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The Surrey Hills Challenge

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The Surrey Hills Challenge really is one for the whole family. With distances ranging from a 1k kids run to a 60k ultra, and dogs welcome on the course, all abilities are more than welcome. Enjoy stunning views in this fun event.

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What's included:

  • Finisher's Medal
  • Chip timing
  • Aid stations
  • Professional first aid cover
  • Car parking
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Frequently asked questions
Can I run with my dog at the Surrey Hills Challenge?
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.… read more
What will I receive before race day for 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.… read more
Can I wear fancy dress while I run in the Surrey Hills Challenge?
Absolutely, however please ensure it doesn't hinder any other runners.… read more
Route description
Route description

Each of the 6 distances on offer take place in the Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on parts of the Greensand Way and North Downs Way.

Starting in the picturesque town of Haslemere, the 60k Ultra 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.

Starting at Witley, The Full follows the Ultra route along the Greensand Way towards Winterfold. Just after Pitch Hill participants pass through the Duke of Kent School before heading towards Hurtwood.

Both challenges then head towards Holmbury Hill before completing the highest summit in South England, Leith Hill, and descending into Dorking for the final stretch and finish.

The finish is based at Denbies Wine Estate, which is also the start and finish for the circular routes of The Half, The Ten and The Five.

They all 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 Half and The Ten are hilly and technical challenges to walk or run and, like The Five, encompass wide open tracks, footpaths and woodland trails. Branching off from The Five, The Half and The Ten heads out onto Surrey farmland and heads into Dorking woods before tackling the North Downs Way.

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

The Event Village is the location for The One, our 1km fun run. The route gently flows around one of the vineyard fields, a circular, safe and visible route.

  • ‘The Ultra’, 60km – the ultimate challenge for the super fit in 12 hours
  • 'The Full', 42km - stride out and hit the hills in 10 hours
  • ‘The Half’, 21km – no ordinary walk (or run) in the park in 10 hours
  • ‘The Ten’, 10km – fast and furious in four hours
  • ‘The Five’, 5km – for all the family in two hours
  • 'The One', 1km - a kids fun run to hop, skip, jump, run or walk in 1 hour
Logistics and schedule


07:00 Ultra Starts

08:00 Event Village Opens

08:30 The Full & Half Starts

09:30 The 10 Starts

10:30 The 5 Starts

11:30 The One Starts

16:00 Event village closes

Age Restrictions

Entrants must be the following ages to enter the corresponding distances.

  • 11 to 12 - 5k
  • 13 - 6.5k
  • 14 - 8k
  • 15 - 10k
  • 16 - 16k
  • 17 - 25k
  • 18+ No limit
How to get there

Denbies Wine Estate., London Rd, Dorking RH5 6AA, UK

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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 Full - The Full starts at Witley Station. There is a car park located at the station which is currently free at weekends.

By Public Transport

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

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