2023 North Downs Challenge

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Take on the North Downs Challenge

Pick your fundraising option and select CRUK today to help fund life-saving cancer research

Use codes 23SPRING50 (50km) / 23SPRING25 (25km) to get money off your Charity registration fee

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Got your own place?

Request a sponsorship pack and join our team.

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Take on the North Downs Challenge setting out from the Guilford basecamp, and a looped 50 km route which takes in some of the best of the Surrey hills, the North Downs Way, and the surrounding countryside. A route with real variety and some wonderful scenery & views – and easily accessible from London!

Walk, jog or run the course, and choose from the full 50km challenge or even a 25km challenge–it’s your challenge, your way!

Starting at the basecamp near Guilford (you can stay in the ‘optional University accommodation’ on Friday before the Challenge, and /or on Saturday afterwards) you set out Saturday morning for a continuous 50km challenge – finishing back at in Guilford. You’ll get full support all the way – and there are 3 rest stops en route.

Your entry includes free food and drink at regular rest stops, plus support including medics, marshals and massage. As you cross the finish line, you’ll get a glass of fizz, t-shirt, and a medal to commemorate your achievement

Sign Up & Fundraising Options

1. Charity Sponsorship – you pay a small registration fee, do lots of fundraising and we cover the cost of your event place! As we are an official Charity Partner – you get 25% off the standard reg fee.

2. Mixed Funding – pay half of the event place cost yourself, fundraise a bit less and we pay the balance of the event place cost. As we are an official Charity Partner – you get 10% off standard the reg fee.

3. Self Fund –  you pay the full cost of the event place - fundraise whatever you want,  with no set target or deadline, and there’s no cost at all to the charity!


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Training plans and advice

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Get a cheering pack

Our pack includes Cancer Research UK branded banner, clapper boards, cheering sticks, balloons, tattoos and running sacks. To get yours, email supporter.services@cancer.org.uk or call 0300 123 5461.