A race day with big distances and big hills, and just outside of London

The Surrey Hills Challenge charity event is set to be held on 25 September and entries are now open.

The day involves a series of running and walking events all taking place in the beautiful landscape of the Surrey Hills, an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). This year it will be  raising funds for the Community Foundation for Surrey and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund.Surrey Hills Challenge

People of all ages and fitness can participate in four different running and walking challenges:

The Ultra

A 60km run. Registration fee: £85

The Half

No ordinary walk (or run) in the park of 21km. Registration fee: £35

The Ten

A fast and furious 10km. Registration fee: £23

The Five

A family challenge 5km event. Registration fee: £15

All four routes encompass some of the most picturesque views across the Surrey Hills along the Greensand Way and are designed to test participants’ stamina and strength. The Ultra route, starting at 06:00, begins in the picturesque town of Haslemere and follows the Greensand Way which originates in the heart of Haslemere and weaves out of town towards the infamous Devil’s Punch Bowl, a large natural amphitheatre. Participants will scale a number of hills including Gibbet Hill, Holmbury, Leith and finally Bury, in total climbing the equivalent height of Snowdon.

Race marshals will be on hand throughout to help those taking part. There will also be a medal at the finish, chip timing, aid stations, professional first aid cover, car parking, WC facilities and sports massage.

Proceeds from the race day will go to the Community Foundation for Surrey and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. Fundraising isn’t compulsory but the organisers are encouraging those entering to take up the additional challenge to fundraise and support local communities.

For more information or to register visit www.surreyhillschallenge.com or call 01483 720459 / 542221.