The 34th Surrey Hills Races & Trail Challenge

Sunday 8 May 2011

Recce Run Saturday 16 April 2011

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

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.

Start Time1030


LocationSurrey Hills
AddressThe Nower Recreation Ground (TBC)
Latitude/longitude51.2253, -0.3395
OS grid referenceTQ160486
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 runs

Saturday 16 April. Meet at 9.45 a.m. on The Nower recreation area, at westmost junction of Hampstead Lane and West Bank. Cost £2, which will be deducted from the cost of the race entry.


Dan Findlay-Robinson –

To receive a map of the race in advance of the event, send a 9″x6″ SAE to:
Dan Findlay-Robinson
Flat 6, Broadoak house
Mortimer Crescent

Orienteering Event

There will be an limited orienteering event on The Nower nearby on the day, see the MVOC webpages for details.

The Running Bug

This race is featured on The Running Bug.