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Surrey Hills Challenge – What’s Your Distance?

Thursday 01 March 2018

The Surrey Hills Challenge charity event is one of the biggest sporting challenges in Surrey and returns on Sunday 23rd September 2018. One day, six walking or running events with six 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* Full’ a 42km marathon 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 ‘The Five’, a family challenge 5km event or ‘The One’, a kids 1km fun event they can run, hop, skip or jump. All routes finish at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking which is the heart of the challenge. We also welcome Canicross participants who want to compete in the Half, Ten and Five.

The 60km route starts in the picturesque town of Haslemere at 07:00 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 five themed aid stations to help motivate competitors.

The 42km route, The Full, starts at 09:30 in Witley and follows the Ultra Route along the Greensand Way towards Winterfold. Just after Pitch Hill those on the Ultra and Full challenges are joined by the Half participants who depart from the Duke of Kent School at 09:00 before heading towards Hurtwood.

All three challenges then head towards Holmbury Hill before completing the highest summit in South England, Leith Hill. They then descend from the North Downs into Dorking for the final stretch and finish. The finish is based at Denbies Vineyard along with our three final challenges, The Ten, The Five and a *NEW* kids course, The One.

The Ten and The Five 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, Full and Half challengers as they begin their descent down into Denbies where the finish and Event Village are located.

New for 2018, we are excited to announce "The One"; a route for the little ones to enjoy, where they can run, skip, hop or jump their way round.

The One is a 1km course based at Denbies Wine Estate and starts at 12:00 in the Event Village before heading towards the North Downs Way. The One loops around the vines keeping the North Downs woodland on one side before turning left heading through the vines. It is then on to the homeward stretch as you sprint towards the Event Village and the finish line. The route is marshalled and visible from the Event Village so parents have the choice of joining the fun or watching from the spectator’s area.

The Event Village is where medals and prizes are awarded and is also the main hub and meeting point for all our participants and their supporters. It is also the location for our new festival of Sport and is open from 09:00 until 19.30 with main activities between 10:00 and 16:00. 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 Full, 40km - £55
  • The Half, 21km – £35
  • The Family Ten, 10km – £55
  • The Ten, 10km - £25
  • The Family Five, 5km – £35
  • The Five, 5km – £15
  • The One, 1km - £2

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 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.