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Come and explore one of Surrey’s least-known trails – “The Fox Way” – to which this award-winning, long-distance running event owes its name.
A popular alternative to the London Marathon, The Fox Ultra presents runners with a unique opportunity to circumnavigate Guildford, this September it will be clockwise (via Godalming, Puttenham, Worplesdon, Send, Clandon and Blackheath) – an impressive claim to tick off of any runner’s bucket list.
The circular 62km ultramarathon – which can be completed individually or as part of a 3-stage relay team – is supported with 5 aid stations and showcases some of the very best views that the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty has to offer; from woodlands, grasslands and farmlands to urban and river-side scenery – this event truly has it all.
Marathon and Half Marathon events set off later in the morning and follow shorter sections of this picturesque, mixed-terrain route so that all runners unite at the same finish line in Godalming.
Please check out the routes below.
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My local Ultramarathon – I wouldn’t miss it for the world. It’s a great route and the Fox medal is awesome!
The Fox offers 3 race distances, with different start locations, all finishing at Godalming United Church
The Ultra and first leg of the relay will start at Godalming United Church
The Marathon and second leg of the relay will start at St Mary the virgin church in Worplesdon
The Half Marathon and final leg of the relay will start at Clandon Train Station
Ultra 60km Route
ULTRA 62km start & all distances finish Ultra Start
MARATHON start – St Mary the Virgin church in Worplesdon Marathon Start
HALF MARATHON start – Clandon Train Station Half Marathon Start
We strongly encourage walking, cycling or running to this event if possible. Godalming Station is a 5-minute walk away, with convenient links from Guildford and Worplesdon.
Worplesdon and Clandon have parking available but we cannot offer transport back to your vehicle.
Getting to start/ finish
Address: Godalming United Church, Bridge Road, Godalming, GU7 3DU
By road: Godalming United Church is situated on Bridge Road, off the B3100 in Godalming, there is parking out the front but all volunteers will need to park in the crown court car park .
By rail: The nearest main station is at Godalming around 1 mile away, around a 10 minute walk.
Grid reference: SU 97436 44264
Getting to the Marathon start at St Mary’s, Worplesdon
Address: St Mary The Virgin Church, Perry Hill, Worplesdon, Guildford, GU3 3RE
By Road: Follow A320, Salt Box Rd and Worplesdon Rd/A322 to Worplesdon
By Rail: The nearest station is Worplesdon, this is a 5 minute train journey from Guildford station, trains leave at 35 minutes and 49 minutes passed the hour. From Worplesdon Station it’s a 2 mile walk.
Getting to the Half Marathon start at Clandon Train Station
Address: Clandon Train Station, West Clandon, GU4 7TN
By Road: Clandon Train station is on A247
By Rail: Trains from Guildford to Clandon run every 20 minutes or so and take around 4 minutes.
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Please ensure that you plan in advance. There is NO PARKING at the event venue but you can pay for parking at Godalming Crown Court car park, Ringo is available – very handy for topping up if you are a bit longer then expected.
Or find other nearby parking options via Parkopedia.
No shuttle services operate at this event unfortunately.
Pick up your bibs at registration on the day, all participant information will be sent via email on the Friday before the event.
Registration opening times:
Ultra – 6am – 6.45am
Marathon – 9am – 9.45am
Half Marathon – 9am – 9.45am
Relay runners should collect their bibs at their starting locations, Leg 1 runner will receive a wristband – this is your baton, pass this on to your team mate, the last runner must pass the finish line with the wrist band.
🎒 Bag Drop
There is bag drop available at this event, please only bring the kit that you really need. A provisional kit list has been posted under the participant information button.
All bags left at Marathon and Half Marathon starts will be driven back to the Godalming finish line.
Toilets will be available at Aid Stations and in the Event Village.
➡️ Route Markers
All routes will be fully marked and checked by dedicated marshals before the ultramarathon start. We advise all participants to familiarise yourselves with the route ahead of the event. Consider bringing a map or download the route .GPX file to your watch/device.
Please be aware that some walkers and residents on the route do remove our signs, we try very hard to get out there and replace them when we can. If you notice anyone removing signs or that a sign has been removed somewhere please call the Event Director to report this if you can, this gives us a chance to go out and correct it for the following runners.
