North Downs Way 50 2014


Entries for 2014 will open on Saturday 13th July 2013. There will be 250 places for the event on open registration and places are available on a first come, first served basis. Entrants must meet the minimum qualification standard below in order to apply. Places are only confirmed once your qualification race has been verified. There will be a wait list in operation once the initial places are taken.

Exceptions to the above are: Those who volunteered over 6 hours of service to the race in 2013 and are therefore guaranteed 2014 entry.

Entry fee is £65 plus a 5% admin charge levied by the registration company

Qualification Standard

In order to enter you must have completed a minimum of a marathon distance race within the cut off time of that event between 1st January 2010 and the 2014 race date. As organisers, we reserve the right to refuse anybody entry who does not meet this standard.

Once registered, you may update your qualification information by heading to this link

Cut Offs

Runners must finish within the 13.5 hour time limit. There are additional cut offs on route which are listed in the aid station plans.

Start/ Finish Location

Race HQ is at St. Polycarps Primary School in Farnham a short walk from Farnham station. The race itself starts at the trail head of the North Downs Way. Farnham Station is directly between race HQ and the start point, around 200 metres from both. Runners will walk down to the race start following the race briefing.

The race finish is at Knockholt Pound Village Hall. The site is easily accessible by car. A Shuttle service will be operating to take 50 mile finishers back to the start point/ Farnham Station. If you wish to take the shuttle, you must select that option during the registration process. The nearest rail station to the finish itself is Knockholt Station which is a significant walk of around 2.5 miles from the finish.


The race route travels 50 miles east from the NDW trailhead at Farnham in the west, to Knockholt Pound. The route does not deviate away from the North Downs Way until the final half a mile in to the village and the finish line. 

A map of the route can be found at the bottom of this page. 

Elevation Profile (thank you to Nick Smith at

You can find a pace/ splits calculator based on the 2013 finish times here, this was kindly created by Nick at 


50 Mile Medal & Race Shirt to all finishers. There will be additional prizes for the winners of the mens and womens races.

Aid Stations

There will be 6 fully stocked aid stations along the length of the 50 mile course. Aid stations carry as a minimum: Water, Coke, Chocolate, Bananas, Jelly Babies, Nuts, Fruit, Gels, Crisps and Sandwiches/ Wraps and other sweet/ savoury snacks. There will be hot food and drinks at the finish.

Course Markings

The course does not deviate from the North Downs Way National Trail until the final few hundred metres at 50 miles exactly. The course is fully marked by North Downs Way signposts which come in different forms but all carrying the acorn symbol of the national trail.

In addition to the fixed markers as above, the course will also be marked with red and white barrier tape and Centurion arrows. It is always possible that our additional course markers may be removed or vandalised, in which case please use the North Downs signposts as the guide. There are a number of road crossings to negotiate as the trail passes directly across which are not marshalled and must be crossed at your own risk. Please be extremely careful when you are crossing roads of any nature.

It is compulsory for runners to carry a map and it is STRONGLY ADVISED that you recce the route thoroughly before race day. The Harveys North Downs Way West Map is an excellent and concise map encompassing the whole route, available at a discounted rate here. In 2011 the course markers on the stretch around Merstham were deliberately vandalised. Whilst this is a rare and hopefully one off occurrence, you must be prepared to stay alert at ALL TIMES on the course and take careful note to follow the frequent NDW waymarkers. It is your responsibility to stay on course. 

Crew, Pacers & Drop Bags

Pacers and Drop Bags are not permitted. Each runner may leave one bag at registration to be transported to the finish only.

Crews are permitted to assist runners at any point on the course with the exception of the aid stations at Puttenham, Box Hill, Caterham View Point and Botley Hill.


There will be a team of race medics available throughout the duration of the weekend including two race ambulances and static medical aid stations at the finish point. Many of the aid stations will also have additional medics on hand. If you suffer an injury or accident that warrants direct medical attention and you are not able to get to an aid station, there will be a number for the medical director provided before race day. Due to the nature of the course ie. off road, the medics may take some time to reach you, or potentially be out of contact for some time tending to other runners. In an emergency please call both our medics AND 999. A list of local hospitals can be found below. If you are injured but able to walk, please make your way to the nearest aid station where there will either be a medic, or the aid station captain will immediately get in touch with medical care. If you suffer a severe injury, encounter someone in serious difficulty or are in any doubt at all please call 999 for emergency ambulance services.

  • East Surrey Hospital, Canada Avenue, Redhill, RH1 5RH. 01737768511.
  • Royal Surrey County Hospital, Egerton Rd, Guildford, Surrey GU2 7XX. 01483571122.


80% of the course is on trail. Trail shoes are advised but you will be able to complete the course perfectly adequately in road shoes. There are sections of trail where the chalk has become exposed which can make it slippery and technical in the wet. Please use due care and attention on steep downhill sections.

There may be kit checks prior, during and after the race. Runners must carry the following mandatory equipment at all times. A time penalty of one hour will be imposed for any item found to be missing at any point on course. Please refer to this page for explanations on the inclusion of the below items. 

  • Fully Charged Mobile Phone including the numbers for the Race Medic and Race Director (on the number you have given at registration)
  • Water Bottles/Bladder capable of carrying a minimum of 1 litre. 
  • Survival Blanket: 1.4m x 2m minimum
  • Route Map (Our recommendation)
  • Compass
  • Whistle
  • Light source (headtorch or flashlight) (Our recommendation)



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