The Lions Martian Race, on Sunday 5th July 2020, is a 5k, 10k or 21k race through the shaded woodland of Horsell Common near Woking, Surrey.
The sandpits on Horsell Common are famously the site where the Martians first landed in H.G. Wells novel The War of the Worlds. Our race is in it’s fifth year and the route always goes through the historic sandpits we have chosen this as our theme and the name for the event.
The race is organised completely by volunteers and all proceeds are distributed to local charities that are carefully selected by the Woking Lions. Last year over £10,000 was given to local charities. This year we would like to surpass that. When you register for our race you will directly benefit local charities.
Horsell Common is privately owned common land with public access. Almost half of the common is designated as a Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI). We are very privileged to be able to run on the common and take our environmental responsibilities very seriously. The routes are chosen to respect the flora and fauna that live there and we strive to minimise our impact. Our races are always litter free and this year we have pledged to be free of single-use plastics.
Sunday 5th July 2020 at 9 a.m.
Horsell Common, Woking. The start and finish will be in McLaren park with parking at Fairoaks Airport. A free shuttle bus service will be available from Woking railway station.
Please consider leaving your car at home. Share a ride with someone or cycle, or walk or use our free shuttle bus. Parking spaces are limited and cars pollute our beautiful countryside.
A choice of 5k, 10k or 21k distances through the heathland of Horsell Common. The route is flat with a mixture of shaded woodland, heathland, the famous sandpits and grassy meadows. The 5k and 10k routes are a single lap, the 21k is two laps.
There run will at 09:00. For runners of the 21k route, the cut-off time for completion of the first lap will be 10:30. The cut-off time for the finish of all distances will be 12:00.
All finishers will be awarded a custom designer medal and there will be cash prizes for the winners.
Watch a video of the Horsell Runners running club as they do a recce of the route used in 2019 event:
Registration is subject to our Terms and Conditions.
The Lions Martian Race is proudly sponsored by:
The Lions Martian Race is also supported by:
- Woking Lions
- Horsell Common Preservation Society
- McLaren Group
- Fairoaks Airport
- Woking Community Transport (Bustler)
- Horsell Scouts
- Horsell Guides
- 3rd Knaphill Guides
- Horsell Co-op
- Boz’s Fruit and Veg
As well as a fabulous medal we will be awarding over £500 in cash prizes for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed male and female runners in each of the three distances.
Prizes will be presented at the event village straight after the end of each event. The prize giving for the 5k will be at 09:40am. For the 10k it will be at 10:00am, and for the 21k it will be at 10:45am.
- Medal for all finishers
- On-line registration
- Chip timing
- First aid
- Secure bag storage
- Water stations
- Free shuttle bus from Woking station
- Trail shoes recommended
- Traffic free
- Single-use plastic free event
- 100% volunteer organised
- All proceeds are distributed by the Woking Lions to selected charities