The Cranleigh Trail Marathon started in 2014 as the Cranleigh Parish Boundary Challenge. It was based on the ancient custom, still observed in some English parishes, of ‘beating the bounds’, where a group of old and young members of the community would walk the boundaries of the parish, usually led by the parish priest and church officials, to share the knowledge of where they lay, and to pray for protection and blessings for the lands.
The original Cranleigh Parish Boundary Challenge course, which we repeated in 2015, proved very challenging for our small group of volunteers to prepare, mark and marshal. In 2016 we revised the route to create the Cranleigh Trail Marathon, following much of the northern (most interesting) part of the Cranleigh Parish Boundary Challenge course. Moving to a two-lap format for the full marathon distance makes the course more manageable for marking and marshalling.
If the maximum entry cap of 300 runners and walkers has not been reached, entries will be available on the day for £20 (walkers and half-marathon) and £30 (full marathon).
Whilst you participate in this event at your own risk, on-course medical cover is being provided by a trained first aider. The medic team will be roaming the course during the event so they can respond quickly in event of emergency.
Drinks and light snacks will be provided at the checkpoints on the course and at the finish in the Bandroom.
Yes, team entries are very welcome.
Steve Wrapson holds the course record (men) for the marathon in 03:15:22. Georgie Furze holds the course record (ladies) for the marathon in 04:25:00. Both times were set in 2016.
Nicholas Twomey holds the course record (men) for the half marathon in 01:29:57. Emma Covey holds the course record (ladies) for the half marathon in 01:50:08. Both times were set in 2016.
Our fastest male walker is Roger Green in 03:35:02 (2016) and our fastest female walker is Katie Dow in 03:46:22 (2016).
The route for the Cranleigh Trail Marathon and Half Marathon is fairly challenging, with around 1,800ft of elevation gain for the two-lap marathon. You should be well prepared for the challenge! Marathon entries are welcome to finish after completing the half marathon (one lap) distance – you will still receive a medal! The two-lap full marathon distance is probably not a good choice for runners who are new to the marathon distance. It really is beautiful out there though!!
All entrants must carry a fully charged mobile phone and the phone number must be provided to the event organisers before you start. This is a condition of entry and you will be disqualified if you are found to be taking part without a mobile phone.
This event is only possible with the kind assistance of volunteers from various organisations. If you would like to volunteer to marshal a checkpoint, road crossing or assist with sweeping the course, please email the organiser at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes! All finishers receive a bespoke designed medal, which are always popular with participants. You will also receive a hearty meal at the Bandroom HQ following the event.
There’s no official cut-off time for the event. However, if you have not reached Jelly’s Hollow by 2pm (five hours), you will be directed along a slightly shorter route which cuts around 2 miles off the course. Based on the average and longest times from last year (including walkers), we don’t expect this diversion route to be applied, but it will ensure that our volunteers are not still waiting for finishers late into the evening!
The courses will be well marked with bio-degradable paint and marker tape. You should be familiar with the general route, but your navigation skills should not be tested! If you have not seen a paint spray or marker tape for 50 yards, you should retrace your steps to the last directions.
If you are unable to complete the challenge, you should preferably leave the course at one of the checkpoints, handing your registration number to the checkpoint marshal and telling them you have retired from the event. You are responsible for making your own way home, although the organisers will assist you with transport if possible.
If you need to drop out from the challenge anywhere else on the course (i.e. away from a checkpoint or the start/finish) you must call the event HQ on the telephone number provided at registration to let them know. This is essential for your safety as the organisers will otherwise spend hours searching the course for you if you are treated as ‘missing’.
No, you will not receive anything in the post ahead of the event. Registration is on the day at the event HQ, Cranleigh Bandroom, a short walk from the start/finish line.