Are you ready to take on the challenge of the Surrey Hills?
THE Surrey Hills Challenge, featuring five walking or running events with five distances for people of all ages and fitness, takes place this weekend.
The routes encompass some of the most picturesque views across the Surrey Hills along the Greensand Way.
Sunday will see the super fit taking on the 60km Ultra and a new 40km run or walk in the hills, as well as 21km and 10km events.
For families there is a 5km challenge event.
All routes finish at Denbies Wine Estate in Dorking.
The 60km route starts in Haslemere at 6am and follows the Greensand Way and weaves towards the Devil’s Punch Bowl, a large natural amphitheatre through National Trust land.
The route is almost entirely on footpaths with some road crossings and short stretches on road. Along the 60km route are six themed aid stations to help motivate the competitors.
The 40km route starts in Witley and begins at 8.30am, following the Ultra Route along the Greensand Way towards Winterfold. Just after Pitch Hill those on the Ultra and Forty challenges are joined by the 21km Half participants who depart from the Duke of Kent School at 9am before heading towards Hurtwood.
All three challenges head towards Holmbury Hill before completing the highest summit in South England, Leith Hill, before descending from the North Downs into Dorking, for the final stretch and finish.
The two final challenges, The Ten and The Five, weave through the vineyards of Denbies before heading out on to the North Downs. The Five loops around through the North Downs woodland before the homeward stretch opens out onto stunning views across Denbies and Boxhill.
The Ten is a hilly and technical challenge to walk or run which, branching off from The Five, heads out on to Surrey farmland and into Dorking woods before tackling the North Downs Way.
The Ten rejoins The Five at Ashcombe Wood along with the Ultra, Forty and Half challengers as they begin their descent down into Denbies where the finish and Race Village are located.
The Race Village is where medals and prizes are awarded and refreshments and entertainment will be available from 10am until 6.30pm.
The event is to raise funds for the Surrey Hills Trust Fund. Fundraising but a suggested fundraising target to aim for is £250 per person.
Registration is now open for participants to enter individually, as a group or as a family. Prices are as follows: The Ultra, 60km – £80; The Forty, 40km - £55; The Half, 21km – £35; The Family Ten, 10km – £55; The Ten, 10km - £25; The Family Five, 5km – £35;
The Five, 5km – £15. A new category has also been added for those who enjoy Canicross and want to compete in the Half, Ten and Five.
The event is open to everyone. Participants under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult or guardian. For more information or to register visit www.surreyhillschallenge.com or call 01483 542221.