Organised by UK multisport and adventure racing specialist, Tri-Adventure, the annual Surrey Hills 12 hour adventure race – ‘Race the Night’ – is taking place over the weekend of 15-16 July. Disciplines include trail running, mountain biking, navigation and micro navigation covering a maximum distance of 140k or as little as 80k for those who choose a more direct route between transitions.
This competitive event is scored; so the highest number of points will be the winner (there are prizes for male and female individuals and pairs). Starting on a foot, competitors trail run and navigate a variety of checkpoints of different values, with some mandatory ones along the way. Once the run stage is complete competitors transition onto their mountain bike to tackle the early hours of the morning into sunrise, covering wide areas of the Surrey Hills.
The faster and fitter will cover a greater distance by collecting additional satellite checkpoints, located off this most direct route. Competitors can expect to contend with approximately 6 hours of darkness from the start of the event at 22:00 GMT.
The checkpoints are located at easy to identify features/junctions. In fact, glow-sticks may be positioned to aid locating the boxes at each control point. Athletes will need to plan a strategy carefully once collecting their maps on race day to ensure they have a clear route plan for the event.
Registration will be open from 19:00 at Shalford Village Hall, Kings Rd, Shalford, Guildford GU4 8JU. Athletes then have three hours to plan their route, check equipment and fuel up on food/nutrition. All competitors start on foot at 22:00. ‘All should finish back at the start location by 10:00 the following morning.’
A finisher’s brunch is included in the entry fee and will be available from 08:00. (Sunset on 15 July – 21:11, Sunrise 16 July – 05:03).