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The NBH 10 Challenge - Balcombe to Brighton Marathon - 26 miles (41.8km)


The NBH 10 Challenge

"10 Marathons in 10 Months, in 10 Hours"

Marathon No. 6 - July 2014


Balcombe to Brighton Marathon Walk

(Ending with Fish & Chips on Brighton beach)
26 miles miles (41.8km)
The goal is the lively town of Brighton and the sea, but first we will head for the Ouse Valley Viaduct, and then continue south with beautiful views of the South Downs ridge before passing through the pretty village of Ditchling, walk over Ditchling Beacon (snack stop) and the stunning views of the South Downs landscape, through Stanmer Village (Tea Rooms lunch stop) before walking through Stanmer Park and the University of Sussex to Falmer, crossing Brighton Racecourse and onto Brighton.
Our walk will end in Brighton were we will walk along the promenade and maybe a dip in the sea (swimwear) if the weather is good, and be rewarded with a Pint and Fish & Chips on Brighton beach, and lovely sea views.
Balcombe (Ouse Valley) Viaduct
The Ouse Valley Viaduct is an icon of Sussex. Built in 1841 by John Rastrick, it is a magnificent structure with 37 arches, set amidst the beautiful rolling countryside of Sussex. The viaduct - which took over 11 million bricks to build, approximately 1,500 feet in length and 100 feet high, - will be familiar to anyone who has taken the London to Brighton train. And it looks even better from ground level!
View from Ditchling Beacon
Ditchling Beacon commands a place as the third highest point on the South Downs at 814ft (248m) with panoramic views, because of its defensive position it was also the site of an early Iron Age Hill fort.
Level: Intermediate (8/10)
Walk Pace: Medium to Fast (2.5mph)
Length: 26 miles (41.8km)
Duration: 10hrs (includes rest stops)
Start: Balcombe Station

End: Brighton Station

Walks & Mileage Chart:
The purpose of the Walk & Mileage chart is for you to keep track of your walks and distances covered. Your total distance covered will enter you into an exclusive Club 100, Club 300 and Club 500.
This is exclusive to NBH and offers a great prize for each Club.
Food: Pack lunch/Snacks
Meeting Time: 7.15am.
Train departs from London Bridge at 07.42 and arrives at Balcombe Station 08.21am. Returning to London Bridge at 20.30.
Meet: Tooley Street entrance leading to platforms 1-6
Cost: £20 based on 30% discount for 3-9 adults sharing, on a "First Come First Share" basis. (Return rail travel, PayPal, NBH costs and Organiser's fee).
NOTE: Please remember to change your RSVP if you are no longer able to make the event. No shows are recorded and may affect your RSVP status for future events. After three “no shows” you may be moved to the waiting list for events that are full.
Things to bring:
Pack Lunch, Energy snacks and Water
Swimwear / Sandles
Walking shoes / Boots
Compeed blister plasters
Spare boot laces
Waterproof clothing (Jacket and trousers)
Suitable clothing for walking (no jeans)
Warm tops (layers)
Money (cash for lunch and drinks)
Camera (optional)
2014 Marathon Walks:
February – Seven Sisters
March – North Downs Way
April – Lewes
May – Hangers Way (Extended)
June – South Downs Way
July – Brighton
August – The Chilterns
September – To be decided
October – To be decided
November – London
NOTE: The above monthly marathon walks are subject to change due to weather conditions, transport, etc…
Also, if members miss any of the marathons walks they can contact me at: and if there are enough people wanting to repeat a marathon walk I will arrange the walk at a later date.
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