Sport Systems

About this run

The third official running of the Moyleman Marathon takes place on Sunday 12th March 2017.

The event is a challenging South Downs run, around the beautiful and demanding hills that surround the town of Lewes. Named in remembrance of the Brighton runner Chris Moyle who inspired many with his love of tough Downland runs and the joy of life, and who died aged just 42 in 2009.

Starting from Landport Bottom on the western end of Lewes, the run takes in the peaks of Black Cap, Castle Hill, Firle Beacon, and Mt Caburn. It may be unique in allowing runners to see the entire course at these high points as they progress around the route.

With over 3,000 feet of climb, and some steep descents, this is a hard run for relatively experienced runners.

The course record was set in 2015 by local runner Mike Ellicock, who completed the course in a barely believable 3 hours – he went on that year to set the world record for running a marathon carrying a 20lb pack.  We are asking for runners who can complete the race within around 5 and a half hours.

The run finishes fittingly for a Lewes run in Harveys Brewery Yard - and for all runners there is a celebratory pint, donated by the brewery.  Plus food, coffee, and massages for tired legs.

You will have the support of a great band of local marshals, but care and an ability to follow marker posts will be needed. We have lead bikes and tail bikes to shepherd the leaders and the final finishers.

We see this as a run for those who love running, love the Downland landscape and want to experience all that the hills can throw at them. And throw it back with passion. 

In March the weather can be anything from snow to glorious hot sunshine, from a gentle breeze to a sharp blast from the seas.  You will need to be prepared.

We also offer a relay option - with the halfway point at Southease YHA and railway station.

Entries are limited… so get booking!