The Fox with ULTRA Magazine
Godalming United Reformed Church, GU7 3DU
It is with regret that we postpone The Fox to 19 September 2020. Please read our Official Statement.
All entrants are automatically registered to participate in September.
The route will be fully marked and offer 5 aid stops along the Fox Way. This scenic circular course was devised by Richard Fox, an avid local walker who was amazed by the beautiful and varied countryside he found along the route.
Come and explore one of Surrey’s least-known trails - “The Fox Way” - to which this award-winning, long-distance running event owes it’s name.
A popular alternative to the London Marathon, The Fox Ultra presents runners with a unique opportunity to circumnavigate Guildford (via Godalming, Shere, Clandon, Ripley, Worplesdon, and Puttenham) - an impressive claim to tick off of any runner’s bucket list. The circular 60km 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 (10:00 and 10:30 respectively) and follow shorter sections of this picturesque, mixed-terrain route so that all runners unite at the same finish line in Godalming. All participants are rewarded with huge medals, hi-fives from The Fox mascot, branded head wraps, complimentary refreshments and free sports massage. We’re told that your achievements are best celebrated with a shandy from our Horse-box Gin Bar… we’re game if you are!
Best of all, the direction of these chip-timed runs alternate each year - so you’ve not fully experienced The Fox until you’ve run your chosen distance both ways...
Support your running with strength training. Check out the official training plan from Field of Fitness HERE.
Relay - 3 person team with sections of 19.5km, 21.8km and 21.2km
Individual - 60km or 42km or 21km run.
Head Wraps for all participants, medals for finishers!
Check out our blog post for more ultrarunning advice.
RegistrationRegister online to pay for your place.
60km check in the Godalming United Reformed Church. 7am start
42km check in at Clandon (Hoping to confirm Clandon Park House). 10am start
21km check in at Worplesdon (Due to rail maintenance we can't confirm the start line yet). 10:30am start
TravelThe 60km event start/finish is close to Godalming train station which has a reliable and a frequent service from London or cycle to the start and get a free bike saddle cover.
42km, 21km and relay participants are requested to avoid leaving cars at their start locations and to share lifts wherever possible.
Parking in Godalming Crown Court Car Park. £4.90 for 6 hours, up to £9.00 for 10 hours. Parkopedia
There is no parking at the Godalming Reformed Church.
Runners are asked to share lifts or travel by public transport wherever possible.
40km start (to be confirmed Clandon Park House) National trust car park.
21km start (to be confirmed Worplesdon Station)
BaggageThere's bag storage at the Start/Finish line.
21km and 42km: Bags will be taken forward to the finish line in Godalming
What to wear
This is a trail-race, therefore, we recommend trail-running shoes are worn. For this race, we recommend you ask Trekking and Outdoors in Shere. You'll want to wear sturdy and worn-in running shoes to make sure your feet can cope. For the best results make sure to take advantage of their free and professional shoe-fitting service.
For maximum comfort - and to avoid getting blisters - ensure you wear a proper pair of running socks. aat events recommend Hilly Socks. To learn more about Hilly Socks click HERE.
You must be aware of your surroundings and be able to hear marshalls at all times. Therefore the only recommended earphones are Aftershockz bone-conducting earphones - the only earphones to be approved by United Kingdom Athletics. Click HERE for aat-events earphone policy.
In our attempts to reduce one-use plastics we have a couple of suggestions. Firstly, to wear clothing with pockets or a run-belt to carry a cup, buy the aat cup HERE. Or you can support yourself with a water pack.
A waterproof is required in case the weather takes a turn for the worse. Participants are likely to be out on the course for a long time and keeping dry will make the run easier.
For safety reasons, we also recommend that participants bring a fully charged mobile phone.
Ultra 60km: ULTRA ROUTE
Marathon 42km: MARATHON ROUTE
Half Marathon 21km: HALF MARATHON ROUTE
The course is fully marked, and takes you from Godalming, counter-clockwise, through the villages of Wonersh, Shere, Ripley, Worplesdon, Normandy and Shackleford.
Terrain: 30% road / 70% trail
10.5 hour cut off.
First AidMedics on the course and present at the start/finish. You will be given a contact mobile number prior to race day. If you or a fellow runner suffer an injury which requires medical attention then call and medics will be dispatched. If the injury is sever please call 999 and then inform event control.
TimingTiming from EMIT. A chip in wrist strap.
ToiletsToilets will be available at the start/finish and along the course at feed stations.
WaterWater available at feed stations on course.
RefreshmentWater, flat coke, a lot of food types including salty snacks, water melon, vegetables and dips, peanut butter dip and much more. Greenhill's Mobile Bar will be providing alcoholic beverages and soft drinks at the finish line.
Don't ForgetHead torch, mobile phone, running shoes
Other InformationKey kit - sturdy trainers, appropriate running gear - dress for the weather, waterproof jacket, suitable water bottle, warm hat and gloves. You must carry at least 500ml of water, charged mobile phone (with the number of event control in it), emergency numbers for The Fox event team, any additional nutrition you may require, a waterproof and first aid kit.
Finish line massage from the Care For Health team. The team will be offering FREE massages at the finish, in the Church - available for all runners!