800 runners have already entered Guildford’s favourite road run – The Hogs Back Road Race – which is returning for it’s 57th year on 10th December. The historic race is raises funds for Guildford and Godalming Athletics Club (GGAC), and is delivered by award-winning organisers aat-events.
With almost all of the thousand available places sold, the race is set to sell out in record time – faster than it has done in 56 years. Those wishing to take part are urged to enter now.
In recognition of the event’s increasing popularity, a number of exciting new features have been added to the race.
Event sponsors Wilkins Kennedy will be providing a fuel station roughly 5km into the 11.7km race. They will be handing out jelly beans and sugary sweets to refuel runners at the top of a steep hill.
Wilkins Kennedy has a team of 10 runners taking part, and they will be looking forward to receiving support from their colleagues on the route. Bob Southey, Partner at Wilkins Kennedy and one of the team, said: “We thought it would be a good idea to give runners a bit of a lift as they climb the hill towards the half way point. It’s also a good opportunity for the crowd to cheer on the runners as they pass.”
Starting and finishing at the majestic Loseley House, runners will follow a professional race pacing team along a fully-marked and measured route to the Hogs Back – where they will enjoy the frosty views from the North Downs Ridge across the Surrey countryside.
All runners receive a cheeky pig medal and complimentary refreshments, and can treat themselves to award-winning Giggly Pig sausage baps, hot drinks from Cafe2U, sports massage by Guildford Sports Clinic, and Hogs Back Road Race “buffs” – proceeds of which go to GGAC. Sponsors Hogs Back Brewery and Fitstuff are providing very welcome prizes to the first few finishers.
The Hogs Back Road Race is proudly affiliated with UKA, and holds the British Association of Road Races (BARR) Gold Award for outstanding race management. The event placed 2nd (to the Mercer Surrey Half Marathon) in the racecheck awards for “The UK’s Best Road Run”.
Those wanting to take part are urged to secure one of the limited race places as soon as possible.