The Martian Race is now confirmed for Sunday 16th June 2024. Back again a 2k (mini-martians race), 5k, 10k and the 21k race through the shaded woodland of Horsell Common near Woking, Surrey. All Proceeds for Woking Lions Charity

The race is organised completely by volunteers and all proceeds are distributed to local charities that are carefully selected by the Woking Lions. 

The event is growing with 2023 raising £13,500.  In 2024 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 16th June 2024 at 9 a.m. 

Yes this is fathers day so why not come along support your kids race, and then run yourself where they can support you! A fun morning out to celebrate Fathers Day, Running and the wonderful countryside all to raise vital funds for Woking Lions Charity!!

Taking feedback on board we have bought the races forward with race timing provisionally scheduled as follows:

8.45 2km Mini-Martians race

9.15 21km race

9.30 10km race

9.30 5km race


Horsell Common, Woking.  The start and finish will be in McLaren Technology Park (same as previous years).  

Car Parking is available to purchase at point of entry and will be at McLaren Technology Park. Cars will only be admitted with a proof of purchase of car park / QR code – purchased before the event. Due to the limited number of car parking spaces, please do not turn up on the day hoping to pay for it not he gate. Full details will be sent in the joining instructions email before the event.

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

The Race

A choice of 2k Mini-Martians Race (Age restricted kids race), 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 The cut-off time for the finish of all distances will be 12:30.

All finishers will be awarded a medal (including the mini-martians race) and there will be cash prizes for the adult race winners.

Prices for the 2024 race

Early bird
to 1st Nov 2023
To 1st
Feb 2024
To 1st
May 2024
To 16th
Race Day
2km Mini-Martian Race£4.5£5£5.50£6
5km Race £13 £16 £17£18
10km Race £19 £23 £26£28
21km Race £28
£34 £37£45

On the day prices will be available ONLY if places exist but payment MUST be made before the 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 Martian Race 2024 race is proudly sponsored by:

The Lions Martian Race 2024 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
  • Merch to buy!
  • 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