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The 32nd Box Hill Fell Race

South London Orienteers

The 32nd Box Hill Race

Saturday 19th January 2013 at 11.00am

7.5 miles with 1700ft ascent under F.R.A. rules
Records: 46.55 (James McMullan 2011); 55.11 (Sarah Rowell 1989)

Entries Full
Entry List | Race History | Flyer

Start Time1100


Car parking, registration and changing facilities have again been kindly provided by the Friends Provident Life Office Sports and Social Club. There will be signposts off the A24 one kilometre south of the Burford Bridge roundabout (OS Grid Ref TQ172507). This will entail a walk of about 1.7 km to get to the start/finish area. Public transport to BR station Dorking Deepdene (Guildford to Redhill Line) or Dorking (Epsom to Horsham Line) are a short walk from registration. Local bus services generally stop in Dorking Town Centre, about 1km from registration.

LocationBox Hill
AddressFriends Provident Life Office Sports and Social Club, Dorking
Latitude/longitude51.2432, -0.3217
OS grid referenceTQ172507
MapsGoogle Maps, OpenStreetMap


The Club’s bar will be open after the race until 2.00pm and will be selling sandwiches as well as drinks. The prize giving will be there around 1.30 pm.


There will be prizes for the leading runners in the usual categories (note that lady veterans have to be over 40) including a team competition with 4 to count.


The National Trust are the land-owners for the vast majority of the course and they have requested two conditions be met in order to avoid erosion of the chalk downland:

  1. THERE IS A LIMIT OF 250 RUNNERS. Note that we expect this limit to be reached well before race day. We will accept more entries than this expecting some no-shows, but there are no refunds.
  2. RUNNERS ARE NOT ALLOWED TO WEAR SPIKES. They cause considerable erosion on steep downhill grass. Your co-operation is requested as significant damage could jeopardise future races.

Race numbers will not be posted in advance. Numbers can only be collected from registration on the day. Please note that under a strict application of FRA rules people under 18 are not allowed to run.


Entries can be made (preferably) online at our entries partner Fabian4 or by post using this form (£5.00 – payable to “South London Orienteers”) to: Andy Robinson, 85 Deacon Road, KINGSTON KT2 6LS. Tel: 020 8255 7176. Email: .

The 35th Surrey Hills Races & Trail Challenge

Sunday 27 May 2012

Recce Run Saturday 28 April

Organised by South London Orienteers
Run under FRA Rules – Navigation Required
Hall of Fame

Entry on the Day Available
List of Pre-entries

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. (Try our guided recce runs – see below.) A purpose-drawn map at 1:25,000 is provided to all competitors, and is available in advance from the Organiser (send 9×6 SAE).


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.


‘A’ 30km, ‘B’ 16km, ‘C’ 10km. All courses require navigation.

Start Times

‘A’ 10:30, ‘B’ 10:45, ‘C’ 10:35.

RegistrationFrom 0930 onwards
Start Time1030


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


From 9.30 a.m. at The Priory School, West Bank, Dorking, Surrey RH4 3DG.

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.


Toilets, showers, supervised 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.


Contact organiser or check the SLOW webpages.

Advance Entry

Advance entries are only available online, cost £8 (students/juniors £4).Please enter here.

Entry on the Day

Entry on the Day will be available, subject to courses not being filled, at £10 (students/juniors £5). 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.

Time Keeping

Event uses electronic punching: SI card hire £1.

FRA rules

U-18s may not run Courses ‘A’ or ‘B’. No under-16s accepted. Limit: 100 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.

Guided Recce Run

Taking place on Saturday 28 April. Meet at 9.45 a.m. on The Nower recreation area, at westmost junction of Hampstead Lane and West Bank. Guides will show you around courses A, B and C. Cost £2, which will be deducted from the cost of the race entry.

Race Map

To receive a map of the race in advance of the event, send a 9″x6″ SAE to:
Dan Findlay-Robinson
2 Siani Mews
N8 0SA

Alternatively you can view the map here on the Routegadget service.


Dan Findlay-Robinson –