Commit to fit: 2022 events to train for now
On your marks, get set, go! Fancy challenging yourself in the new year? Then get booking onto these Surrey races and triathlons. Lace up your trainers, take a breath, and dig deep.
Magna Carta Marathon and Half Marathon, Runnymede
When: Sat 9 April
Where: Race starts and ends at the Wraysbury Skiff and Punting Club, Egham
Cost: Half marathon £32-34; marathon £40-42
What to expect: A fast and flat course – great for novices or experienced runners looking to smash their PB – it follows a scenic route along the Thames Path.
Punchbowl Marathon, near Farnham
When: Sun 13 February
Where: Starts at the Tilford Village Hall, Tilford
What to expect: A challenge walk (or run) on the footpaths and bridleways around the scenic Devil’s Punchbowl. Two routes are offered – 30 and 20 miles – with the 30 visiting Elstead, Frensham Ponds and Puttenham and passing over the commons of Hankley, Elstead, Puttenham, Ockley and Frensham. The shorter 20 mile route bypasses Puttenham.
Thorpe and Egham 10k and Half Marathon, Egham
When: Sun 27 February
Where: Egham Cricket Club, Egham
What to expect: A fast route along rural Surrey roads with each mile accurately marked with flags, and plenty of helpers stationed along the way. Each entrant gets a medal, goodie bag and official race photos.
The Nuts Challenge Winter, Dorking
When: Sat 5 March
What to expect: The ultimate mud run over one of the most challenging military assault courses in the World. This obstacle course begins with a ‘country mile’, then pushes individuals to the limit! Four distance options for different abilities: 7k, 14k, 21k, 28k, with mud, a water assault course, climbing, crawling and challenging obstacles all the way round.
Surrey Half Marathon, Woking
When: Sun 6 March
Where: Woking Leisure Centre, Woking
Cost: Kids’ run £12; 5k £20-22; half marathon £36-38
What to expect: One of Surrey’s greatest annual events, attracting runners from all backgrounds and abilities. This scenic, single-lap event is set in the glorious countryside surrounding Woking and Guildford, and follows a fully closed route out from Woking town into the rural delights of nearby quaint villages. It has a great community spirit with a kids’ run, a 5k and the half marathon race on offer.
Hampton Court Palace Half Marathon, East Molesey
When: Sun 20 March
Where: Hampton Court Palace, East Molesey
What to expect: A fast and flat 13.1-mile route over a super-pretty course that borders the riverside grounds of the magnificent Hampton Court Palace. Definite PB possibilities here. The route is pavement, pedestrian/cycle track, riverside way, and tarmac paths through parks.
Run Frimley 10k and 5k Road Races and 2.5k Fun Run, Camberley
When: Sun 1 May
Where: Cadet Training Centre, Frimley Park, Camberley
What to expect: A popular charity event raising money for the local NHS hospital and Dementia Appeal. It’s been running for almost 15 years and this year moves to the Cadet Training Centre at Frimley Park with plans to make it bigger and better than ever. The 5k and 10k road races and 2.5k Fun Run feature chip timing, and a finishing medal and refreshments for all. Fancy dress is strongly encouraged.
Midsummer Munro, Mickleham
When: Sun 26 June (TBC)
Where: Box Hill Fort, Mickleham
What to expect: It’s not called the hardest half nor nothing. Expect hills, hills and more hills. It’s not for the faint-hearted, run mostly on rough tracks. but you’ll get superb scenery including views over the North Downs, the Mole Gap, Denbies Vineyard, and Dorking.
North Downs Way Marathon and Half Marathon, Reigate Hill
When: Sun 10 July
Where: Reigate Hill
Cost: Half marathon £33-35; marathon £40-42
What to expect: A scenic summer run starting near the Reigate Hill Car Park in a small field adjacent to the North Downs Way. The course will follow the North Downs Way trail on an out / back route towards Boxhill. Challenging, but pretty.
Guildford Triathlon, Guildford
When: Sun 10 July
Where: Surrey Sports Park, Guildford
What to expect: The perfect place to ‘try a tri’ – the Guildford triathlon has three kids events on offer (TriStar Start for 8 years, 9-10 years and 11-12 years) as well as a Sprint distance event (500m pool swim, 23km road cycle and a 5km trail run around Surrey Sports Park). Every finisher gets a medal.
Woldingham Marathon and Half Marathon, Woldingham
When: Sun 28 August
Where: Woldingham School, Marden Park, near Caterham
Cost: Half marathon £36; marathon £38
What to expect: A friendly and well-organised event. Half runners complete an out-and-back course taking in part of the North Downs Way and Vanguards Way which offers stunning views. Marathon runners complete the same course twice.
Bacchus Wine 10k and Half Marathon, Dorking
When: Sun 11 September
Where: Denbies Vineyard, Dorking
Cost: 10k £35; half marathon £56
What to expect: Pretty running through a gorgeous vineyard where the drink stations include wine to sample and prizes are given for best fancy dress rather than fastest times. This year’s event won’t include the Marathon distance.
Run Reigate, Reigate
When: Sun 18 September
Where: Priory Park, Reigate
Cost: Kids’ race £15; 5k £22-24; 10k £33-35; Half Marathon £36-38
What to expect: Back for its 8th year, this is a popular family event with a gorgeous scenic running route and a buzzing atmosphere. The Half Marathon is on a fully closed route that takes in the Surrey countryside and pretty country lanes.