Wild Running races

It's wild, it's at night, it's running... it can only be the Wild Night Run Series!

After a running battle to dodge Covid restrictions, postponements, and cancellations the first-ever Wild Running Dark Skies Surrey Hills races will take place this weekend at Denbies Wine Estate near Dorking, with over 400 runners already entered but space for about 100 more.

Wild Running, capably led by experienced athlete Ceri Rees, has been on the West Country running scene since 2012 with guided trail runs, training camps, navigation courses, ultra races, and the excitement of night races.

All this experience has been distilled into the Wild Running Night Series that now ventures into darkest Surrey for the first time on Saturday (29 January). The competition commences at 4:30pm with the 1K/2K Kid's Races followed by the 5K/10K at 5:30pm and the 10 miler at 5:50pm. Click here for the Race Brochure for full details.

Cakes, hot drinks, and chilli/stew will be available at Denbies and every finisher will receive a handmade wooden medal and there is a generous £500 prize fund courtesy of main sponsors Vertebrate Publishing. You will also be able to sample Lucho Dilitos vegan energy bars at the finish line.

Naturally, head torches and mobile phones are compulsory equipment and organisers recommend the Viewranger app be installed to download the race routes. The 5K is through Denbies Estate in a clockwise direction with 466 feet of ascent; the 10K ventures further into the aptly-named Ranmore Common with 707 feet of climbing, while the 10 miler gains 1110 feet via Chapel Wood and on to Fetcham Downs. 

Results should be instantly available thanks to the NFC chip timing technology in use and the cut-off time for all races is 8:30pm. There will be sweeper runners out on the course and all finishers will be 'swiped in' outside Denbies main entrance so everyone is safely logged.

So if you are looking for a different challenge head for Wild Running Dark Skies Surrey Hills website now for entry details where entries may still be available from £8 for Kids Races to £29 for the 10-mile race.

Image courtesy Ceri Rees at Wild Running

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