Still time to meet Downward Doug at Mercer Surrey Half Marathon
It's now or never if you are thinking of joining thousands of runners at Surrey's largest 13.1 mile race: Mercer Surrey Half Marathon on Sunday 8 March. Entries will close at midnight on Saturday 29 February so get clicking!
Last year 3,542 finishers were led into Woking town centre by Paul Pollock (Kent AC, 1:06:24) and Emma Davis (Ward Park Runners, 1:20:09). The 376 finishers in the 5K were headed by Guildford and Godalming junior Raphael Rivero (17:38) and Katie Hopkins (Woking, 18:54).
Boz's oranges were among the many highlights and you can read our 2019 race report here
Enhancements for this award-winning event for 2020 include a new Event Village location – Woking Park next to the Leisure Centre, where changing and showers are still available. The race is organised by the experienced aat-events team led by Toby, Hollie, Rob and Sam.
A range of pre-race and post-race activities – including event specific 'guided meditation' with Rise and yoga-style stretch classes with the brilliantly named Downward Doug (pictured below) – are offered free of charge thanks to lululemon Guildford.
The course has been tweaked and the elevation gain is a mere 133 metres on the fully-closed roads from central Woking into the surrounding countryside. The course records are held by Kenya's Sammy Nyokaye (1:02:42, 2015) and Ethiopia's Damaris Areba (1:10:58, 2016). This picturesque race is made all the more popular and enjoyable by live performances from local bands, plenty of aid stations and communities of cheering spectators.
Chip timing, instant results, bespoke headwrap, huge medal, free race photos and free training plans are just a few of the extras we have come to expect from Mercer Surrey Half Marathon. Three consecutive Gold awards from British Association of Road Races speaks volumes for the race, now in its seventh year.
The Mercer Surrey Half Marathon Kids Run attracts another 500+ local children, encouraging them to lead independent, active and healthy lifestyles. Children may run with chaperones or alone on the fully-enclosed 2K course and there is a clever repatriation procedure which ensures that Kids Run marshals return all unaccompanied children to the correct parents.
Full details are available at Mercer Surrey Half Marathon website here
Images courtesy aat-events/Mercer Surrey Half Marathon