2020 – Blackdown Hill Challenge

The challenge is a trail run through woodland rising some 657ft to the top of Blackdown, the highest point in Sussex and South Downs National Park.

Run to the top of Blackdown Hill, the highest point in both South Downs National Park and Sussex in support of Pavilion2022.

About this Event

The Blackdown Hill Challenge is 5 mile trail run climbing 657ft from Fernhurst Recreation Ground to the top of Blackdown, the highest point in both Sussex and South Downs National Park.

The run is open to individuals and teams.

The annual event is being held in support of Pavilion2022, the village project to build a new sports pavilion in Fernhurst.

There are limited places for the run, entry on the day will only be possible if the field is not full.

Online entry closes at 6pm on 4th April.


1st man and woman overall

1st man and woman from the parish of Fernhurst

1st man and woman over 40

1st team, i.e. best aggregate time for the first 3 in a 4 person team


All those taking part do so at their own risk, the organisers will not be responsible for injury, illness or loss.

By participating you are consenting to the use of your name, gender, age and any photographs taken to be used for promotional or publicity purposes of this and future events associated with Blackdown Hill Challenge and Pavilion2022


How do I enter a team?

Email the Race Director your team name and the names of the 4 in the team.

As runners may be injured or unable to run on the day, it will be possible to make changes at Registration.

Are there minimum age requirements to enter the event?

Yes, minimum age for the run is 14 years.

What will the facilities be?

Showers and changing rooms, refreshments (cafe and bar),

Parking will be in the car park, on the road and playing field.

How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

Email; bhc@pavilion2022.org.uk or phone: 07802151627

Will it be possible to enter on the day?

Yes, but be aware that the cost will be £25.

What’s the refund policy?

No refunds, this event is for charity (No.305368), supporting the project (Pavilion2022) to build a new sports pavilion in for the village.

Do I have to bring my printed ticket to the event?

Ideally yes, although it will be acceptable to see it on your phone.

It is required at registration to collect your vest number.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferable?


What is the route?

The route is from Fernhurst recreation ground meandering through the foothills to the top of Blackdown. The route can be seen here.

Buy tickets by clicking here.