Surrey’s newest ultramarathon, Fox Ultra, welcomed 225 runners across the finish line at the inaugural event on 22nd April 2017. The event, which sold out in advance, was delivered by award-winning organisers aat-events – in partnership with ULTRA magazine, and sponsored by Salming. Participants could choose to tackle the headline 60km ultra as an individual or as part of a relay team, or take part in the Fox Marathon (42km) or Fox 20km trail runs.
Starting (and finishing) at the Wilfred Noyce Centre in Godalming, the 60km route followed the Fox Way – a waymarked trail circumnavigating Guildford – established by local walker Richard Fox. The Fox Way consists of some of Surrey’s most secret and beautiful trails through the Surrey Hills from Godalming, west out to Puttenham, through Worplesdon, Ripley, Clandon and Shere and back south to Godalming. The Fox Marathon started at the White Lyon Pub in Worplesdon, and the 20km in Clandon; both meandering towards the Fox finish line in Godalming.
Participants received great support from the event crew (wearing Fox ears and tails) who were positioned every 10km (along the 60km route) to applaud runners and offer them a selection of food and drink at each feedstation – each of which had it’s own unique menu for drinks, starters, main-courses and sweets! Runners particularly enjoyed chocolate hobnobs and party rings with their teas and coffees, and refreshing watermelon and coca cola later on in the midday heat.
As finishers were applauded across the line, each received a copy of ULTRA magazine, a Fox Ultra-branded headwrap, and a stunning Fox-shaped medal. They then went on to enjoy a final feast (featuring aat-events’ infamous homemade brownies) and a soothing sports massage with EyeBex, before crashing out on the AirSofas and picnic blankets with ice lollys the sunshine.
First across the line was John Melbourne (4:46), followed by Sarah Hill (5:14) who were each awarded trophies containing a fluffy Fox. Congratulations are also extended to the Fox Marathon winners:David Chapman (3:17) and Sophie Ponsillo (4:15), and also to the Fox 20km winners: Adam Teszke (1:23) and Anna Klintman (1:46).
Fox Ultra currently has an average rating of 4.6/ 5 on racecheck. One review reads: “brilliant race, “brilliant people and Brilliant Fun.” Another reads: “I really can’t fault it. Well organised, friendly, beautiful scenery, wonderful enthusiastic volunteers, good range of foods at aid stations, a fantastic medal and buff at the end and a great finish area in general.” You can read the reviews for yourself at: https://www.racecheck.com/races/fox-ultra
Organisers aat-events offer a variety of long distance and multi-sport events, which are officially recognised by racecheck as some of the UK’s top rated events. Head to www.aat-events.com to find out more information about popular trail runs and multisport events in the heart of the Surrey Hills.