Hurtwood 50k Trail Ultra - Race Detail


The Hurtwood 50k starts at 9.30am on Sunday 2nd December 2018.

- Venue - Dorking Halls is the venue and Start / Finish.  It is just off the A24 at the Eastern end of the town centre.  The postcode is RH4 ISG. 

- Parking - There is Pay and Display parking at Dorking Halls or free parking opposite in the Mole Valley District Council car park all day on a Sunday.

- Registration is in the Masonic Hall, in Dorking Halls.  Here you will receive your race number and event T-Shirt.

Race Briefing will take place at 9.15 am.

Kit List for this race has been planned to keep you safe and comfortable for the December race date, but takes into account the regular support on the course and ease of access to the the route should there be an emergency.  This kit is mandatory and need to be carried by each participant at all times during the race.  

  • Waterproof Jacket (Windproof not sufficient, must be hooded jacket with taped seams)

  • Spare long sleeve baselayer (Waterproofed in plastic freezer bag or equivalent, spare means spare - not part of your general clothing but as an extra warm layer in case of emergency)

  • Hat (Buff style headwear not acceptable as your only hat, please bring something warmer in case of use as in an emergency)

  • Gloves (Fingerless gloves not acceptable)

  • Foil space blanket

  • First Aid Provision - Sterile dressing and bandage as a minimum

  • Headtorch (Emergency headtorch like Petzl e-lite acceptable, OR if participant is expecting to be finishing in darkness a more suitable headtorch will be needed - you have 6.5 hours of daylight...)

  • Charged mobile phone (Waterproofed in plastic freezer bag or equivalent)

  • Hydration system with minimum 500ml capacity

  • Folding Cup for hot and cold drinks in Checkpoints - there will NOT be plastic/paper cups at this race. Bring a cup suitable for hot drinks if you intend on having any at the checkpoints. The thin, lightweight options aren't suitable for hot drinks but may be carried if you intend on having squash / coke / water only whilst in CP's.

  • Basic nutrition (to be supplemented via Checkpoints)

  • Waterproof Trousers are highly recommended if the weather is bad and could make the difference between completing or not. Those taking longer to cover the distance should very much think of having them.

  • Spare leg wear is also recommended in case of bad weather / cold conditions.

Support Crews and spectators are allowed to follow you and supply you with food and drink in addition to race checkpoint supplies.  We ask that they do not come to the checkpoint locations but meet you elsewhere.  There are many car parks in the Surrey Hills that are on the route that can be used for this.

- Running poles and Headphones are allowed but please be aware and considerate to other participants and members of the public at all times.  Take headphones out when crossing / following any roads during the route.

Cut Off is 7.30pm.   This gives 10 hours to cover 50k (31 miles)  This event is purposefully accessible to people wishing to try an Ultra distance running race or for those wishing to walk the whole way. 

- Total ascent is 4192 ft for the race.  Leith Hill is the highest point in the route and it is a gentle ascent to it from Dorking at the start of the race, steeper on the return.  Generally the hills are a mix of gentle ascent and short, sharp climbs - this applies to the downhills in the race too.

Arrival & Departure  The venue opens at 8.30 am on Sunday morning and closes for the event at 8.30pm on Sunday. 

- 4 Checkpoints will have tea, coffee, water, squash, coke and a mixture of sweet and savoury snacks such as sandwiches, crisps, cheese, chocolate, sweets, bananas, nuts etc.  

These are the Checkpoint locations, please make sure any support crews do not meet you at checkpoints but elsewhere along the route. 

- 1 - 7.5 miles - Leith Hill - GR 131 431

- 2 - 13.1 miles - Winterfold Heath - GR 062 427

- 3 - 18.1 miles - Winterfold Heath - GR 062 427

- 4 - 23.9 miles - Leith Hill - GR 131 431

Route Map for the 50k race is HERE  plus downloadable GPX FILE HERE (We recommend having a gps device as backup whilst you are running - many running watches allow you to upload the route onto them, or viewranger is a great free app to enable your smartphone to be used as a gps)

Route Markings are small permanent discs that are generally fixed to posts with an obvious 'GW' on them in yellow.  We will also use Hurtwood 50k specific signage throughout the route.  These will be small plastic arrow signs stapled to posts to guide you.  These will have reflective tape on them where necessary. 

Vegetarian Soup plus Tea / Coffee is included for all participants in the cafe at the Dorking Halls race venue when you arrive back after the race.