The Lions Martian Race is provisionally booked for Sunday 30th June 2024. Back again a 2k (kids fun run), 5k, 10k and the 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. 

The event is growing and the 2023 sums are still being counted but we have exceeded our £10,000 target.  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 30th June 2024 at 9 a.m. 

Race timing is provisionally booked as follows:

9.00 2km Kids Race

9.30 21km race

9.40 10km race

9.50 5km race


Horsell Common, Woking.  The start and finish will be in McLaren Technology Park (same as previous years).  The date is provisional as it is subject to the Formula 1 2024 calendar which is not yet published, however its great to start to plan and programme things in 1 year ahead!

We will be updating this section shortly when things are confirmed and once we have confirmed parking arrangements At this point we are not selling car park passes.

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 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 The cut-off time for the finish of all distances will be 12:30.

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

Prices for the 2024 race

From 1st
Feb 2024
From 1st
May 2024
2km Fun Run£5£5.5£6
5km Race


10km Race


21km Race



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.


We are confirming sponsors for 2024 and we hope some of our 2023 sponsors continue their valuable support. The Lions Martian Race 2024 race was 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