40th Winter Tanners


21st January 2018

Event Full & now closed for entry

- Route descriptions and GPX files now available for download from 'Route' section below -

*** NOTE - revision to map requirements ***


Marshals Walk - 13th Jan 2018

Event Details

The Winter Tanners is a challenge walk (or run) on Surrey footpaths and bridleways with MINIMAL support in weather conditions which may be adverse. Only strong and self-reliant walkers and runners should enter. The event normally takes place on the third Sunday in January and, being a winter event, can be subject to the vagaries of winter weather. This year there will be 3 routes, the traditional 20 & 30 mile routes and, to mark the 40th aniversary of the event, a one-off 40 mile route.

Should the need arise then any changes to the event will be posted on this site and emailed to the email address given during the on-line entry process.

Requirements Footwear & clothing suitable for a winter cross country event including a mobile phone, a compass & torch if likely to finish after 1630. Landranger 187 (all routes) OR Explorer 146 (20 & 30 routes only). If using Explorer maps for the 40 route you will need both 146 AND 134 (OL34),   The full requirements are in the conditions of entry (see below).

The 2018 event will again use our new venue close to Leatherhead town centre, complete with car-park for the start/finish. Full details will be available in the Final Details.


New each year, the route is devised by John Westcott and Mary. 

Final information for entrants is now available for download - WT18_Entrant_Information.pdf

Route descriptions and GPX files* are available for download as follows:-

WT18_20mi_route.doc        WT18_30mi_route.doc        WT18_40mi_route.doc

WT18_20mi.gpx            WT18_30mi.gpx            WT18_40mi.gpx             WT18_flood_rts_AB.gpx

*GPX files are provided as support only. The definitive descriptor of the routes remains the written Route Description.

Do ensure that you print off a copy of the route description before coming to the event as copies will not be available at the start.

Checkpoints There will be 2 checkpoints on the 20 mile route, & 4 on the 30 mile route and 5 on the 40 route each providing drinks & biscuits. These will also be available at the finish. Participants are advised to carry spare food/drink. Bring your own cup/mug. There will be a numbers check following the various route split points so please help the marshals and keep your route card handy.

Registration: opens at 0615 and closes at 0815.

Whilst you can start anytime between 0645 and 0900 you must ensure you start such that you do not arrive at CP1 before it opens or after it closes. All CP opening/and closing times will be enforced. Those arriving early will have to wait, those arriving late may be retired. Checkpoint opening and closing times have been calculated on the basis of an average speed range of 2.9mph to 6mph. Darkness, where speeds inevitably drop, have been factored into these times. Well before the event we will publish details of the checkpoint distances for each of the routes together with their opening and closing time to allow you you calculate your start time consistent with the cp opening times.

All to finish by 2200.

Results & Certificate Certificates will be awarded to all who complete their chosen distance passing through all relevant checkpoints and finish in the allotted time. A specially commisioned commemerative gift to all successful finishers. Results will be available on this website after the event. 

Entry is on-line only (postal/SEF entries are not accepted). The event is now full and closed for entry. Positively no entries on the day. Entry fee for LDWA members (Individual and Family only) is £10 and for non-members £26. Under 18's MUST be accompanied by an adult throughout the event.

If entering as a member please, please, please double check your LDWA number first. LDWA membership details will be verified and an incorrect membership number may invalidate your entry. 

Entries close on 14th January 2018 (but significantly earlier if the event and waiting list become full). Entrants may withdraw online up to 9th January 2018. If you find you cannot use your place withdrawing will enable a waiting list entrant to enjoy the event. You will get a refund less costs. There will be a limited waiting list to which entrants above the basic entry limit will be added after entering in the normal way. No entry charge will be debited until a waiting list place is offered and accepted (be prepared to respond quickly after January 9th). 

You are reminded of the 'no substitutions' condition; if your name does not appear on the entry list then you are not eligible to take part and you cannot transfer your entry to someone else.  It is fairer for withdrawn places to offered to the waiting list and the organisers must know the identity/details of everyone on the event and that every entrant has personally accepted the conditions of the entry. 

Why not join the LDWA (£13 for a year) and enter this and all LDWA events at member rates. As a member you will also receive a copy of our Strider publication plus many other benefits.

The on-line entry system will also give the opportunity to make a voluntary charitable donation which will be split between the National Trust, much of whose property used for the event.

Conditions of Entry

By entering the event you agree to the conditions of entry. Please do read these conditions carefully (they includes safety information), don’t just tick the box when you enter, We want to ensure that we minimise the risks on this tough winter event and all walkers and runners must be aware of their responsibilities as entrants and the requirements that may be checked before they are allowed to start the event.

Dogs are welcome on this event but entrants must, in accord with LDWA national guidelines, provide details of their third party insurance cover and register their dog at the start (see conditions of entry).

Friends, Family & Supporters

Once the event has started its progress, together with that of selected participants, can be followed online through the Public Results. These can be viewed 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.

Organiser The Winter Tanners is organised by Richard Ireson on behalf of the Surrey Group.
Marshals and Marshals' Walk

 We can only run this event if we have sufficient marshals volunteering to help.  If you (or your partners/friends) would like to marshal please contact Richard (above).  It would be much appreciated by our entrants and there is an extra checkpoint to staff this year.  Marshalling does not mean you have to miss out on the event; there will be a marshals’ walk of the 20 mile route on 13th January (with qualifying certificate).  This is only for those helping with the event.