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Moyleman Marathon

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 41 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. That said, for some this has been their first marathon distance, so it can be done.

The course record was broken in 2019, with James Turner of Lewes AC completing the course in 2:47:39, taking 12 minutes off an already remarkable 3 hour time. 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 from Circa, 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 - and wind anything from a gentle breeze to a sharp blast from the seas.

We also offer a relay option for a team of two people - with the halfway point at Southease YHA and railway station. The cost of that is c £50 for the pair.

Entries are limited to 250 individuals and 50 relay teams of two. Places will be released in October 2019. You can register for notification of when places are releases from our eventbrite page

Race dateSunday 15th March 2020
Starting time10:00am
VenueWallands CP School, Lewes, East Sussex
FacilitiesRegistration and briefing Wallands CP School, Gundreda Road
Race limit250
Entry fee£35.00
PrizesEngraved pint glass and free pint of Harveys and freshly cooked pizza to all who finish
OrganiserRob Read
Event websiteVisit website

Race details last updated on Tuesday 23rd April 2019 a 2:41pm.


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