2022 registration opening soon!

See more photos from the 2021 event here.

 Take on the 16-mile YMCA DownsLink Challenge from Horsham to Shoreham-by-Sea and help us put young people experiencing homelessness back on the path to independence.

Linking Sussex to Surrey, the Downs Link pathway is how our YMCA got its name! Every night we provide a safe home to over 750 young people in your community. Each and every one has faced serious challenges in their lives. By walking or running the Downs Link pathway, you will help us give young people the skills they need to create a brighter, independent future.

Step out with us and together we can tackle youth homelessness!


YMCA DownsLink Challenge details

Date: 2022 date coming soon! 

Location: The Downs Link bridleway between Horsham and Shoreham-by-Sea

Distance: 17 miles

Terrain: Mostly flat


Fancy a bigger challenge? Take on the 36-mile ultra route!

Want to take part in your own space?

We welcome supporters wanting to walk or run closer to home and in their own time, with a remote YMCA DownsLink Challenge! Below are links to some suggested walking routes across our localities, or feel free to make use of your own garden or treadmill. However you choose to take part, every step will go a long way to supporting homeless young people.

Click the links for suggested walking routes in East Sussex, West Sussex, Brighton & Hove or Guildford.

Own space registration open soon!

The YMCA DownsLink Challenge Experience

All participants will receive:
# Free YMCA DownsLink Challenge t-shirt
# Free wooden medal to celebrate your achievement!

On the day Downs Link route participants will receive:
# Medical assistance
# A clearly marked route
# Support and enthusiasm along the way
# Dedicated aid stations along the route

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How your support makes a difference

Poppy's story

Poppy’s Story

Poppy didn’t realise she was being subjected to sexual exploitation. Spending time with a YMCA WiSE project worker opened her eyes to the reality of her situation.

Sherylee’s story

Sherylee moved into YMCA Worthing Foyer struggling with instability. Through hard work and perseverance, she is now thriving and has just released her first EP!

Leaha’s story

Leaha, a resident in supported accomodation, couldn’t afford to buy football boots. But, thanks to generous donations from our supporters, she was able to take part in an international football competition.



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