5th Surrey Tops

- 23rd/24th September 2017 -

Marshals Walk* - 2nd/3rd Sept 2017

The Surrey Tops is a 50mile Challenge event open to both wakers & runners. With a route based on the old 'Surrey Summits' a particular feature of the event is that it offers a considerable degree of night navigation. 

The Surrey Tops forms part of the 'KSS Triple Challenge' combining with the WHITE CLIFFS CHALLENGE from the Kent group & the SUSSEX STRIDE CHALLENGE from the Sussex Group. The three events alternate over a 3-year cycle. In order to qualify for the handsome KSS Triple Challenge badge & certificate entrants must complete all three events* over three successive years. Completions are recorded and you will receive your KSS certificate and badge automatically once you qualify.         

*6 consecutive completions qualifies you for a silver certificate, 9 a gold, and 12 a platinum. After that, well who knows...

Event Details The event is a 50 mile cross country walk/run, with 6750ft of ascent/descent, mainly on footpaths and bridleways starting & finishing at Witley. It is open to walkers, joggers and runners. It features a significant amount of night walking/navigation. Route Description & Final Details available for download shortly before the event (see 'Route' below). Should the need arise then any changes to the event will be posted here. You are strongly advised to keep an eye on this page in the days prior to the event.
Parking Please park on verge NOT in Chichester Hall car park - follow directions of parking marshals. DO NOT obstruct the pavement - doing so is likely to jeopardize the future of the event.

Chichester Hall, Witley SU948394

Registration for walkers starts at 0900 and for joggers & runners at 1215

Checkpoints Hot food at end & (roughly) mid-way. Drinks & cold food at 3 other checkpoints. PLEASE BRING YOUR OWN CUP/MUG

Map 1:50000 No 186  & 187 or 1:25000 Explorer 145 & 146 and OL 33 & 34*, compass, whistle & mapcase, pen/pencil, warm clothing, hat & gloves, waterproofs, good torch, money and spare food & drink. Note that although checkpoints will provide some food & drink you should plan to carry at least some rations of your own to supplement that provided.

*print-outs or electronic mapping is acceptable. If electronic, do ensure you have sufficient battery for 8hrs. The coverage you will need can be seen here

Route Devised by Tony Cartwright & Keith Chesterton. Download the Route Description (PDF version) and Final DetailsPlease ensure that you print off a copy and bring it with you to the event. Copies will not be available at registration. Surrey Group does not currently issue GPX files for its Challenge Events.

There will be two mass starts - 1000 for walkers & 1300 joggers & runners

Those staring before 1300 will be given a 1000 start time, all others will be given a 1300 start time.

Do please note that if you arrive at a checkpoint before its scheduled opening time you will need to wait.

Finish All to finish by 0600 Sun (20hr time limit)

Entry is on-line only. Positively no entries on the day. Entry fee for LDWA members (Individual and Family only) is £21* and for non-members £37**. Minimum age of entry is 18yrs. Entry is now closed.

*Please note: LDWA membership details will be verified.

**Why not join the LDWA (£13 for a year) and enter this and all LDWA events at member rates (including Surrey's Winter Tanners and Punchbowl Marathon). As a member you will also receive a copy of our Strider publication plus many other benefits.

Conditions of Entry
By entering the event you agree to the conditions of entry.

Friends, Family & Supporters

Once the event has started its progress together with that of selected participants can be followed online at www.ldwa.org.uk/results

If you have supporters on the event you should ask them to bookmark this location on their smarthphone/tablets prior to leaving home. Please ask them to respect the task of the timekeepers and to refer to the Public Results for information about you.

Results & Certificate Certificate issued on the day to all who follow the route and successfully complete the distance in the alotted time. 
Organiser / Contact
The Surrey Tops is organised by Tony Cartwright on behalf of the Surrey Group.
*Marshals Walk The Marshals Walk is only open to those that have volunteered to help on the event itself or to those contributing in some other significant way (eg taking entries etc). Event certificates are awarded to successful completions of the Marshals Walk thus contributing towards the KSS Triple Challenge. If you are unable to do the actual event but would like to help and thus be eligible to do the Marshals Walk please contact the event organiser.