Trail Running
Mountain Biking

Sunday 31st January 2021

Off-Road Duathlon and 10km Trail Run


with kind support and raising funds for Friends of the Hurtwood


3rd January: I have made the decision to Cancel the Hurtleberry which was due to take place on Sunday 31st January. I am sure I don’t need to explain the reasons. The statistics for the new strain of the virus are ever so high and I can’t promote that the event will be able to take place at the end of the month. Therefore I am going to close entries and activate a full 100% refund to those who are signed up. Thank you for showing your faith, your money should be back with you in a week or so. Please be safe and we will see you again at some point in the future. Adam, Event organiser.

23rd December: It is looking as though the spread of the Tier 4 ‘Stay at hone’ area today is making it highly unlikely this event will be able to take place. It is a shame as I find myself in a position where I can’t really market it. It is unlikely we will be in a favourable position at the end of January, so it looks as though I will have to concede defeat again, close entries and refund those who have already signed up. We have had amazing support from the Hurtwood, who will be keen to support a new date once we are enable to. I’m sorry.

22nd December Update: The Hurtwood is currently in Tier 4 ‘Stay at Home’ but Entries will remain open with the 100% Refund Guarantee for Covid cancellation. The situation can change with the next review of Tiers on the 30th December (also 13th and 27th January). Bear with me as I am keen to deliver this event for you, and prepared to do so at short notice. Just keep an eye on here for any updates. Have a great Christmas and New Year! Adam

19th December 22:00: I also watched what Boris had to say! I will have to keep the situation under review. We are still a month away. I don’t think anyone saw a Tier 4 coming into play of a 3 Tier system so soon after Wednesday’s announcement. I’m going to hold fire at the moment, but to say I am aware. You know your entry fee will again be refunded if we can’t possibly go ahead. I will keep you posted here.

18th December: I am continuing to monitor the situation. The venue remains in Tier 2 following the latest update. Entries remain open.

11th December: Plans are coming together for the new date in January. We will listen closely to Boris’s announcements. The next government update will be on the 16th of December.

3rd December: We are back with a NEW 2021 date! Entries are open. Early bird prices end at the end of the year, 31/12/20.

4th November: We were on site today (see below) to prepare the bike route for our return event in January. 







The bike route takes in some of the best single track there is in Surrey!
See Youtube clips below…

Due to the current situation, this is looking to be a socially distanced event with participants setting off over a rolling start window. I will be monitoring the situation as event date approaches and posting updates on here. There will not be a mass start as before.

I would like to reassure all entrants that I am offering a full 100% automatic (may take a week to come through) entry refund should The Hurtleberry not be able to go ahead due to Government or Local Restrictions coming into force.
All those who were signed up for the November event received a 100% refund.

Pre-Packed Event packs with number and timing dibber are collected on the day.
Competitors shall receive emails in the run up.

Free Bike Course Recce day guided by Elite Mountain Biker Jon Heasman on a Sunday before in January. For more details
and to sign-up, go here: Course Recce Day

Below is some footage of the mountain bike route singletrack down the ‘Yoghurt Pots’ and along ‘Telegraph Row’

2018 Race ReportPhotos.

Previous Year’s Route Map
This map is currently being updated for a 2020 version.

GPX of routes:
Bike route: Bike GPX
10k Trail Run route: Run GPX

Strava Link for Bike Route

Hurtleberry Facebook Event Page, say that you are going! Discussion group now open for chat.

The Hurtleberry is set in The Hurtwood, a unique and beautiful woodland in the heart of the Surrey Hills, an area of outstanding natural beauty.

Event Summary

Weather The weather in Holmbury

Car parking is on-site and a short walk from the Event Village.  The car parking is accessed through Holmbury Hill car park (RH5 6NU) off of Radnor Road, where there will be marshals to direct you.  Follow the signage to the Registration.

Registration from 07:30am.

Rolling Starts from 09:00am.

Timing and how to dib

Due to the nature of a rolling start at this event, I will be using the SI timing dibbers to log your times. This will require you to dib in at the start,  and the to stop your time at the finish. If you are using the Transition in the Duathlons, you will also need to dib in and out each time.

The local Heartwork Coffee trailer will be there. Many of you will be familiar with their spot on Bulmer Farm in the village of Holmbury St Mary.

I have booked the Holmbury St Mary village hall, a short 5-minute walk from HQ for toilet access only.

Final Arrangement to be finalised. These will be in small socially distanced waves and effectively self-seeded so, faster competitors are encouraged to start off first.

Trail Runs  
10k  = £25.00,  (£30.00 OTD)
09:00am – This signed woodland run will follow the same route as the first part of the Duathlon.

10k run with your dog  = £25.00,  (£30.00 OTD) 09:00am – We welcome the running with dogs.  Please indicate on your entry that you intend to run with your dog. The November conditions will be ideal for our 4 legged friends.

Off-Road Duathlons – Run/Bike/Run
This Duathlon event will be electronically timed using dibbers and will start with a run.  Competitors will follow arrows guiding them through the woodland before returning to the event village to pick up their bike from the transition area.  Arrows will then be followed around the bike course which again will bring competitors back to the transition area where their bikes will be left to then head off on the final shorter run to the finish.

This is going to be a great event on what can be quite a challenging course with fire tracks and single track parts on the bike.

There is also now a Relay option so that you can share the experience with your friends.  The fee for this is only £10 more than a solo entry. For teams of 2 or 3, one can run while the other cycles.

Cut-offs, There will be a cut-off on the Full Duathlon.

09:00am – Sprint Duathlon, 5k/10k/2k  = £40.00 (£45.00 OTD)
09:00am – Full Duathlon, 7k/20k/4k      = £50.00 (£55.00 OTD)
09:00am – Full Duathlon Relay, 7k/20k/4k      = £60.00 (£65.00 OTD)

Here we captured the long Hurtleberry descent


Prizes will be provided by Vittoria Tyres and other bits to be confirmed.

Event Location
The Hurtwood
Surrey Hills

The nearest Station is Gomshall, 4.5 miles cycle away.

Free Off-Road parking on-site, medical cover, refreshments from Heartwork Coffee, Electronic timing.

There might well be some basic Mechanical Support on the day.