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South Downs — Guided trail run

Our April social run takes us to the breathtaking landscapes of the South Downs National Park.

Sign up — £10

Sunday April 15th, 2018

We're off to the South Downs for a half marathon trail run around the Queen Elizabeth Country Park.


This is a social trail run. We will run as a group at an average pace of 6:00-6:30min/km.

You should be able to run a 10km in 55 minutes or less and be comfortable running the half marathon distance.


It's £10 (+ train travel) to join, click below and fill in the form.

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Next trip
Sunday 15th April 2018 — 09:45
Start location
Petersfield Station (GU32 3EE)
Half marathon (13.1m / 21.1km)
Average pace
Group size
Max capacity 25

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Trip details


Please see below for a rough itinerary of the day.

08:03 Depart London Waterloo (if applicable)
09:37 Arrive at Petersfield station
09:45 Trail start
12:30 Trail finish
12:40 Refuel at The Red Lion
14:04 Depart back to London
15:37 Arrive into Waterloo


We will finish the run at The Red Lion in Petersfield for a drink/lunch.


A stunning run across some varied terrain including forest, chalk paths, and rolling grassy hills.

We will start and end in the picturesque village of Petersfield which has an abundance of shops and places to eat.

We will explore some of the UK's newest National Park, the South Downs, and will climb the two highest summits in Hampshire — Butser Hill (270m) and War Down (244m).

North Downs Route

What to bring?


It is essential to carry water and recommended to bring a gel (or something sugary) for extra energy.

We will have a number of stops on route to allow you to catch a breather and have a drink.


We do not have a bag drop so please bring only what you can run with. Please wear trail running shoes and bring a warm layer for after. For a full list click here.

Bring the family

Why not invite family and friends too. There is plenty to do in the area including many child friendly activities at Petersfield Lake.

After the run they are very welcome to join us for a drink/lunch.


This route is dog friendly.



By train:

We will be travelling on the 08:03 train from London Waterloo which arrives into Petersfield at 09:37.

By car:

For drivers the postcode for the start location is GU32 3EE.


Trains back to Waterloo depart at 04 past the hour. We will aim to get on the 14:04.


Please purchase your tickets before the trip. A standard open return to Petersfield is £28.50 or £18.80 with group discount. You can add this discounted option when purchasing your Runaway ticket.

Your guide

Mark Cameron

South Downs trail guide

South Downs local Mark has a background in continuous improvement, has been a successful bodybuilder and written Amazon Bestselling book "The Diary of an Average Runner".

He began running seriously 4 years ago after realising his corporate lifestyle was becoming too comfortable and his health was suffering. He started a 5km training plan and within a year ran his first ultra marathon!

Over time he has realised it's not the distance that makes him enjoy running, but the location, slowing down and enjoying time with others.

Mark is currently enjoying his mountain racing and visiting some fabulous locations home and abroad.

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