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FAQs

What is the Surrey Hills Challenge?

The Surrey Hills Challenge is one of the biggest sporting challenges in Surrey.

People of all ages and fitness can participate in one of four walking or running challenges:

  • ‘The Ultra’, 60km – the ultimate challenge for the super fit
  • 'The Forty' 40km - a run or walk in the hills
  • ‘The Half’, 21km – no ordinary walk (or run) in the park
  • ‘The Ten’, 10km – fast and furious
  • ‘The Five’, 5km – for all the family

Where is the Surrey Hills Challenge taking place?

The event is set in the beautiful landscape of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on the Greensand Way. The route starts in Haslemere, passes the Devil’s Punchbowl at Hindhead, traverses the main Surrey hills of Hascombe, Pitch, Holmbury and Leith Hill, before descending north to Dorking. Much of the route is hilly, but this provides stunning views.

When is the event?

Sunday 24th September 2017.

Is the event in aid of any charities?

Yes. The Official Charity Partner is the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, part of the Community Foundation for Surrey. The event is a platform for the Surrey Hills Trust Fund to raise their profile and money. The entrants fee covers the cost of staging and managing the event and we actively encourage participants to fundraise.

The Community Foundation for Surrey established the Surrey Hills Trust Fund to exclusively help local projects and community groups in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Those raising funds by participating in the challenge will enable the Trust Fund to help local projects conserving the AONB and support the people who live, work and enjoy the area.

The Community Foundation for Surrey is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. They have already supported over 2,000 local projects by awarding grants to fund local community and voluntary groups who are making a difference to the quality of local community life.

Who can participate? Is there an age limit?

The event is open to everyone. There are four challenges participants can choose from to suit their fitness, for instance a family can take on the 5km together or a serious athlete can tackle The Ultra. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian.

What is The Ultra?

The Surrey Hills Challenge Ultra is a 60km point to point footrace that will push competitors physically and mentally. It is our ultimate challenge.

What is the Forty?

The Forty is an all new 40km route. Starting at Witley, it follows the Ultra Route along the Greensand Way. 

What is The Half?

Taking place on part of the Ultra route, the Half is half a marathon and 21km. It is no ordinary walk (or run) in the park.

What is The Ten?

The Ten is a 10km walk or run on part of the Ultra route. It can be run or walked and is perfect for those wanting more of a challenge than the 5km or is in training to run further.

What is The Five?

The Five is a 5km walk or run on part of the Ultra route. This is our family friendly route and ideal for beginners.

How much does it cost?

The registration fees are as follows:

  • The Ultra (60km) - £80
  • The Forty (40K) - £55
  • Half (21km) - £35
  • The Ten (10km) - £25 or £55 for a family (2 adults and 3 children under 15)
  • The Five (5km) - £15 per person or £35 for a family (2 adults and 3 children under 15)

There will also be an additional booking fee of £2 per registration.

Where can I find additional information?

If you cannot find the information you need on our website, then please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call the team on 01483 542221.

Do I need to fundraise?

Fundraising isn’t compulsory but we do encourage you to take up the additional challenge to fundraise and support local communities. Starting your fundraising page is easy click here to take up the challenge.

How much do I need to fundraise?

Although there is no minimum fundraising commitment we challenge you to raise as much as you can! We suggest a target of £250 per person. You may be surprised at how generous people can be. It helps to be well organised and to start early; this will leave you more time to focus on your training in the time leading up to the event. Click here to see some fun ideas for how you can raise money for local communities.

Where will my fundraising go?

Any fundraising or donations will go directly to the Surrey Hills Trust Fund and help to conserve the unique Surrey Hills countryside.

The Community Foundation established the Surrey Hills Trust Fund to exclusively help local projects and community groups within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Your support will enable the Trust Fund to help local projects conserving the AONB and support the people who live, work and enjoy the Hills.

The Community Foundation for Surrey is an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. They have already supported over 2,000 local projects by awarding grants to fund local community and voluntary groups who are making a difference to the quality of local community life.

 

Can I fundraise for another charity?

We don't stop anyone from raising funds for their own charity but we would we ask that participants consider fundraising for our nominated charity, the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. This charity supports local initiatives and also maintains the Surrey Hills where the event takes place.

Can I use an alternative online donation page such as Just Giving/Virgin Money Giving for my fundraising?

No, the Community Foundation for Surrey is only registered with BT MyDonate as it is free for charities to use and there are no set up, subscription or commission fees. This means every penny of the money donated (excluding credit/debit card charges - 1.3% Credit Card, 15p Debit Card) is paid directly to us. BT also collects Gift Aid to maximise your fundraising. If you require any assistance with your fundraising page, please get in touch with us or the team at BT MyDonate who are very helpful and friendly!

Typically, for a £10 donation the charity will receive:

Donation £10
Reclaim Tax (Gift Aid) £2.50
Commission fee 0%
Credit Card Processing fee 1.3%
Debit Card Processing fee £0.15
VAT 0%
Charity receives (Credit Card) £12.37
Charity receives (Debit Card) £12.35

How long does each challenge take?

  • The Ultra cut off time is 12 hours, starting at 06:00
  • The Forty cut off time is 10 hours, starting at 08:30
  • The Half takes around 2:15 to run
  • The Ten can be completed in 1:10
  • The Five typically takes 25 minutes to run

What do I get for my entry fee?

As well as support from our dedicated Events Team before and during the event, participants also receive:

  • Medal
  • Chip timing
  • Aid stations
  • Professional first aid cover
  • Car parking
  • WC facilities

How can I get to and from the event?

