Big Hike South Coast

Two Big Hike ladies hiking with walking sticks and smiling

Take on the South Coast hiking challenge

Date: Saturday 29 June 2024
Location: the South Coast, East Sussex
Distances: half and full marathon hikes

Join us for a one-day walking adventure exploring stunning coastlines, spectacular cliffs and beautiful rivers.

Choose your hiking distance, walk together or go solo and support life-saving science.

We’ll share details about our 2025 events very soon. Fill in the form below to be the first to know when registrations open: 

Register your interest for Big Hike 2025

Check out your official time below. To find your name, select the right distance (10k, half or full marathon). Then, click on "advanced", enter your last name or your hiking number on the "filter" tab, and click "apply".

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Click on your name to download your certificate. 

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Whether you go solo and meet new people or walk with friends and family, we’re with you every step of the way. You’ll experience stunning landscapes, see incredible views and end with a finish line celebration, all whilst supporting life-saving science.

To help you get ready for the big day you’ll receive:

  • A training plan and kit checklist
  • A fundraising guide full of ideas, tips and resources
  • Your own online giving page
  • Access to our Facebook group to connect with your fellow hikers

What you get when taking part

Training support:

Whether you’re an experienced hiker or just starting out, we're here to help you prepare for the big day. Head to our Information Hub to get a training plan for your distance, tips on nutrition and a checklist for the day.

Fundraising:

Your entry fee covers the cost of putting on the event. But it doesn't stop there. The money you raise will help us change the lives of people affected by cancer. To help you reach your fundraising target we’ve got lots of advice, tips and fundraising materials - start by checking out your Big Hike fundraising guide.

If you have a place with us and are struggling with your fundraising, please get in touch; there’s lots we can do to help. Visit our FAQs to find out more.

Entry pack:

Before the big day you will receive an entry pack with details of your event and arrival time, a CRUK t-shirt, your hiking number and a back sign. The sign can be attached to the back of your t-shirt to show who your Big Hike is for. Your pack should arrive no later than one month after your registration date.

Start/finish venue: Alfriston Camping Park, Pleasant Rise Farm, Polegate, BN26 5TN

We strongly recommend you use the following 'What 3 Words' link to find the precise location of your Big Hike venue: //what3words.com/tidal.forever.duck (link is external)

Parking: You’ll be able to park your car at the start venue for the duration of your Big Hike, with free car parking available to all Big Hike participants. 

Public transport: The closest train station to the start/finish venue is Berwick (Sussex). Please visit the National Rail website for full timetables.

Accessibility: The start/finish venue is wheelchair-friendly, but the course is not. If you're taking part in the Big Hike and wish to bring a carer with you, please ask your carer to call 0300 123 0770 and we can talk them through the process.

Arrival time: Please report to Alfriston Camping Park as close to your allocated arrival time as possible. We’ll email you a reminder of your time as soon as you’ve signed up. 

Now you’ve planned your travel and arrival (above), here are some other bits of information to know for the day:

Safety and security:  

  • You’ll receive a safety briefing before starting your Big Hike. 
  • There won’t be any lockers, so pack light but remember your 2 litre water bottle fully filled when you arrive at the event. Check out our training guide to get your on-the-day checklist. 

Facilities and support:  

  • Toilets and first aid services will be available at the start and finish areas, and at support points along the route.  
  • Water refill points, hot drinks and snacks will be provided at the support points.  
  • Full marathon participants will receive lunch at the second support point, followed by a hot meal at the finish. Half marathon participants will receive a hot meal at the finish. We'll send you an email around one month before your event to ask for your dietary requirements. Dietary requirements will also be catered for on the day.
  • You’ll notice a little chip device attached to your hiker number. This is so you’ll be able to view your personalised time after your hike. Please make sure that you don't bend your hiker number at any time. 
  • Dogs are not allowed, except service dogs.

Don't forget: 

  • Read our FAQs for more information about Big Hike. 
  • Bring your Cancer Research UK t-shirt, back sign and hiking number and don’t forget to add your emergency details to the back of your hiking number. 
  • Check the weather forecast for your Big Hike day, and pack appropriately for the conditions.   
  • Weather conditions can change throughout the day. Stay sun-safe using sunscreen with at least SPF 30 and 4 or 5 stars.

Full marathon route:

  • The marathon is a circular, clockwise route. You'll climb a total of 2,468 ft during your hike. You'll head along the South Downs Way, then track along the stunning South Coast passing the Birling Gap and Seven Sisters cliffs, before exploring the Cuckmere River back to the event hub. 
  • Support points: this route has three support points where you'll find refreshments, snacks and toilets.
  • How long it will take: we estimate fast walkers will finish in around 7 hours whilst slower walkers could take around 12 hours. 
  • Route elevationSee the full marathon elevation chart

Half marathon route: 

  • The half marathon is a linear route. You'll climb a total of 1,297 ft during your hike. You'll hike along the South Downs Way, then track along the stunning South Coast passing the Birling Gap and Seven Sisters cliffs, before exploring the Cuckmere River and the Vanguard way back to the event hub. Please report to the Event Hub on arrival (Alfriston Camping Park). You will then board a complimentary coach that will bring you to the starting point of your hike. You will then hike your way back to the Event Hub where you parked your car. 
  • Support points: the route has one support point where you'll find refreshments, snacks and toilets.
  • How long it will take: we estimate fast walkers will finish in around 3.5 hours whilst slower walkers could take around 7 hours. 
  • Route elevationSee the half marathon elevation chart

Our marshalls and volunteers will be there to assist you all along the two routes. All routes are fully signposted so all you need to do is lace up your hiking boots, take in the extraordinary views of the South Coast and fundraise for life-saving research!

Our Big Hikes can be challenging but don't worry; we'll send you lots of training tips and route information to help you prepare. Head over to our Information Hub to learn more. 

*Please note that the routes are subject to change.

Why hike for Cancer Research UK?

Catherine Big Hike

Catherine and 11 family members took part in the Big Hike challenge in 2023. They hiked in memory of her husband Adrian, who died from bowel cancer, and his mother June, who died from lung cancer.

When I read about The Big Hike I knew this was the perfect challenge. The day was so poignant and yet brilliant too. Just to be out in breath-taking countryside surrounded by everyone who loved Adrian and June was incredible. I’d thoroughly recommend it to anyone who is thinking of doing it this year. For those of us who took part, it was the ideal way of honouring them both and to help do our bit to help fund life-saving research.

The difference your money makes

£150 could pay for a day of the clinical trial of the iKnife for breast cancer removal surgery

£150 could pay for a day of the clinical trial of the iKnife for breast cancer removal surgery

£200 could fund our team of cancer nurses for an hour, offering confidential support and guidance

£200 could fund our team of cancer nurses for an hour, offering confidential support and guidance

£500 could fund a lab technician for a week, bringing us closer to the next cancer research breakthrough

£500 could fund a lab technician for a week, bringing us closer to the next cancer research breakthrough

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