“THREE FORTS CHALLENGE IS ON IN 2021” - New Date & Covid safe
We are happy to announce that both races, Marathon and Half Marathon will go ahead on the new date of Sunday 23 May 2021. Our team are working hard behind the scenes to ensure this event will be run according to UKA guidance in a COVID safe way.
All entrants from last year have been entered automatically. The number of entrants are limited this year to 300 in each race, marathon and half marathon.
Entries opened on 1st September 2020 and quickly began to fill. Entry fees are unchanged at Marathon £40 and Half Marathon £36. The 3FC Team are hoping to add a virtual 3FC for those who are unable to take part on the rearranged date. We also hope to be able to set up a virtual 3FC for those who have not been able to secure a race place for 23 May 2021. The website is being updated to reflect these changes.
The marathon is particularly tough and has a 6-hour limit so those who are without marathon experience, should consider entering the half-marathon.
Mike Airey, 3FC Race Director, on behalf of the 3FC committee https://www.threefortschallenge.org.uk/
Known as "The Tough One" the Three Forts Marathon (approximately 27.2 miles) includes a total of c. 3450 ft of climb with stiles and rough tracks underfoot. The route runs northwards from Hill Barn to Cissbury Ring, then eastwards towards Coombs then to Botolphs and the River Adur crossing. The route then goes to Devil’s Dyke and back to the River Adur. It continues on the South Downs Way to Chanctonbury Ring, where it swings south-west to Findon Park Farm. It stays on public bridleways to Cissbury Ring and back to Hill Barn.
The Half Marathon, with a total climb of c.1450, takes a shorter route to Steyning Bowl and picks up the last part of the Marathon route. The map shows the route in more detail and can be used in conjunction with the appropriate OS map.
The routes will be clearly signposted and marshals will be placed at key places. In addition, there will be eleven Aid Stations spaced along the route providing refreshments and support to entrants. The start/finish is on the Recreation Ground at Hill Barn, Worthing.
There are changing and toilet facilities at Hill Barn and refreshments are available (food and drink). We will not have our usual massage service available in 2021 because of our Covid safe arrangements. All runners and who complete the course will receive a 3FC medal and special 2020/2021 T-shirt.