Evolution, not revolution for Mercer Surrey Half Marathon
Mercer Surrey Half Marathon, organised by award winning AAT-events, is evolving but regular fans need not fear the changes planned for Sunday 8 March 2020. Introduced in 2014, this is now Surrey's largest half marathon, which is UKA sanctioned and boasts full road closures.
The continual expansion of the event will see a new event village location – Woking Park next to the Leisure Centre (where changing and showers are still available). The route has been re-configured but will still operate entirely within the existing road closures. Finally, the race has introduced a new environmental policy of Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.
Last year there were 3,542 official finishers in 3:27:25 plus a further 850 in the supporting 5K and Kid's Run. Paul Pollock (Kent AC, 1:06:24) and Emma Davis (Ward Park Runners, 1:20:09) were the winners on the swift course. The lightning fast course records are held by Kenyan athlete Sammy Nyokaye (1:02:42, 2015) and Ethiopia's Damaris Areba (1:10:58, 2016).
The course has been tweaked where necessary and still features a professionally marked and accurately measured 13.1 mile single loop from Woking town centre through picturesque Surrey countryside. Live performances from local bands, communiities of cheering spectators and supportive marshals have helped earn Mercer Surrey Half Marathon three consecutive Gold Awards from the British Association of Road Races and numerous other accolades.
Chip timing, instant results, bespoke headwrap, huge medal, free photos and free training plans are just a few extras on offer at Mercer Surrey Half Marathon. Sutton Green Golf Club, Whitmoor Common and Westfield Common are among the more attractive points on the course. The atmosphere can be sampled from this two-minute YouTube 2019 highlights film.
Image courtesy aat-events/Mercer Surrey Half Marathon