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Count Down to Surrey Hills Challenge Begins!

Thursday 14 September 2017

The countdown to the Surrey Hills Challenge has begun with only 10 days to go until event day on Sunday 24th September 2017.

One day, five walking or running events with five distances for people of all ages and fitness. All routes encompass some of the most picturesque views across the Surrey Hills along the Greensand Way and are designed to test participant’s stamina and strength.

The super fit can face the ultimate challenge with ‘The Ultra’, a 60km run, ‘The *NEW* Forty’ a 40km run or walk in the hills, ‘The Half’, no ordinary walk (or run) in the park of 21km, ‘The Ten’, a fast and furious 10km or ‘The Five’, a family challenge 5km event. All routes finish at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking which is the heart of the challenge.

The 60km route starts in the picturesque town of Haslemere at 6am and follows the Greensand Way, which originates in the heart of Haslemere, and weaves towards the infamous Devil's Punch Bowl, a large natural amphitheatre through National Trust land. The breath-taking views across Surrey from Gibbet Hill is where the start of the journey towards Dorking begins.

The route is almost entirely on footpaths with some road crossings and short stretches on road. Along the 60km route are six themed aid stations to help motivate the competitors.

The *NEW* 40km route, The Forty, starts in Witley and begins at 8:30am, following the Ultra Route along the Greensand Way towards Winterfold. Just after Pitch Hill those on the Ultra and Forty challenges are joined by the Half participants who depart from the Duke of Kent School at 9am before heading towards Hurtwood.

All three challenges then head towards Holmbury Hill before completing the highest summit in South England, Leith Hill, before descending from the North Downs into Dorking, for the final stretch and finish. The finish is based at Denbies Vineyard along with our two final challenges, The Ten and The Five which are also brand new routes for 2017.

They both begin by Weaving through the beautiful vineyards before heading out on to the North Downs. The Five loops around through the North Downs woodland before the homeward stretch opens out onto stunning views across Denbies and Boxhill.

The Ten is a hilly and technical challenge to walk or run and, like The Five, it encompasses wide open tracks, footpaths and woodland trails. Branching off from The Five, The Ten heads out onto Surrey farmland and heads into Dorking woods before tackling the North Downs Way.

The Ten re-joins The Five at Ashcombe Wood along with the Ultra, Forty and Half challengers as they begin their descent down into Denbies where the finish and Race Village are located.

The Race Village is where medals and prizes are awarded and is also the main hub and meeting point for all our participants and their supporters. With refreshments and entertainment available from 10am until 6.30pm, it is the heart of the challenge.

As well as support from our dedicated Events Team before and during the event, participants will also receive a medal, chip timing, aid stations, professional first aid cover, car parking, WC facilities and sports massage.

Registration is now open for participants to enter individually, as a group or as a family. Prices are as follows:

The Ultra, 60km – £80 The Forty, 40km - £55 The Half, 21km – £35 The Family Ten, 10km – £55 The Ten, 10km - £25 The Family Five, 5km – £35 The Five, 5km – £15

A new category has also been added for those who enjoy Canicross and want to compete in the Half, Ten and Five.

The event is to raise funds for the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. Fundraising isn’t compulsory but we are encouraging everyone to take up the additional challenge to fundraise and support local communities. A suggested fundraising target to aim for is £250 per person.

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). Those raising funds by participating in the Surrey Hills 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, an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. They have already supported over 1,800 local projects by awarding grants to fund local community and voluntary groups who are making a difference to the quality of local community life.