Race information

Course Map

This multi-terrian race is an undulating route through the beautiful Downlands countryside in Berkshire. The race will start and finish on the playing field at: The Downs School, Compton, Newbury, West Berkshire RG20 6AD.

Downlands Dash Course (Windmill Route) Map

There will be 2 water stations along the route.

Getting Here

By car – From the M4, leave at junction 13, and head northbound on the A34.  Take the exit towards East Ilsley / Compton.

Plenty of parking is available in the school car park.

By train – Nearest train stations are Didcot and Newbury (both 10 miles away, taxi ranks at each) and at Goring (6 miles away).

By bus – Bus services to Compton are limited.  For information on buses from Didcot and Newbury, phone Newbury Buses on 01635 567500.

Race Day

The registration desk will be in the Terrapin building next to the sport field, behind The Downs School buildings.  There will be plenty of signs so you can find us.   It will be open from 8:00 – 9:00am.  Here you can collect your race numbers, timing chip and enter on the day (subject to availability).

Your race will start at 9:15am. 

PLEASE NOTE: The start time of the race has changed from previous years.  We are optimistic it will be great sunny summer.  We have moved the start time forward so that you can enjoy your run in the cooler part of the day.

Race Restrictions

Maximum number of runners = 300

Course unsuitable for wheelchairs, bicycles, prams, pushchairs or dogs

Runners must be 16 years or over.

Race Timing and Results

The race will be chip timed by Rogue Racer.  Live results will be displayed at the finish line and online after the race.


Plenty of toilets are available in the school and sports hall.  Please follow the signs or ask a marshal for directions.


Spectators are welcome to the school sports field and around the course.  Noisy supporters at the finish are strongly encouraged!


An unsecured area will be provided for competitors to leave personal effects at their own risk.


Teas, coffees, soft drinks and water are available during the event.