Surrey's biggest half bounces back in September
Later than planned but better than ever – the gold standard Mercer Surrey Half Marathon gets back on the road
Mercer Surrey Half Marathon may have been bumped from its usual March slot but plans are well advanced for a glorious eighth return of the multi-award-winning 13.1 miler on Sunday 26th September.
After battling through storms following the wettest February since records began in 1862, leaving part of the course flooded, plus the looming spectre of the Coronavirus pandemic, last year's event went ahead in bright sunshine with 2,944 finishers (in 3:31:46) led home by Ben Cole (Tonbridge, 1:10:22) and Katie Harbon (North Herts RR, 1:22:44).
With the supporting 5K race and Kids Run, there were almost 4,000 taking part in the UK affiliated event that has been awarded Gold standard by the British Association of Road Races for three consecutive years and has been voted the UK's Best Road Run and top Half Marathon by its participants on several occasions.
Surrey's largest half marathon follows a professionally marked and measured single loop course on fully-closed roads from central Woking into the surrounding countryside. This picturesque race is made all the more enjoyable by live performances from local bands, aid stations, and communities of cheering spectators.
The race boasts one of the fastest half marathon times on record (1:02:42) which is testament to its relatively flat course and great support from spectators. However, to ensure that everyone – regardless of ability or experience – is given the best possible chance of success, all participants have access to free beginner, intermediate, advanced and elite training plans from the moment they enter.
Runners also appreciate the impressive medal – a collector's item – and the instant chip-timed results and free race photos. Not to mention the legendary goody bag, showers and massage facilities.
Sample the atmosphere in this short video from the 2019 race and remember all the things we could do before COVID-19 struck – and we'll do together again soon...
Image courtesy aat Events Mercer Surrey Half Marathon