Jog Shop Jog

This is an off road race just on  20 miles and covering the tracks and paths of the beautiful  South Downs national park. Features include the North Face, The Yellow Brick Road, The Big W, Death Valley and The Snake. -

The 23rd Annual Jog Shop Jog will take place on Sunday 12th October 2014 at 9:00 am

The Course.

With features of the race like Death Valley, The Snake and The Big W, you could be forgiven for thinking that the Jog Shop Jog takes place in the Wild West rather than the gentle green hills of the South Downs national park in Sussex. Yet, as anyone who has completed the race will testify, those gentle hills are not as easy as they look.

The race covers just over twenty miles, most of this within the quietly beautiful South Downs. Roughly 90% of the course is off-road, with several gates and stiles which competitors have to negotiate.

Runners start the race at the Brighton Marina,in the ASDA carpark and climb to the clifftop up the zig-zag path they then head east towards Rottingdean along the grass where the race drops onto the undercliff for a few hundred metres before using the first tunnel to cross the coast road and head inland through Saltdean. this is also the first waterstation .At the north end it leaves the road and goes off road at the football club and turns right up Pickers hill to the top of the downs.This is a tough hill with 5 miles halfway up.

At the top its right left and cross the beautiful rolling grassland of the downs before dropping down ready to climb The North Face this is short and steep with the second water station at the top (mill hill Rodmell) .

Here we pick up the south downs way left through the twitten and on to the Yellow Brick Road, a mile and a half of concrete road left over from the second world war and all uphill. At the top you are greeted  with spectacular views of the South Downs and the landscape around Lewes, and of course you discover the meaning of life.

A quick right and left and along the escarpment of the downs for a bit and then drop down the first descent of the infamous Big W. to Swanborough Here its left and back up again to the S D W (this is half way at the top) along the escarpment for a bit then down the second descent towards Kingston, Here is the third feed station where you turn sharp left and immediately climb back up to the top  .

Continuing along the S D W past the dew pond and straight on past the reserviour turn left at castle hill a nature reserve to drop down to  Death Valley, a mercifully flat stretch of track  with hills on every side, brings respite from the climbs. past the derelict village of Balsdean flattened as target practice during the war and on to the bottom of The Snake, a long 2 mile grassy track taking us back up to the top again.

Here its a hairpin left and through the back of woodingdean to another reserviour  to pick up the pumping station service road down to rottingdean cross the only road at the crossing and straight up the windmill hill to St Dunstans blind home at ovingdean through the tunnel there to the clifftop and back finishing at the bottom of the zig-zag

Please see the course map and elevation images below to see more details how the race makes its way through the South Downs. Also this link gives a rough idea of the course (the route is drawn quite roughly but gives you an idea of where the race goes). Alternatively, see our photo story (requires Flash) for another look at the race.

Course elevation

Course map



There are three ways to enter the Jog Shop Jog:

  1. By printing the entry form on this website and then posting it to us
  2. By getting one of our paper entry forms (available from The Jog Shop, 39b George Street, Brighton, BN2 1RJ, Tel.01273 675717) and posting it to us
  3. Entering online through Runners World

Entry fees are as follows:

  • £15.00 - UKA affiliated
  • £18.00 - Unattached
  • £20.00 - On the day, by 8:30 am

Please send all entries to:

The Jog Shop
39b George Street
Brighton, BN2 1RJ

The Jog Shop Jog is supported by the following local clubs:



How many finishers are there?

The race typically attracts around 300 competitors.

What is the course record?

The men's course record is held by James Baker and stands at 2:03:41. It was set in 2010. The women's course record was set in 1993 by Danielle Sanderson and stands at 2:22:57.

For the veterans, the men's record is held by Dic Evans who finished the 1996 race in 2:18:30. Jane Boulton holds the women's veteran record of 2:37:48, set in 1999.

What type of footwear is recommended?

Around 90% of the course is off-road, and there are several steep climbs, so shoes with good traction are advisable  if it is wet Trail or fell shoes are ideal, but road shoes will be fine if it is dry

Where are the drinks stations?

There are drinks stations serving both water and energy drink at

  • 3.1 miles ~ Saltdean underpass (Brighton & Hove City A.C.)
  • 6.6 miles ~ Rodmell, North Face (Seaford Striders)
  • 10.25 miles ~ Kingston, base of The Big W (Lewes A.C.)
  • 17 miles ~ The road crossing in Rottingdean (Brighton & Hove City A.C.)
  • The Finish ~ Brighton Marina (Brighton & Hove City A.C.)

All drinks stations offer water and sports drink.

Why do parts of the course have such exotic names, like "The Snake" and "Death Valley"?

The names are those used by local runners for features of the course. Please read Myth & Legend and The Course for more information.

What changing facilities are there?

There are no official changing facilities, so please come prepared to race. Competitors may be able to make use of unofficial facilities at Brighton Marina, if necessary.

Where can I park?

The race starts and finishes at Brighton Marina Car park, so this shouldn't be a problem. If you get there early, you can park right next to the start in the multi-story car park. Be careful about using ASDA car park, as they charge after 3 hours.

What can my friends and family do at Brighton Marina?

Brighton Marina has lots of attractions, including a cinema, numerous restaurants, shops and bars and a bowling alley. For more information, please visit their website.

Can my friends and family follow me by car?

Yes. The best option is to first drive to Saltdean, stopping there to watch the runners go by. From there you can see the race again at the top of the north face   by driving through Newhaven towards Lewes and turn left up the hill at Rodmell  Next, drive back to Lewes, then left towards Brighton, Turn off the road left at Falmer and drive to the top of the hill at Woodingdean and turn first left along Bexhill road. The race passes on the otherside of the grassy bank on the left   Finally, head back to the finish at Brighton Marina.

Are there prizes?

Yes. There is an extensive prize list, including a bonus of £200 for the first man under 2 hours and the first woman under 2 hours 15 minutes. All finishers receive a medal. The first 20 finishers, along with the first 6 women and first 4 veterans all receive prizes. Please note that there is a maximum of one prize per person.

Is there a cut off time?

Any runners not at the start of The Big W (9.5 miles) by 2 hours can if they wish carry straight on no one will mind and it is in no way a falure ,


Myth and Legend.

The Jog Shop Jog has its origins back in the 1970's, when local legends Sam Lambourne, Steve Fortune and Alex Ace Angeli, among others, realised that track workouts wouldn't be enough to get them through the rigours of a full marathon. With a copy of an Ordinance Survey map in hand, a long, challenging route over the South Downs was chosen. The original marathon preparation route took in many of the features of today's course, and, to a large extent, remains unchanged to this day.

As the training route strayed far from human habitation, there were few named landmarks, so the group decided to give memorable sections of the run names of their own.

The first section of the run to be named was The Yellow Brick Road, when Steve Fortune burst into song hallway along this aptly-named oddity. Names for the other landmarks followed soon after.

The race began officially in 1992, which of course meant that it had to be properly measured. Andy Wright undertook this task, covering the entire route by wheel, which took him 9 hours. The course came out at 20 miles, 420 yards.

In 1995, the Belgian Marc De Belder completed the race, writing a humourous account of his adventures which is well worth a read.

Finally, if you would like to see some action shots of the race, have a look at our photo story (requires Flash) for a brief history of the race.