19/05/19 | Entry closed for 2019

20k Challenge

Take in the stunning scenery of the South Downs in our tough and gruelling 20k route

20k Challenge summary

This event is open to anyone over the age of 17 yrs old - this route is a favourite with Clanfield Joggers and will be a challenge for all runners incorporating several climbs before the most challenging long climb up the furthest path to Butser Hill.

This is an inclusive 20km trail run which offers fantastic scenery from one of the highest points in Hampshire and along the South Downs with views to the north and East Meon. The course will follow off road footpaths and bridal ways and metalled roads with limited Tarmac road sections. Each competitor will receive a finisher’s medal and goodies at the finish line.

20k Challenge rules

What type of run is this?

Each run has different terrain:

  • 20k route - Mainly trails with some roads
    This route would be best described as tough and most of the difficult terrain is found within the first 9km. The road portion of the route will be fairly quiet on a Sunday morning, but care should taken on approach to Queen Elizabeth country park where running will be close to the A3 - please be aware of cars, tractors, walkers, cyclists and horses at all times.

Each route web page has its own map showing the full race locations. Please feel free to run the route prior to the day should you wish to learn more about the terrain.

Race start

The 20k starts on North Lane in Clanfield. 

Runners in the 20k race are requested to collect at the front of the start pack. Once the 20k runners have cleared the start 12k runners and 5k runners will be moved up to the start line for their respective races.

Available entries

In order to ensure safety around the start and finish of the races, we have limited number of entries (1,000 in total) per race as follows:

  • 1k - 150 entries
  • 2k - 150 entries
  • 5k - 200 entries
  • 12k - 300 entries
  • 20k - 200 entries

Entries for the race close on 13th May 2019 - please ensure you get your entry in before Monday 13th May 2019.


Registration will be spread over two days, it would be very helpful if any runners who live in or close to Clanfield take up the option of early registration on the Saturday 18th May to ease congestion on the day. If you are a family competing in several races, one family member can collect all registrations.

The registration on Saturday 18th will be from 10:00 to 14:00 at the Clanfield Sports and Community Centre off Green Lane (post code PO8 0YF). There is parking and café facilities at the centre.

The remaining race numbers will be available for collection on the day at South Lane Meadow, post code PO8 0RY starting at 08:00 and closing at 10:30.

If you have any medical conditions that you are aware of please inform us before the race and write you condition down on the back of your race number.

The chips for the race timing are not attached to the race number this year, and will need to be attached to the runners shoe with ties provided. These will be given to you at registration along with your number.

To ease congestion on the finish line, t-shirts in the pre-ordered size will be given to each runner when registering, by showing your number at the t-shirt station on Saturday or Sunday.

Entries on the day will not be accepted.

Race HQ

Race HQ can be found on South Lane Meadow

South Lane Meadow
South Lane, Clanfield,


Ample free parking will be available on the day at South Lane Meadow, Clanfield Memorial Hall and the surrounding roads.

If you are running with friends or loved ones, we ask that you share cars where possible to avoid any congestion or disruptions to the local community on the morning of the race.

Changing/Bag drop

Limited changing facilities will be available in Clanfield Memorial Hall.

We would advise that most runners come prepared, ready for the race to ease the use of these facilities.

Bag drop will be available on South Lane Meadow (Race HQ).


Portable toilets will be available onsite at South Lane Meadow.

Limited facilities are available in Clanfield Memorial Hall. There are also public toilets at the Rising Sun pub, just past the church, approaching the junction in old Clanfield.

Race times

All races have different start times to reduce congestion at the beginning of each run and to allow spectators to watch you all easily.

  • 1k race - 9:30
  • 2k race - 9:50
  • 20k race - 10:40
  • 12k race - 11:00
  • 5k race - 11:20

Please ensure you (or your children) are ready at the start line at least 10 mins before the race start. 

Where is the start and finish?

All of the Clanfield Challenge routes end in Clanfield South Lane Meadow. The start for the 1k and 2k is also in the South Lane Meadow. The start for the 5k, 12k and 20k routes is on North Lane, Clanfield.

Race number and chip timing

Your Race Number and Chip Timing tag will be available to collect on Saturday 18th from Clanfield Sports & Community Centre (more information to follow). There is plenty of parking.

The remaining race numbers will be available for collection on race day at South Lane Meadow, post code PO8 0RY starting at 08:00 and closing at 10:30.

Your race number must be pinned to the FRONT of your (your childs') vest or T-shirt and the tag attached to your shoe with the tags provided. Tags will be removed by our race volunteers on the finish line.

Failure to show or wear your race number may result in disqualification from the race.

Water stations

Water will be availble for all 20k, 12k and 5k runners are shown on the race maps. Locations are as follows:

  • 5k/20k route - At the meeting point of Green Lane, Chalton Lane and the Rooks Way
  • 20k route - At the top of Butser Hill (of course)
  • 12k/20k route - At the Sustainability Centre on the South Downs Way
  • 12k/20k route - On Hambledon Road Farm

Drinks will also be provided at the end of the race.

Refreshments will also be available to buy from South Lane Meadow before and after the race.


Headsets/Headphones are not recommended to be worn on any of the Clanfield Challenge routes. It is crucial that you are able to hear directions from Race Marshalls and Volunteers.

Please look after one another and report an incident to a marshall as soon as you become aware of any accident or injury.

Medical Assistance

First Aid posts are situated at the start / finish area.


A vehicle will be available to pick up entrants who are unable to complete the course and will return them to the start/finish area. If you do drop out it is important you assist us by reporting your name and race number to one of our marshals.

If you have any medical conditions that you are aware of please inform us before the race and write you condition down on the back of your race number.

Race finish/Results

Chip timing is being used for the run, please ensure you run over the timing mats at the start and finish line

You need to ensure that your race number is visible and that you have your chip timing tag attached to your show, and cross the finish line as directed to ensure your time is recorded. You will be presented with a medal and goodies after completing the race.

There is a water station after the finish.

Where possible we will display live (provisional) results on the day (on South Lane Meadow near the finish line). Final results will then be posted on this website as soon as possible.

Awards Presentation

The award presentation will take place at roughly 12:30pm

Race Day Map

Clanfield Challenge Race Map

20k Challenge Route

Clanfield Challenge 20k route

See the entry list View route on Strava

Our race supporters

We'd like to thank all our supporters for their donations, help with organisation and sponsorship.

About the race

The Clanfield Challenge is made up of 5 individual race routes - a 20 kilometre, 12 kilometre, 5 kilometre, 2 kilometre and 1 kilometre race. All are based in Clanfield, Hampshire and the money generated by the races are to be used to fund local community projects in and around the Clanfield area. So, read on, sign up and support your local community!

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