The Surrey Slog

Sunday 19th July 2009


Cross country half marathon, now established for 14 years, run in the Surrey hills around Holmbury Hill.




  The Surrey Slog 2009 results are HERE!


  2009 race report

We decided not to allow entries on the day in 2009, as the administration at the start was becoming more difficult each year.  This didn't deter anyone and we had a record number of starters, though a few unlucky people left it too late to get in.  All the proceeds go to charity but we can't make the event any bigger, because of car park limitations and congestion going up the hill at the start.  Is it too big already?  Comments please to


The weather on the day was better than expected, with only one very light shower.  Heavier rain the previous night had faded some of the ground markings we put down on Saturday afternoon.  We fixed all these on Sunday morning when we checked the course.  Unfortunately, some malicious individual re-routed a junction on the course in the 90 minutes between when it was checked and when the lead runners arrived, causing them to go the wrong way.  We were lucky to detect and fix this by the time only 12 runners had gone wrong, so the vast majority of runners were unaffected.  This is no consolation to the leading 12, to whom we apologise.  These runners should request a free entry if they apply to next year's event.  We don't have the manpower to put someone on every junction - in fact, 3 of our marshals move from one position to another during the race - but we'll have a think about how to improve what is already belt-and-braces signage before next year.


In the preliminary results above, there are now 2 [as at 26/07/09] positions where we aren't sure who finished where.  If your name is missing from the results, or you want anything else corrected, please email with your race number and approximate finish time and we'll publish updated results in a few days.


We hope everyone enjoyed themselves and look forward to seeing you again next year.  If you can't wait that long, Blackwater Valley Runners are planning to put on another event towards the end of the year, so check our website late August for details.



Voted 29th in 2008 in Runner's World list of top 50 UK races, with an overall score of 92%.


What's it like?

In short: "Well-established cross-country number with hills to test even the toughest lungs".

In full: I ran this for the first time in 2008, following excellent reviews. The atmosphere was very friendly with about 250 people taking part.


You start in the grounds of a pretty old private school in the depths of Surrey (good parking, toilets and showers). The run starts slowly by winding up through the school, up through a narrow path between fields and over a few styles. You then enter a mixture of pretty woodland and wide open country tracks. The course is cleverly designed so you pretty much run the same course twice but in opposite directions. The course is dominated by long, fairly tough ascents and then sharp downhills, which makes it a real challenge, all the work you do on the ascents is not rewarded! The run includes an ascent of the summit of Holmbury Hill (one of the highest points in South East England).

People talk of adding 15% to your normal time, I would argue it is close to 20%, so a really good workout. You are applauded through the finish line and there was a nice atmosphere at the end and a real joint sense of achievement.


To see reviews of the Surrey Slog on Runners World click here