The Butser Challenge supports FitzRoy once again

3rd September 2019

The Butser Hill Challenge is returning to the South Downs on 15 September – and organisers have chosen to support FitzRoy for the third year.

The five-mile challenge, which was founded in 1978, pre-dates the first London Marathon and was one of the first major mass runs. Over the years, the challenge has seen more than £200,000 raised for charities.

Speaking about the challenge and why it proves to be so popular year on year, Race Director Alan Shons said: “This race has been supported by Churcher’s College for some years now and the event would not be the success it is without them. We are pleased to acknowledge the support of other sponsors – Fullers and MacDonald Oates LLP Solicitors.

The generous assistance given by these sponsors plus the efforts of the runners will raise money for this year’s chosen charity, FitzRoy.

The event also caters for children, with a whole morning of junior events, such as a 1k, 2k and 3k, for school years 3-11.

The course is run on the grassy slopes of Butser Hill and provides a challenge even for the serious fell runner. The views across the countryside are stunning when reaching the north side of the hill.

The atmosphere is fun and friendly attracting a wide range of runners of all abilities and ages – last year’s eldest runner was 80.

Community Fundraising Manager of FitzRoy, Jim Apted, said: “Butser Challenge has been wonderful for FitzRoy as the chosen charity over the last couple of years – raising thousands and enabling us to reduce loneliness and isolation for the most vulnerable members of our local community. Please support the Butser challenge and help us to transform more lives.”

To sign up for the challenge, please click here.