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Race along the epic Pilgrims' Way in this mixed distance event. With the inclusion of a kids event, this event is ideal for all the family and has a 5K, 10K, 15K course as well as the 2K kids race. Come for the jovial race atmosphere or for the bespoke finisher's medal.

Review summary

19 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Lizzie M
" Very hilly but beautiful scenery and a great atmosphere. It was a little..."


Great route, missing one important arrow
"It is a great race, very scenic and pretty route with varied terrain. Well..."


Sean C
"Good event, great course. Was hectic when the 15k runners passed some of 10k..."
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How to enter the Hard as Snails

  1. 5K

    Run 5km
    Event passed
  2. 10K

    Run 10km
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  3. Kids 2K Race

    Run 2km
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  4. 15K

    Run 15km
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Hard as Snails routes

This epic course takes in the Pilgrims' Way over the North Downs in central Surrey. You'll encounter rolling hills, lofty summits and low off-road tracks weaving through the woodland.

This stunning route has been rated 93% on Runnersworld.

This is an awesome venue for one of the finest cross-country events on the calendar, but you'll need to be hard as snails.

There are 4 different races to choose from:

2KM Kids Race

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Chip timing
  • Free parking
  • On site catering
  • Route marked
  • Bag drop
  • Finisher's medal
Raceday Logistics


1830: Kids Race

1900: 5K, 10K, 15K

Please arrive at least 30 minutes before the race begins to ensure there is plenty of time to complete the registration process.

Kit List


Spectators are more than welcome to come along and create an epic race day atmosphere.

With a distance for everyone, this is event is great for all the family.


If you are interested in volunteering for this event then please follow the link below:

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there aid stations?
Aid stations will be provided throughout the route and at the finish line.
What are the age requirements?
5KM - aged 10+ on race day. 10KM - aged 13+ on race day. 15KM - aged 15+ on race day. 2KM kids race - aged 6+ on race day (Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult).
Where is registration?
Registration will take place in Shalford Park, which is an 800m walk up to Pilgrims Way.

Hard as Snails weather forecast

Possible light rain in the morning and afternoon.

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Hard as Snails reviews (19)

4.8 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the 5K in 2019

    Excellent timing of the venue - mid week, 19.30. Very friendly atmosphere, very close to central Guildford.
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    Rachel P

    Did the 15K in 2019

    Really well organised race. Beautiful course, well signposted. Lovely atmosphere pre and post race.
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    Gemma R

    Did the 15K in 2019

    Beautiful evening run on a stunning if hilly route. The hills are totally worth it for the views from the top especially as it was a sunny and warm evening. Easy registration and number collection and a friendly welcome from the marshals. The 15km route was well sign posted with marshals at road crossing and most junctions. A second water stop for the 15km might have been a good addition but the race instructions did warn to bring own water if you needed so I did have my own as it was such a warm evening. The atmosphere at the  finish was great - flapjacks, chocolate cake and bananas for all runners and a brilliant mobile bar in a horse box meant that people stayed around enjoying the sunset, chatting and clapping in finishers. The snail shaped medal is brill and free massages from Fitstuff clinic were a welcome treat and the free photos after the event were the icing on the cake. I always like the Snails routes but the finish line atmosphere was the best for this event so far.
  • Did the 5K in 2019

    The course may be tough with loads of hill climbs but that doesn't mean this event is only for serious athletes. The atmosphere was fab and i am so glad i did it.
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    Sean C

    Did the 15K in 2019

    Good event, great course. Was hectic when the 15k runners passed some of 10k runners, especially where it was tight to pass. Everyone tried to accommodate each other’s needs, and apologies if I bumped into anyone in the process.
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    Claire j

    Did the 10K in 2019

    thoroughly enjoyed well marshalled & sign posted
    Only thing is the course is over 10k but ill be back!
    Congested start but soon files down if you're looking for quick start you'll need to push up to the front ….be good if the 15k's started 15min before the 10&5ks, I noted that the fast 5k runners were returning back down steep terrain while the majority were going up., a little tricky!
  • Did the 15K in 2019

    Did not expect it to be that tough but we don't do races because they are easy! Thereseemd to be one sign missing so could have gotten lost, car park was listed to shut at 9 when the race started at 7, on a 15km (really tough course) doesn't leave enough time to get back, luckily they had a bit of leeway, none of this matters as I now have a freaking snail medal
  • Did the 10K in 2019

    Very hilly but beautiful scenery and a great atmosphere. It was a little longer than a 10km and make sure you have shoes that work with different terrains as there was a lot of sand! It can get bunched up in places but you just need to be aware of the runners behind you as the 15km route goes off from the main group and then joins the 10k pack again. I will be back for 2020.
  • Did the 5K in 2019

    Thought I would try the 5km this to see what it was like - although tough course - thoroughly enjoyed it. Would definitely do again - back next year for 10 km or 15km. Amazing team organising event and amazing volunteers all around course to. Thank you guys so much.
  • G

    Great route

    Did the 15K in 2019

    It is a great race, very scenic and pretty route with varied terrain. Well organised parking and registration. Good atmosphere at the start with music water and a bar. But on the 15km route one arrow was missing a crossroads. I lost 5 minutes waiting for other runners to catch me up who knew the way and I was running both ways long for an arrow. That frustrated me as I wanted a veterans time. I would run it again as it's a challenging race with lots if ups and downs. But I would have liked a route map and I couldn't find one online or at the event.
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