Adequate car parking facilities will be provided for each start location and the finish.

The Ultra - The Ultra starts before most public transport begin their services. There is a car park located close by which is currently free on Sundays.

The Forty - The Forty starts after the first train into Witley Station. There is a car park located at the station which is currently free at weekends.

The Half - This is a rural location with limited public transport. A bus service to return to your vehicle is provided, please see here for more details.

The Ten & Five - Held at Denbies Vineyard, Dorking. There are regular public transport links from Dorking train station to Denbies.

What happens if I need to pull out? Do I get a refund?

Setting up and organising the event incurs capital costs from the beginning. Similar to a football ticket, we are unable to offer a refund. In accordance with trading standards of long-distance purchases you can claim a full refund within 7 days of entering up to but not within 7 days of the event.

How much training do I need to do?

Train within your limit and if you’re unsure please take advice.

What is the terrain like?

All our routes are hilly and almost completely off-road, so you’ll need adequate trail shoes and clothing. Some of the footpaths are narrow and uneven, and there are stile crossing points which can become slippery in adverse weather conditions. If you’re entering the Ultra then you we would recommend you visit www.runultra.co.uk for advice.

Are cross-country trainers or hiking boots better for this event?

Shoes for runners and sturdy adequate shoes for walkers are best, but please take professional advice.

What will we need to take on the day?

For The Half, The Ten and The Five we need you to arrive in good time for registration, chip timing and bib collection. Full details will be emailed prior to the event or can be viewed under the specific distance. If you are participating in The Ultra then we strongly advise you to visit www.runultra.co.uk and research what other runners use.

Will we need a map?

The route will be fully marked up but we advise Ultra runners to carry a map as part of their kit list. We recommend purchasing the A-Z 1:25000 Surrey Hills, R.R.P £7.99 (isbn 978-1-84348-962-7).

What facilities are at the Checkpoints?

As well as medical support, food and drinks, our volunteers will also be on hand to help and cheer you on. Toilets will also be available at each location.

What is registration?

You must enter the event online using the online registration system. On the day you must also attend a briefing before the event and register your attendance and collect your bib and timing chip.

Where can we stay the night before the challenge?

HOTEL ACCOMMODATION

Recommended hotels in Guildford:

· Holiday Inn – Rooms from £60

· Premier Inn – Rooms from £71

· Guildford Harbour Hotel – Rooms from £95

Recommended hotels in Haslemere:

· The Georgian House Hotel – Rooms from £59

· Lythe Hill Hotel & Spa – Rooms from £98

· Inn on the Hill – price on enquiry 01428 642006

Recommended hotels in Dorking:

Travel Lodge - Rooms from £35

Surrey Hills Hotel - Rooms from £80

Gatton Manor - Rooms from £65

 

Please note we are unable to personally recommend any of the business listed above.

When do the challenges start?

The times will be confirmed shortly, but in the meantime we are proposing the following:

  • The Ultra will begin at 06:00
  • The Forty at 08:30
  • The Half at 09:00
  • The Ten at 10:00
  • The Five at 10:15

Can I take my dog?

Dogs are welcome under certain circumstances. You can run with your dog if you follow the canicross rules. In summary you must have a suitable harness and have trained your dog to run with you. It is your responsibility to clear up your dog mess and failure to do so results in disqualification.

What happens if I have to retire on-route?

You must continue to the next aid station and notify a marshal. It is essential that you do not return home without notifying the organisers. If search teams and emergency services are deployed to find you erroneously then the participant will be liable for costs.

Do I still get a medal if I retire?

No, the medal is a finisher medal that is worn by those that complete their respective challenge.

What happens if we take longer than 12 hours?

Runners will be removed from the course at 12 hours and driven to the finish. The 12 hour cut off already allows for ample time to complete the event and you will be disproportionately far behind the other backmarkers if you have not finished within 12 hours.

When do entries close?

Entries will close on Friday 22nd September at 12:00. On the day entries will be available but these are more expensive.

I have entered the race how to I know my entry has been received?

You will receive an email confirmation after entering. Further emails are sent leading up to race day. If you don’t receive your confirmation immediately please check your spam folder. If you are still unsure please contact the team on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

What will I receive before the event?

We will contact you by email regularly before the event offering information, promotional offers and advice on participating in the Surrey Hills Challenge. Two weeks before the event you will receive your race pack which details all the information you need to know for race day such as kit list, route, feed station locations, parking and transport. You will not receive anything in the post, all race numbers and timing chips are collected on the morning of the event at registration.

Can I participate in fancy dress?

You are very welcome to race in any clothing, so long as it doesn’t adversely affect your health and ability to finish the event safely.

Can I wear headphones?

No, use of headphones is not supported on the grounds of safety. They will inhibit your ability to hear marshals calling you and other runners passing you. Please do not wear headphones.

Is the course suitable for a wheelchair?

The routes are not suitable for wheelchairs but many viewing spots are suitable for wheelchair access.

How can I volunteer to support the event?

Please register your interest on our website. Our volunteer manager will establish your suitability for different roles, but there’s always a role for everyone. For more information click here.

Are pushchairs allowed?

The routes are not suitable for pushchairs although many spots are suitable for supporting and cheering.

Will there be parking to leave my car at the start and collect it once I have finished?

Please click on the distance that you are entered into and then view the Race Information.

Will there be buses to/ from the start/ finish?

There will be a bus service for those participating in The Half, returning you to your car. Please ensure you tick the box for the bus when you enter.