The Hogs Back road race can be a pig of a course but organisers AAT Events are warning that the 57th edition of this historic race on Sunday 10th December will again be fully subscribed.
The Hogs Back is a tough, traditional 11.7km race, with a 500 foot hill on the North Downs over The Mount to Guildford and back. Much of the course is through the beautiful Loseley Park Estate and the quirky distance, inclusion of some gravel tracks and the hills (did we mention the hills) will prevent any undue concerns about personal bests.
Last year's winners were John Sanderson (Guildford & Godalming, 37:14) and Georgie Bruinvels (Aldershot, Farnham & District, 42:15) and there were 823 finishers. With over 900 runners already signed up to the British Association of Road Running 'Gold Award' event there are just a few places left before entries have to close.
Innovations this year include six experienced pacers running between 4 min/km and 6.5 min/km. Last year the final finisher (1:33:44) managed a fraction over 8:00 per km. Event partners Fitstuff are giving runners the opportunity to trial On running trainers at the race. Sponsors Wilkins Kennedy LLP will be handing out jelly beans and sugary sweets to refuel runners at the top of the hill.
Lucy Air Ambulance is the new charity partner for the event. This is the only charity in the UK who can transfer patients (up to the age of 16) across the length and breadth of the UK via fixed-wing aircraft at no cost to their families. Runners have donated £500 so far to fund their life-saving work.
All runners will 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 bespoke Hogs Back Road Race buffs – proceeds of which go to Guildford and Godalming AC.
Sponsors Hogs Back Brewery and Fitstuff are providing prizes to the first few finishers. Anyone wanting to take part is urged to secure one of the limited race places as soon as possible.
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