals and volunteers. 

CANCELLATION RISKS:  In the event of escalation of Covid-19 controls, we will follow Government advice on holding mass participation events, and may cancel at short notice if required to do so.  

REFRESHMENTS: A coffee van from Sussex Coffee Trucks will be at the entrance to Wallands, selling excellent coffee, tea and snacks. Please bring funds for this! Free beer and pizza tokens will be handed out at the finish. We have ale from Harveys, coffee from SCT and freshly made pizza from Circa Events. Non-runners will also be able to buy beer at the finish.  

CAR PARKING: Spaces are strictly limited – there are plenty of free spaces at County Hall, 5 minutes down the road (access via Western Road, opposite the Pelham Arms). 

BAG DROP: There will be two bag drop areas at the start. All bags are dropped/transported at owner’s risk. Please mark your bag so you can identify it on collection. We accept no responsibility for safety of valuables of any description. 

One: van will go to the finish at Harveys Yard. Two: car will go to South Downs YHA. This is for Relay Part One runners (see RELAY RUNNERS below).  

BRIEFING: a short briefing for ALL runners will be delivered in the hall at 9:40am 

RELAY RUNNERS: After number collection and race briefing, second half runners should proceed to the halfway point at South Downs YHA, Itford Farm, Beddingham, Lewes BN8 6JS.  Rail replacement buses to Southease Church leave Lewes Station on a regular basis and it takes approx. 20 minutes to Southease Church, and then it is a 10-minute walk to the halfway point).  Lewes station is 20 min downhill stroll from start.  Part One runners finish at South Downs YHA, where there is a café, warm shelter and WC. Bag Drop vehicle two will be here with your bags. The YHA café is putting on extra coffee and hot sandwiches.  A rail replacement bus service leaves Southease Church on a regular basis.  Please note: you pass this stop on the first half of the route. Please keep running past the stop to complete the race at the YHA so we know you are off the course.  The finish line is a 10-minute hobble from Lewes Station.

TIMING: we will have a dedicated timing team on the course, checking race numbers and recording individual times. We are using stop-watches – no chip timing 

SPECTATORS: There are some great spots where friends and family can watch the runners. Here are a few, accessible by road or public transport: 

– South Downs YHA – half way (café, parking, train station, WC) 

– Firle Car Park (on top of Firle just before the Beacon) – around 16 miles 

– The Trevor Arms, Glynde Village (pub CLOSED, train station, WC) – around 23 miles 

– Cliffe High Street, Lewes (near the finish) 

FINISH LINE. The finish line is at the entrance to Harvey’s Yard (back entrance via North Court/ Harveys Way). This will be clearly marked. Repatriate with friends and family, receive your commemorative finisher’s gift and free beer/food/physio tokens, grab your gear bag from the bag-drop van, visit the physio or just wrap yourself in a foil blanket and sob. Harvey’s will also be selling beer in the yard as well as free pint for runners. There is a big car park next to Harvey’s Yard. 

PHOTOGRAPHY: we will have a number of official photographers and filming across the course. Pictures will be available for personal use once we add them to our Flickr pages.  

This is a tough, hilly race across a variety of surfaces, with sections likely to be muddy in 2022. We know you know, we just wanted to say it one more time, just in case. 

Duncan Rawson & Ash Head Race Directors, Moyleman: The Lewes Marathon