Plod - South Downs Way | Charity Walk | Action Medical Research

South Downs Way

It’s midnight. Most people are asleep. But not you.

You’ve got a map, a torch, some hiking shoes and you’re ready to do battle. Ready to face the ultimate challenge. The challenge that will try to break you.

PLOD is a gruelling 40 mile midnight hike that will push you to your limits. Think you can walk? Think again. This endurance challenge is tough, muddy, painful and a hell of a lot of fun.

Perfect for team bonding or for taking on your very own personal challenge. Walk it solo or with your friends, colleagues or family.

You’ll need stamina and determination to get you through but once you’ve hit the finish line the sense of accomplishment is unbeatable.

Welcome to the PLOD elite. 


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Key information

Team registration fee: £150.00 per team
Team fundraising target: £1,500.00 per team
Individual registration fee: £38.00
Individual fundraising target: £375.00

Facts and figures

64k 40 miles
1,500m 4,900ft
82,000 steps
5,000 calories

Choose your challenge

Team challenge

PLOD is ideal for companies looking for a lively way to put staff through their paces. Team building is vital to the success of any organisation and provides many benefits to companies. It boosts staff morale, builds employee confidence and loyalty and allows development of relationships across all levels of the organisation.

Your squad of four will prepare, fundraise and train together. Not forgetting your support crew – each team will need a dedicated driver who will meet you at checkpoints along the route to provide supplies and cheer you on.

You’ll have to work together from start to finish, testing your stamina and determination, to complete this challenge of a lifetime.

Tackle it solo

If you’re looking for a challenge you can take on solo then this is the one for you. Plod is tough but achievable. You can head out alone but have the full support of our crew all along the way at each checkpoint.

Going it alone means you can set your own pace, walking as fast or slow as you’d like. And you can set your own goal, completing the challenge in a time you are happy with.

It takes a lot of mental determination and strength but once you reach that finish line you’ll have achieved your very own personal challenge.

About the PLOD - South Downs Way

At the stroke of midnight you’ll begin your challenge at the ancient site of Devil’s Dyke, just north of Brighton. You’ll trek through some of the most challenging and breathtaking landscapes the South Downs has to offer, past beautiful Lewes Castle, through the picturesque village of Alfriston and over the famous Seven Sisters cliffs. After watching the sun rise, you will push on through the next day, to the finish line at Beachy Head, Eastbourne, to complete an adventure you will never forget. 

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Try one of our other PLOD events

The PLOD team challenge will push you hard and it will hurt as you and your team mates hit the hills on an awesome midnight trek. Take on one of our 40 milers along the South Downs Way or Cotswold Way or choose the roughness and toughness of our 50km route through the Mourne Mountains of Northern Ireland.

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