We are aware of another event happening on the same day, using some of the same route, their signs are blue and ours are yellow/ orange.
❤️ Aid Stations
There are 5 Aid Stations positioned along the 60km Ultramarathon route. Hand sanitisation facilities will be provided at all aid station.
Active Root, the natural ginger sports drink will be supporting The Fox Ultra this year! Find their drink available at all 5 aid stations along our route, make sure you give it a try.
Ultra Marathon: The full Ultra Marathon is 62km, starting and finishing at Godalming Reformed Church.
Marathon 42km: Starting at St Mary’s the Virgin church, Worplesdon, finish at Godalming Reformed Church.
Half Marathon 21km: Starting at Clandon Train Station, finish at Godalming Reformed Church.
Relay: Leg one will start at the Godalming, Leg to will start at Worplesdon and Leg 3 will start at Clandon.
🗒️ Event Programme
Registration for the Ultra and Relay Leg 1- 6am – 6.45am
Start Time – 7am
Registration for the Marathon – 9am – 9.45am
Start Time – 10am
Registration for the Half Marathon – 9am – 9.45am
Start Time – 10am
The finish line CLOSES at 5.30pm……better get your skates on!
A participant information email will be sent out on the Friday before the event.
Music, massage and refreshments will be available at the finish line.
👟 Provisional Ultra Kit List
Please note that this list is provisional. The full confirmed kit list will be posted in the event information pack, in the week leading up to the event.
Trainers: The Fox is 70% trail, so a comfortable pair of trail shoes are essential!
Socks: For maximum comfort – and to avoid getting blisters – ensure you wear a proper pair of running socks. We recommend Hilly Socks.
Layers: You will be out running for most of the day. Please prepare for the weather to change and it can change quickly in the Surrey Hills!
Mobile Phone: Essential! Please ensure that you have a fully charged mobile phone. Please input the emergency number, these will be sent in the final participant email and it’s also printed on your race bib, it must be added to your phone before race day.
Battery Pack: Please ensure that your mobile phone is fully charged, or bring a battery pack if you know it’s likely to run out within a day.
Personal hand sanitiser: We will have hand sanitiser readily available, so this is optional.
Space blanket: Conditions can change quickly, so please carry one of these to stay safe.
Water: You must start with a minimum of 1L of water, in a full water vessel. We recommend purchasing a hydration pack. These can be easily topped up at each of the 5 aid stations. There are no cups at our aid stations, please bring your own collapsable cup or purchase one from the mini Fitstuff shop at the Ultra Start line.
Nutrition: We recommend carrying some energy gels or carbohydrate-rich snack bars. We will also have a range of sweet and savoury foods at each of the 5 aid stations.
Whistle: To attract attention should you need to.
Medical pack: Plasters and pain relief are essential.
ℹ️ Other Information
Coffee and Pastries will be available to purchase from the Greenhill Mobile bar from 6am at the start of the Ultra, we will also have Fitstuff Run Shop with a pop up of Ultra essentials.
Do you get post race munchies? We will have Burgers, Ice Cream and a Refreshments Bar at the finish line.
Those muscles have worked hard!! Don’t panic, the Fitstuff Clinic will be on hand to provide you some post race massages in exchange for a charity donation towards the Pancreatic Research Fund – did you know they are so close to reaching there target of £10,000! Can you help them reach the finish?
Family and friends are welcome to wait at the finish line to help you celebrate the amazing thing you’ve just accomplished!
🏅 Fox-shaped Medal
All finishers will be rewarded with a Fox 2021 buff, very impressive Foxy bespoke medal, each event has it’s own distance lanyard, a packet of Blue Fuel gummies, free sachet of Active Root, a natural ginger sports drink and a slice of cake!
📸 Free Photos
Smile for the camera! Epic Action Imagery will be taking photos out on the course and at the finish line. Photos will be available to download for free shortly after the event – please tag us @aatevent when you share them on social media so we can “like” your posts.
At the Ultra start we will have a coffee van for you to purchase some hot drinks and yummy pastries.
The finish line will have Music 🎵, Bar Cart 🍺 🍷 , Ice Cream 🍦 and Burgers 🍔 to purchase so don’t forget your wallet!