This year's competition was held on 1st October 2016 and was the 49th running of the Sussex Downsman Hike! The full results are available on the link in the left margin of each page of the website.

Now we have run an event twice under the "new" format, we'd love to hear your feedback from a competitor's point of view.

Well done to everyone who took part this year. Teams, Service Crews and supporters.


Next year will be the 50th running of the Sussex Downsman Hike. It will also be the 16th Downsman run by the current organisers. We have decided that next year’s event would be a good time for us to retire and let someone else take over this great event.

We’ve had a lot of fun over the years running Downsman and it’s been a great pleasure to see the enjoyment of those taking part, including service crews and checkpoint staff. We are now looking for someone to take over the running of this wonderful event. We have done it with a small team of people who share the jobs involved, although we have it pretty well organised now and it almost runs itself. Our plan is to have the new organisers work with us for the 50th Downsman to help in the handover.

Please send us a message by email to info@downsman.com if you are interested in being involved or if you have any questions about being the new Downsman organiser.


The 2016 event was another big success.

The winners were as follows:

Class A: 1st & 10th Haywards Heath Leaders - 16 hours 38 minutes - a new record
Class B: Glacier ESU - 14 hours 46 minutes
Class E: Glacier ESU - 10 hours 0 minutes
Class E Mixed: Trident ESU - 10 hours 7 minutes - a new record
Class S: 1st Haywards Heath - 6 hours 3 minutes - a new record
Class V: West Sussex County Caving Team - 10 hours 52 minutes
The Waghorne Trophy was awarded to the Service Crew of Team 63, "Beyond The Fringe", 10th Haywards Heath

In addition, 21 teams completed the Open class

Full results will be available soon from the link in the left margin of each page. This currently still shows last year's results.