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Winter Tanners

17-Jan-2021 Leatherhead Municipal Carpark TQ163566, Surrey, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
48KM / 30Miles
1 Day

Alternate Distances: 32KM/20M

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

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Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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10:18 15-02-17

I took part in this, my first LDWA event this year (January 2017).
The route, which changes each year, takes in a lot of the North Downs area and being in the middle of winter it's muddy. Very muddy. And a bit hilly.
The route notes needed to ensure you're on the right track do take a while to get the hang of and I was lucky to be running with two others - one who knew the area quite well so the route notes were easily referred to real points and features known.
The volunteers at the aid stations were great but don't expect it to be as slick as at some ultras - this is no way a criticism just a more laidback way as it is primarily a walking event that allows runners.
The cost of these events are great - even if you're not a member of the LDWA. You get a certificate of your time but no medal/t-shirt but this is made for the cake at the end and the fact that you just completed a challenging winter event.
A great day out in the middle of winter.

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03:05 13-01-16

My first experience of a LDWA event. Did not disappoint!! This is an amazing value run: its not really a race (no prizes and the finish times won't be published in a way that makes seeing where you finished in the field easy) more of a 30 mile catered run. That said the check points and volunteers were fantastic and the route description fun to follow. Reading and running wasn't a massive deal and the overwhelming support, friendship and camaraderie of everyone made this one of my best ultra distance runs to date. Thoroughly recommend to anyone considering it!!!!

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01:27 13-01-16

I love the value of LDWA Challenge events. Great atmosphere, great volunteers, great checkpoints and all for a fraction of the price of your average race. You can treat it as a race or as a sociable training run. Navigating using the route description slows me down a lot but other people seem to do it more speedily and the descriptions are very accurate.

Conditions were brutal this year - the Marshals walk had ensured the route was 'passable', but this basically means your feet touch the ground and your head is still above water! I was thigh deep in water a few times and the mud was epic, but once you embraced it, it was great fun and great training!

Changing the route each year stops this from being boring for anyone that wants to do it annually. It always starts and finishes in the same place which is easy to find and near the station.

I would highly recommend this to anyone as long as you're not afraid of a few hills and a lot of mud. There are lots of ultras on the North Downs Way, so this would be a great long training run for anyone doing one of these. There are some great views at the top of the hills!

Thanks again to the LDWA for a great event.

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01:19 13-01-16

The Long Distance Walkers Association (LDWA) put on some fabulously challenging events throughout the year and Winter Tanners is no exception. Held on the second week in January you can be at the mercy of some pretty challenging weather conditions. The terrain is also affected by the weather - gravel tracks can turn into mud soup and shoe stealing mud pits!!
Last year I attempted a slightly different course - mainly due to reading from page 2 of the instructions at the start but also because this event has a slightly different route each year. So past knowledge of the route is of little benefit!
This year I'm pleased to say the route instructions were spot on and so was my navigation! The mud, mud, shoe stealing mud, soup mud, slippy mud and extra mud along with welly topping deep puddles of muddy water along the trail was hilarious fun - if you were prepared for it, which I was!! The weather this year was incredibly kind on the day with only a mild shower in the afternoon. The trails were beautiful as always along with the views!
As with most LDWA events the checkpoints were a feast of friendly faces and nibbles to munch on. Without those friendly faces running these events it would be a very different day out!
With a little orienteering and making sure you can follow route instructions this course is a fun challenge. Get in early if you want a place though. This event sells out and I can understand why.
Punchbowl in February next - more hills, more views :-)

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Philip Chaston

08:21 13-01-16

The Winter Tanners is an LDWA challenge starting in Leatherhead with two options: twenty or thirty miles. I opt for the latter as this is the soak up the Mince pies and sacrifice Xmas excess to mud.

With the weather, I chose boots over my running trainers. Not that it made all that much difference. The self enclosed footpath in Effingham was flooded: you were going to get wet and muddy whatever path you took. So, we all ended up ploughing on through the ankle high sludge.

The route runs from Leatherhead leisure centre, by country paths down towards Horsley. Then, it snakes south round Albury and heads back up along the North Downs Way before closing the circle. As this was a new route, that avoided Tanners and Steer field entirely, I can identify this as an encouraging start to a year of challenges.

Roll on the Punchbowl!

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Lisa Walbridge

08:25 12-01-16

10 Jan 2016
Great 'stripped' down event - 3 CPs and some very precise directions to navigate around Surrey. Muddiest of the 3 years I've ran. Bonus of hot showers afterwards at the local leisure centre. Highly recommended:-)

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08:03 12-01-16

January 10th 2016

I love this race...no map, gpx...just 'directions'!

Brilliantly organised by the LDWA...open to runners, walkers and general mud lovers, this event never fails to deliver. Each year presents an interesting course on the trails and tracks of Surrey. 20 or 30 mile options available...and cake.

This year's event though not as undulating as previous was considered the 'hardest' by many of the regulars...due to the Somme like conditions..but I didn't see a frown anywhere. There's no bling on offer (who cares anyway?) - just a fun day - and it's cheap!

Great 'season' opener, new friends made and old embraced. Entry for 2017 opens in October...get your name down early, it does sell out. Easy to see why!

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