Butser Hill Challenge

Sunday 28th  September 2014

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Butser Hill at 889’ is the highest  point on the South Downs, overlooking the town of Petersfield and is the natural heart of the South Downs National Park.

 

Part of the Queen Elizabeth Country Park, Butser Hill is set close to the A3 road and the railway line which runs from London to Portsmouth, It  has, since the iron age, been an important landmark in Southern England, whilst acting as a historic signalling point for sending messages to and from the capital.

 

Founded in 1978 as one of the first major - and toughest - mass runs, this event pre-dated the first London Marathon and was well before both the Great North Run and Great South Run.  It has raised in excess of £200,000 for charities over the years.

 

In 2012  the event raised in excess of £5,500 for the MND Association    

 

In 2013  the event raised in excess of £4,000 for Home-Start Butser     

 

For 2014  we have again chosen to support  Home-Start Butser     http://www.homestart-butser.org.uk/   reg charity No 1140692  

 

 

 

This is a demanding grade B Short Fell run with three steep ascents and descents of Butser Hill. Hopefully the weather on the day will be kind and give the runners the chance to enjoy the magnificent views of the surrounding countryside.

The event  has a whole morning of Junior events for School years 4 – 12 starting at 10:00 culminating in the approx 5 mile senior race at 12.30.

The course is run on the grassy slopes of Butser and provides a challenge even for the serious fell runner. The views across the countryside are stunning when you reach the north side of the hill.

The atmosphere is fun and friendly attracting  a wide range of runners of all abilities.  . The senior event of 5m attracts runners of all abilities. Last year’s eldest runner was 73.

 

This race has been supported by Churchers College for some years now and the event would not be the success it is without them. .  We are pleased to acknowledge the support of  other sponsors -   Fullers, MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors and Alton Sports. The generous assistance given by these sponsors plus the efforts of the runners will raise money for this year’s chosen charity ;

Home-Start Butser     http://www.homestart-butser.org.uk/   reg charity No 1140692  

 

    

 

For entry forms and info please see the links above

 

Alan Shons      -   Event organiser