Surrey Hills Challenge a Run Away Success!

The inaugural Surrey Hills Challenge charity event on Sunday 25th September was a huge success with over 500 entrants participating in one of four walking and running challenges
on the beautiful landscape of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB).

The event was organised to support the efforts of the inspiring work of the Community Foundation for Surrey and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund.

People of all ages and fitness joined the event which saw competitors and families walk or run The Ultra (60km), the Half (21km), the Ten (10km) or the Five (5km). All the routes were on the Greensand Way and designed to test participants’ stamina and strength.
The Ultra kicked off bright and early at 06:00 in Haslemere, where the Greensand Way originates, and the Half started at 09:00 from the Duke of Kent School in Peaslake. Participants scaled Gibbet Hill, Wormley Hill, Hydon’s Ball, Hascombe Hill, Reynards Hill, Pitch Hill, Holmbury Hill, Leith Hill (the highest point) and finally Bury Hill. The total climb of the route Ultra route was the equivalent of climbing Mt. Snowdon in Wales, the highest point in the British Isles outside of the Scottish Highlands. It was not for the feint hearted!

Competitors were cheered on by an enthusiastic team of volunteer marshals with themed aid stations that proved a popular talking point along the route. Themes included the 80s, Pyjama Party, Minions, Motoring and Mad Hatters’ Tea Party.
A party atmosphere at the Hurtwood pumped up competitors of the Five and Ten which started at 10:00 and covered wide open tracks onto footpaths and woodland trails through peaceful and heather covered landscape.
Families joined in the fun at the Five and Ten with our youngest competitor aged just four!
All participants completing their challenge received a unique Surrey Hills Challenge medal shaped in the county of Surrey.
Aimed at raising awareness and funds for the Community Foundation for Surrey and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, teams from both charities entered the Surrey Hills Challenge and were also on hand to talk to participants and spectators about all the good works they do.

5 and 10 km start in woods Feed station in race Half Maratheon start, people running background old school The winning man of the Ultra was Ry Webb with Jim McAllister

The Promoters:

Rutland Management Ltd is an award winning, privately owned property development, management and investment company. The team manage Dunsfold Park as well as hosting and managing the successful air and motoring show, Wings & Wheels. For further information visit:   and aat events organises a range of events across the southeast including adventure running, road running and cycle sportives. We also put on charity runs and organise corporate sports events. For further information visit:

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