It has to be said that Downsman 2013 was almost perfect. It was dry. It wasn't hot. It wasn't cold. Once again, we had more people in more teams enter than the previous year, and 92% of those who started the hike went home with a medal for completing the event. Well done to everyone, and hope you all enjoyed the day as much as we did. The final results are below.

This year's competition will be on 4th October 2014 and will be the 47th running of the Sussex Downsman Hike! Entry details and forms are now available from the links around the site.


Please download and read the event Handbook from the links on this website. There have been some minor clarifications of rules that have caused issues in the past, but no substantive changes. In the event of contradictions between the Handbook and this website, the Handbook will prevail.


If you are able to offer assistance with the running of the event, please get in touch with the organisers. We particularly need people willing to man a checkpoint (particularly owners of off road vehicles for the awkward ones).

Additionally, if your company would like to get involved in sponsorship of the event, please ask for our sponsors pack.


The 2013 event was another big success, with the highest number of entrants since 1989.

The winners were as follows:

Class A: No winner
Class B: Glacier ESU - 14 hours 41 minutes
Class C: 1st Burgess Hill - Pyecombe in 15 hours 36 minutes
Class E: Glacier ESU - 10 hours 21 minutes
Class E Mixed: Arctic Fox - 12 hours 58 minutes - A NEW RECORD
Class S: 1st Roffey - 5 hours 59 minutes
Class V: 150 South Downs Express - 10 hours 31 minutes

In addition, 13 teams completed the Open class

Full results are available on the link in the left margin.

I have also noted that one individual has won Class S, E and B in the last three years. Class A this year, Rob?