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Biggest sporting challenge in Surrey launches

Devil's Punchbowl Hindhead 2015

Devil’s Punchbowl Hindhead 2015

The Surrey Hills Challenge is set to be one of the biggest sporting challenges in Surrey next year with a series of running and walking events in the beautiful landscape of the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB) on Sunday 25th September 2016.

The Community Foundation for Surrey and the Surrey Hills Trust Fund and organisers Rutland Management and aat events launched the charity event at the Devil’s Punch Bowl today (Tuesday 1st December 2015).

People of all ages and fitness can participate in four different running and walking challenges. The Greensand Way will form the backdrop to the event where the super fit can face the ultimate challenge with ‘The Ultra’, a 60km run, ‘The Half’, no ordinary walk (or run) in the park of 21km, ‘The Ten’, a fast and furious 10km or ‘The Five’, a family challenge 5km event.

‘The Ultra’ and ‘The Half’ routes start in Haslemere, passes the Devil’s Punchbowl at Hindhead where The Ten and The Five challenges will begin, traverses the main Surrey hills of Hascombe, Pitch, Holmbury and Leith Hill, before descending north to Dorking. Much of the route is rolling hills, woodland trails, fields and footpaths providing participants with glorious views.

Chairman of the Surrey Hills Trust Fund, Neil Maltby comments;
“The Surrey Hills Trust Fund is delighted to have been chosen as one of the beneficiaries for the Surrey Hills Challenge event. Money raised will go into local projects with a focus on conserving the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB), from clearing viewpoints and restoring landscape features to enhancing the ecology and biodiversity of the area to educating younger audiences and local communities on the special qualities and importance of the Surrey Hills. Your support of this event will help to safeguard this beautiful area for future generations”.

Jim McAllister, Chief Executive, Rutland Management Ltd comments: “We are delighted to be working with the Community Foundation for Surrey and the Surrey Hills to deliver an event that will not only raise funds for local communities, but highlight and help preserve the beautiful countryside we are so lucky to have on our doorstep. Everyone participating in the Surrey Hills Challenge will not only take away memories of a challenge they’ll never forget but leave a lasting legacy through their fundraising.”

The event will raise funds for the Community Foundation for Surrey, an independent charitable trust established to inspire local giving for local need. They have already supported over 1,800 local projects by awarding grants to fund local community and voluntary groups who are making a difference to the quality of local community life.

The Community Foundation established the Surrey Hills Trust Fund to exclusively help local projects and community groups within the Surrey Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty (AONB). Those raising funds by participating in the Surrey Hills Challenge will enable the Trust Fund to help local projects conserving the AONB and support the people who live, work and enjoy the area.

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