The Lions Martian Race on Sunday 25th June 2023, is a 2k (kids fun run), 5k, 10k or 21k race through the shaded woodland of Horsell Common near Woking, Surrey.

The race is organised completely by volunteers and all proceeds are distributed to local charities that are carefully selected by the Woking Lions.  Over £10,000 was given to local charities from money raised from our last run.  Next year we would like to surpass that.  When you register for our race you will directly benefit local charities.

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 Sixth year and the route always goes through the historic sandpits we have chosen this as our theme and the name for the event.

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 once again we have pledged to be free of single-use plastics.


Sunday 25th June 2023 at 9 a.m. 

Race timing is as follows:

9.00 2km Kids Race

9.30 21km race

9.45 10km race

10.00 5km race


Horsell Common, Woking.  The start and finish will be in McLaren Technology Park (same as previous years).  NOTE NEW for this year, parking (optional extra on registration) will be a short walk from the race start at McLaren Technology Staff car park – NOT at Fairoaks Airport as in previous years.

Please consider leaving your car at home.  Share a ride with someone, cycle, or walk.  Parking spaces are limited and cars pollute our beautiful countryside.

The Race

A choice of 2k Kids Fun run (Age restricted), 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 2K fun race will be around the McLaren parkland, all in close distance of the Race Village. The 5k and 10k routes are a single lap, the 21k is two laps.

The runs will start from most likely with the 21km Race first, closely followed by the other distances. We are working on a staggered start to avoid crowding.  The cut-off time for the finish of all distances will be 12:00.

All finishers will be awarded a custom designer  medal (including the Kids fun run) and there will be cash prizes for the race winners.

Watch a video of the Horsell Runners running club as they do a recce of the route used in 2019 event:


From 1st
Feb 2023
From 1st May 2023
2km Fun Run£4£4£5
5km Race


10km Race


21km Race



Prices include VAT but exclude on-line registration and card processing fees.  Terms and conditions apply which can be read on our registration page.


The Lions Martian Race 2023 is proudly sponsored by:

The Lions Martian Race 2023 is proudly supported by


As well as a fabulous medal, we have over £500 in cash prizes which will be shared and awarded to the 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed male and female runners in each of the three race distances. Prizes will be presented at the event village straight after the end of each event.

Feature checklist

  • Medal for all finishers
  • Prizes
  • Chip timing
  • Traffic Free
  • Flat
  • Water Stations
  • Parking
  • Toilets
  • Secure bag storage
  • Access to Coffee and snack stalls
  • Single-use plastic free event
  • 100% volunteer organised
  • All proceeds are distributed by the Woking Lions to selected charities