Y2Y North Downs Trek / Run
Sunday 24 March 2024

The Y2Y North Downs Challenge is now fully booked – if you would like to enquire about a place, please email the Challenge Events team at challenge@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk

Walk it or run it, but don’t miss it!

The Y2Y North Downs Trek/Run will follow the North Downs Way along the beautiful Surrey countryside. Choose between a 26.2 mile Marathon (starting in Guildford) or a 14 mile route (from Ranmore Common) with both routes finishing at YMCA East Surrey in Redhill. Each distance is well-marked with stunning views, undulating landscapes and occasional challenging hills.

Transport to the starting points from Redhill by our volunteer support crew by minibus is also included. We will provide free refreshments at support stops en route as well as showers, changing, parking, cake and coffee at the finish. Each route will have experienced leaders/backmarkers for navigational support. This event is open to ages 18+.

Entry cost

Includes commemorative medal, technical t-shirt, transport to start and three support stops for the full marathon route (incl. bacon roll halfway, plus teas, coffees, energy drinks and a variety of snacks). The 14 mile route has one support stop en route and starts at the marathon halfway point.

Route information

You can view a map of the route on plotaroute.com or by clicking on the links below or by downloading the GPX file.

Y2Y route map (part 1)

Y2Y route map (part 2)


We have a selection of free training walks and runs organised to help you get ready for your challenge. All are welcome to attend, whether you are booked on a YMCA Challenge Event or not.

Fundraising - help to build a brighter future for homeless young people!

To keep event fees affordable, the entry cost solely covers the expenses of organising this event. Whilst there is no minimum fundraising target for Y2Y participants, we encourage and hope that you will be inspired to raise funds for us.

All money raised from our 2024 challenge events will go toward our Life Change Fund set up to help transform young lives in East Surrey.

Last year with your help we raised £80k to acquire and fund the new Y Bus. This new project will offer a mobile YMCA reaching out to areas in need to provide vital services such as detached youth work, play, sport and physical activity.

This year, the Life Change Fund will support our youth housing projects. Currently, 1 in 52 young people are homeless or at risk of homelessness in the UK.*
* CentrePoint Youth Homelessness Databank

In 2024, we will be opening a new move-on accommodation for 6 young people in Redhill. We are aiming to raise £100k through challenge events towards refurbishment costs as well as furniture for individual bedrooms and communal areas.

Your fundraising will help to create a nurturing environment that truly feels like home. Join us in making a difference and opening the doors to a brighter future for young people.

Find out more about our Life Change Fund

Read more about our tips on fundraising or speak to a member of our team who will be more than happy to help you with ideas.

If you prefer the more traditional method of fundraising, please download an official sponsorship form.

Alternatively, you can make a donation to YMCA East Surrey towards the Life Change Fund.

Find out more

The Y2Y North Downs Challenge is now fully booked – if you would like to enquire about a place, please email the Challenge Events team at challenge@ymcaeastsurrey.org.uk

T 01737 779979