The 36th Surrey Hills Race & Trail Challenge


Sunday 2 June 2013

Organised by South London Orienteers
Run under FRA Rules – Navigation Required
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Get off the road and try something different this summer! The Surrey Hills Races will take you along the footpaths of the Surrey Hills and provide a challenge to trail runners, orienteers and adventure racers alike. Depending upon the course you run you will visit the summits of Leith Hill, Holmbury Hill and Pitch Hill – and everyone will run through the beautiful and varied countryside to the south-west of Dorking.

These mass start races REQUIRE NAVIGATION to visit a series of checkpoints along the way. A copy of the courses is available in advance, and scouting your route beforehand (ESSENTIAL) provides a great excuse for some training runs. A purpose-drawn map at 1:25,000 is provided to all competitors, and is available in advance from the Organiser (contact details below; send a 9″ x 6″ self-addressed envelope).


The SPORTident electronic checking system is used. This ensures rapid results processing and provides finishers with a print-out of their times to each checkpoint. All competitors will require an SI card – if you don’t have your own you can hire one on the day.


Pre-entry is available on-line through Fabian4. Pre-entry fees are at the discounted rate of £8 for seniors and £4 for students and juniors. Pre-entering guarantees a map.

Entry on the day will be possible subject to map availability, at £10 (students/juniors £5). However, due to changes in the way the event is being promoted this year, it is advisable to enter in advance, as some or all courses may fill well in advance of race day.

Event uses SportIdent electronic punching. If you don’t have an SI card, you can hire one for £1 when you enter.

A list of pre-registered runners is also available.

Courses and Start Times

Course Distance Start Time
A 30 km 10:30
B 16 km 10:45
C 10 km 10:35

All courses require navigation.

Registration will be from 9.30 a.m. at The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG.

Event Centre

AddressThe Priory School, West Bank, Dorking
Latitude/longitude51.2274, -0.3414
OS grid referenceTQ159489
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap

Toilets, showers and supervised bag storage will be available at the school. Tom’s catering – an essential part of many cross-country and orienteering events – will also be there, serving a range of hot foods and refreshments.

Travel Directions

The start is easily accessible by both car and public transport.

If travelling by car head into Dorking and follow signs to the parking area.

Public transport also provides excellent links to the race, with trains taking an hour from London Waterloo and Victoria and also from Reading. From the station, its a approximately a half an hour stroll to the event centre where there will be bag storage.


Trophies are awarded in memory of Byron Davies and Kate Thomas to the winner of the ‘A’ course and to the first lady on the ‘A’ course respectively. The Michael Murray trophy is awarded to the winner of the ‘B’ course. There are also trophies for the ‘C’ course and for the first lady on the ‘B’ course. Also Age Class prizes.


Results will be available on the SLOW website shortly after the event.

FRA rules

Under-18s may not run Courses ‘A’ or ‘B’, and unfortunately no under-16s can be accepted. There is a limit of 100 runners in each race. Competitors take part at their own risk and are responsible for their own safety, and are required to sign a disclaimer to this effect on the entry form.

Race Map

You can view the map on Routegadget. A printed version is available on request from the organiser.


Dan Findlay-Robinson