19th March 2017 from 10am
The event HQ is Denbies Wine Estate, London Road, Dorking, RH5 6AA. This fantastic event in the beautiful Mole Valley in Surrey is in its tenth year. It offers a challenging target for those wishing to complete a scenic half-marathon for the first time or build into a spring marathon training programme. There is also a 2.5k fun run for those who don't want to tackle the whole thing. Runners World readers voted this race as one of their top 50 in 2009, 2010 and 2014 and top 10 scenic event in 2013.
Download race day instructions here.
Download the final entry list for the half marathon here.
Entries in advance are now closed. Entries on the day are available from 8.15am at Denbies Vineyard. Entries on the day cost £30 for the half marathon and £5 for the fun run.
Finishers of the Half Marathon will be presented with a t-shirt, chocolate bar and a bottle of Badger beer on completion of the race. Entrants are required to be 18 years or above for the half marathon. There is no age limit on the fun run but under 8's must be accompanied by an adult Finishers of the fun run will be awarded with a medal and chocolate bar.
Please note, you will not receive anything in the post. Number pick up is available from the race HQ from 8am on race day from the race HQ at Denbies Vineyard. Race day instructions can be downloaded here.
Download a route map here. Conditions underfoot are described as multi-terrain and includes a mix of tarmac, hard packed trail and footpath. The route has a fast, flat start and finish but is a tad bumpy in the middle (some have described it as hilly - it depends on where you train).
There are seven water stations en route (water is served in cups). As well as water, jelly babies are also available.
As England's largest vineyard Denbies Wine Estate has been producing award winning wines since 1986. It is the first wine estate in the world to give visitors of all ages a unique and fascinating insight into all aspects of the wine producing process, all year round, with indoor and outdoor tours and tasting.
The vineyards of Denbies Estate are situated on the North Downs with its famous chalky soil, in a protected valley of south facing slopes. A total 265 acres have been planted (three times the size of any other in the UK) and has met the promise of producing some of the finest sparkling and table wines in Europe.
The venue has secue baggage, toilets and changing facilities (sorry, no showers). Refreshments are available for purchase from the restaurant.
Health and Safety
There is no doubt this course is challenging. You need to be fit and well to start this race. Do not run if you feel unwell or have recently been unwell, even if you are raising money for charity.
Most medicall emergencies during races occur in people who have been unwell but do not wish to miss the event. If you feel feverish, have been vomiting, have had severe diarrhoea or any chest pains, or otherwise feel unwell, then it is unfair to you, your family, your charity and the race support staff to risk serious illness and become a medical emergency. You are unlikely to do yourself justice and there are many other races that you will be able to compete in.
Please note, in the interest of safety, MP3 players and similar devices using headphones are not allowed. You will be disqualified if you are seen to use them. Our insurance covers you for public liability only. Please be aware you are responsible for your own personal injury insurance cover.
Getting There and Parking
The HQ is situated just off the A24 London Road, Dorking and is close to Junction 9 of the M25. We have secured parking at Friends Life just opposite the Denbies estate. The closest railway stations are Boxhill & Westhumble and Dorking stations which have very good rail links from London Victoria, London Waterloo, Horsham and Guildford. We strongly suggest you come by public transport of you can. Remember to factor in walking time from the train station to the Race HQ. We would estimate a good 15 minute walk depending on which you use.
The race start and finish is outside the main building in the Denbies Estate.
Sussex Sport photography will be on hand to take race photographs for purchase afterwards.
Withdrawals, Transfers and Cancellations
From the moment we begin to organise an event, we start to incur costs. Your entry fee is invested into the cost of staging the event - everythingn from the start and finish venue to printing, safety pins, race numbers, marketing and VAT. Organising any event requires a considerable amount of forward planning, risk and expense. For this reason, we are not able to refund or transfer your entry to another event.
However, in the event you are not able to run, if you can find a replacement, we can transfer your place to them. Please contact Nicky at firstname.lastname@example.org with the full details of your replacement. Please include full name, gender, club, e-mail address, postal address and telephone number plus details of the 'in case of emergency' contact in your e-mail.
The deadline for any changes is two weeks before the event. Most race directors will charge an administration fee for this service, we do not. Please do not run with someone elses number, you will not be covered under our insurance and in the event of you becoming unwell out on the course, we will not have any contact details for you or your family. If you are found to be running with incorrect details, you will be disqualified.
If the event cannot go ahead for any reason we will endeavour to contact you by e-mail. We will also post updates on the blog page of our site and through our facebook and twitter accounts. Runners will be given the option of transferring their entry to the revised date (if rescheduled) or another event specified. Because of the huge costs incurred by this event prior to it taking place, no refunds will be offered under any circumstances.
Race Awarding Body
This race is run with an ARC permit under ARC rules.
As always, the success of any race is determined by the selfless colunteering of many marshals. If you would like to help, then please contact Nicky at email@example.com
A donation from the Surrey Badger will go to the Surrey Wildlife Trust. The Surrey Wildlife Trust (SWT) is a registered charity and the only organisation concerned solely with the conservation of all forms of wildlife in Surrey.
They care for more than 9000 hectares of the county's countryside for the benefit of people and wildlife. To see more of the fabulous work the Surrey Wildlife Trust do, click here. The Surrey Wildlife Trust is a registered charity No 208123.