Classes

All team members must be members of the Scout Association or Girlguiding UK. 

Open

The Open Class is very well supported and is partiularly popular with Cubs and younger Scouts, especially those with limited hiking experience.

Distance 12 miles
Route Westmeston to Itford
Start times Between 10:00 and 12:00
Time allowed Up to 10 hours to complete the distance
Age restrictions Open to all ages. Teams with under 12s must be accompanied by a DBS cleared responsible adult who will form part of the team
Team composition Minimum of 3 to a maximum of 6 people to a team. Walking together, all teammates complete the distance
Awards This is a non-competitive class, aimed at those wanting to gain experience of hiking over this distance.  There is no ‘Class’ trophy, however a medal is awarded to to everyone who completes the hike.

 Class S

Class S is ideal for Scouts with the skills and confidence required to hike in a team without an adult.

Total Route Distance 25 miles. Each person in the team will hike approximately three quarters of the total distance.
Route Westmeston to Eastbourne
Start times Between 08:00 and 10:00
Time allowed Up to 16 hours to complete the total distance
Age restrictions Minimum combined age of 48 years, when only whole years are added together. Each individual must be less than 14 years and a half years of age.
Team composition 4 people to a team, with only 3 hiking at any one time – the fourth will be rested and transported to the next designated Service Area with the Team’s Service Crew. When at a designated Service Area, the rested person will rejoin their team, swapping places with a teammate whose turn it is to rest next
Awards The ‘Long Man’ trophy is presented to the team that completes the route in the fastest time. The ‘Pegasus Plate’ is awarded to the team that completes the route in the fastest time without running, ie walking only. A Downsman medal is awarded to everyone who completes the hike

 Class E

Class E is very popular with Explorers. Age rules do allow for older Scouts to enter, but please be mindful of the physical demands of the route

Total Route Distance 38 miles. With the rest sections, each person will hike less than the total distance
Route Steyning Bowl to Eastbourne
Start times Between 09:00 & 10:00
Time allowed Up to 18 hours to complete the hike
Age restrictions Minimum combined team age of 48 years and a maximum combined team age of 62, only whole years are added together. Each individuals must be under 18 years old
Team composition 4 people to a team, with only 3 hiking at any one time – the fourth will be rested and transported to the next designated Service Area with the Team’s Service Crew. When at a designated Service Area, the rested person will rejoin their team, swapping places with a teammate whose turn it is to rest next
Awards The ‘Chief Scout’s’ trophy is presented to the team that completes the route in the fastest time. A Downsman medal is awarded to everyone who completes the hike

Class B

Class B is generally targeted at older Explorer teams

Total Route Distance 55 miles. With the rest sections, each person will hike less than the total distance
Route Bignor Hill to Eastbourne
Start times Between 0600 and 0630
Time allowed Up to 20 hours to complete the hike
Age restrictions Minimum combined team age of 48, only whole years are added together. All individuals must be under 18 years old
Team composition 4 people to a team, with only 3 hiking at any one time – the fourth will be rested and transported to the next designated Service Area with the Team’s Service Crew. When at a designated Service Area, the rested person will rejoin their team, swapping places with a teammate whose turn it is to rest next.
Awards The “Boot” trophy will be presented to the fastest team to complete the hike. A Downsman medal is awarded to everyone who completes the hike

Class A

This is generally targeted at older Explorers and any adult members of the Scout Association, including Leaders and members of Network

Total Route Distance 55 miles
Route Bignor Hill to Eastbourne
Start times Between 0600 and 0630
Time allowed Up to 24 hours to complete the hike
Age restrictions Open to all ages. Minimum combined team age of 48 years, only whole years are added together
Team composition 3 people to a team. All teammates to walk the entire distance together
Awards The ” Steve Valder Silver Cup” is presented to the team that completes the route in the fastest time. A Downsman medal is awarded to everyone who completes the hike

Class V

Class V (Veterans) is targeted at “mature” adult members of the Scout Association

Total Route Distance 38 miles
Route Steyning Bowl to Eastbourne
Start times Between 0840 and 0900
Time allowed Up to 18 hours to complete the hike
Age restrictions Open to all ages. Minimum combined team age of 100 years, only whole years are added together
Team composition 3 people to a team. All teammates to walk the entire distance together
Awards The “Three Bridges” trophy will be presented to the fastest team to complete the hike. A Downsman medal is awarded to everyone who completes the hike