Please find below some basic instructions on how to get to and from the various points along the challenge. More detailed information will be released closer to the challenge date. If you have any questions in relation to joining and departure advice please let us know.
The start of the Full Distance and 1st Half Distance challenge is between approximately 5:30am – 11:00am (dependant on final numbers) on Saturday 23rd May 2015, at Old Deer Park, Richmond. You will need to register prior to the start of your challenge.
Old Deer Park, Twickenham Road, Richmond, London, TW9 2SF
The start of the challenge is situated to the west of the Richmond Simming Baths, opposite the Richmond Old Deer Car Park off of the A316.
We recommend participants come early to the start of the challenge, so that you leave yourself plenty of time to prepare for your start time and soak up some of the London 2 Brighton Challenge atmosphere. As well as registration, there will also be a charity village where you can go and talk to charity representatives, who will be there to encourage and support you; food stands where you can purchase a breakfast bap and a coffee, music - courtesy of the pre challenge warm up and Action Challenge staff, there to answer any last minute questions you may have.
More detailed information on this will be released in the Joining and Departure Instructions nearer to the time of the challenge.
The nearest tube and railway station to Old Deer Park, Richmond is Richmond Tube Station and Richmond (London) Rail; which is approximately 0.3miles away. We advise, where possible to get the tube, as the most convenient form of transport for the area. Richmond tube station is situated on the District Line and the station is open from 05:40.
There are a number of train services that arrive into one of London’s main railway stations each day - (King’s Cross St. Pancras, London Paddington, London Euston, London Waterloo, London Victoria, London Bridge, London Vauxhall and Clapham Junction).
When booked in advance tickets can be bought at reasonable prices. We do however recommend contacting the train line prior to booking your ticket.
Trains go directly from Reading and Watford Junction to Richmond (London) rail. Richmond is also well connected by the District Line and London Overground.
The 25 km rest stop is at Oaks Park, Croydon Lane, Carshalton, Surrey, SM7 3BA. Supporters are more than welcome to come to thi sstop to cheer you on.
Parking for supporters
The main parking is at, Mayfield Lavender, Fields, Croydon Lane, Banstead, SM7 3BE (this is private parking for this event and a 5 min walk to the rest stop.) If this parking is full there is an overflow car park at Oaks Sports Centre, Woodmansrerne Road, Carshalton, Surrey, SM5 4AN, (10 min walk to stop.)
The nearest train station is Carshalton Beeches Station, Beeches Avenue, Carshalton, London, SM5 3LG, (45 min walk to stop.)
The 1st Half Distance finish / the 2nd Half Distance start is at Tulley's Farm.
Tulley's Farm, Crawley, West Sussex, RH10 4PD.
From here we will be running a complimentary shuttle service to the local train station Three Bridges, from where you can get a direct train back to London. Trains run continually throughout the night, however they are reduced to an hourly service after midnight, so it is worth bearing this in mind if you think you may not complete the course within this time.
There will also be shuttles going to the finish line in Brighton, however these will be on a first come, fist served basis and will leave when required, rather than being a continual service, therefore if you are planning on doing this, we should make you aware that it could involved some waiting time.
We would also like to invite supporters to come along and cheer you on at Plumpton's College, this is the final rest stop before you will take on the South Downs, and can often be the place where you need the biggest cheer on before taking on the final stretch.
Plumpton College, Ditchling Road, Nr Lewes, East Sussex, BN7 3AE.
Parking for supporters,
There is plenty of parking all around the College grounds, so you are welcome to drive up to the college and the marshalls shall show you were to park.
Trains for supporters,
A regular train service runs to Lewes station where a connecting bus to the college can be caught to the College.
The event finish is located at:Brighton Racecourse, Freshfield Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN2 9XZ
Tel. 01273 603580
For information on ‘How to Find Brighton Race Course’ click here.
Departure Advice for Runners
As a runner on the London 2 Brighton Challenge, depending on how fast you are, you should most likely finish somewhere between 3:00pm – 10:00pm (the fastest runner last year took 9hrs 12 mins.)
This should be enough time to be shuttled to the train station and get back to London that day. The last train back to London leaves Brighton at roughly 23:30. If you arrive after this time, there will be a quiet room made available for you to rest, until the shuttle service starts again in time for the morning trains.
We recommend where possible that you ask family or friends to collect you from the finish line, you will be extremely exhausted.
Departure Advice for Walkers
We will be providing shuttle services from Brighton Race Course to Brighton train station from 5am on Sunday, where trains depart for central London stations, this shuttle service will be on a regular basis approximately every 20-30 minutes.
Brighton is approximately an hour away from London by train depending on which service you get. Trains leave Brighton roughly every 15-20mins, with the first train on a Sunday leaving at roughly 5:00am and the last train back to London leaving at approximately 11:45pm. There is one train during the night which is scheduled to leave Brighton for London at 3:50am. For anyone finishing outside of the train running hours there will be a quiet place made available for you to rest.
There will be plenty of parking available for supporters and friends and family who have come to collect you at Brighton Racecourse - parking at the racecourse it free. Participants can come down on the Friday afternoon (from 4:00pm onwards) and leave there car at the racecourse so it is there for when they finish. Anyone taking up this service will be leaving their cars at their own risk.