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The best day and night-time marathon and ultra-distance races in the Surrey Hills 

Canary Trail Events are an environmentally friendly trail running company based in Surrey, bringing you exceptionally runner friendly trail races, marathons, ultra marathons and special charitable running events.

With a generous cut-off of nine hours, the Two Towers 50km race is a fully marked single loop course with three well stocked checkpoints and has been designed to not only appeal to the experienced racer who wants to race it hard, but also for the first time ultra runners who want to experience a night race with a headtorch.

The race start at Mickleham Village Hall (Race HQ). The 50km route will be fully marked on the night with signs, tape & glowsticks. GPX files are available to all entrants.

50km night-time trail race

The Two Towers


Modelled on the infamous Caesars Camp races, The Copthorne Races take place in Surrey, featuring a wide mix of terrain, woodland and contouring in and around the Box Hill, Mickleham and Headley areas. Indeed, the race name is a play on words as Headley was part of the Copthorne Hundred, an administrative division devised by the Saxons.

The races start at Mickleham Village Hall (Race HQ) with a route of just over ten-mile loops (therefore the 50k consists of 3 loops), providing a cumulative of ascent gained of approximately 2,260 feet per loop. The route will be fully marked on the day with signs & tape. GPX files available to all entrants.

50km / 50 miles / 100km / 100 miles

The Copthorne Races

SATURDAY 25TH NOVEMBER 2024 @ 8:00am

Now in its eight year, the 8th 1st Annual Headtorch Marathon takes place on the 28th December from Mickleham Village Hall. A social Marathon with a difference. This guided event is the ideal way to enjoy a care free run over the hills chatting to your mates with the added bonus of working off some of those Christmas calories we all tend to pile on over the festive period.

This is a charity event and all profits from the event go to our charity for Liver Cancer Research at Kings College Hospital.

26.2(ish) mile guided marathon

The 8th 1st Annual 
Headtorchruns Marathon


The Winterfold 55 is a single loop course that takes in some of Surrey's most iconic trails including sections of the North Downs Way and the Greensands Way. The race starts from Mickelham Village Hall and and takes in Reigate Hill before looping round and heading out towards Leith Hill and Winterfold Woods, then heading up to the North Downs Way and Box Hill to complete the loop. The route and elevation already make this a tough event, but combine the unpredictable Winter weather with short daylight hours and it makes this an exceedingly challenging race.

55 mile winter endurance race

Winterfold 55


Starting at 9am at Powell Corderoy School in Dorking, the route takes in 4,000ft of ascent including the fabulous Pitch Hill, Holmbury Hill and Leith Hill whilst traversing some of the very best trails in the country before returning to the finish at the school. With an 8 hour cut off and three generously stocked aid stations, this single loop fully marked course is an ideal race for those who want to race hard, are making the transition from road marathons to trail events or for those trying their very first trail marathon.

26.2 mile trail marathon

Surrey Hills Marathon

SATURDAY 22nd MARCH 2025 @ 9:00am

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The Copthorne coffee idea is based on the Pending/Suspended coffee which started out in Italy as a way of buying a person in need a cup of coffee in an anonymous act of charity.

This came to us after one of our CTE regulars contacted us to say that they had had a good year and wanted to donate a place on the Copthorne 100 for anyone who wanted to race but was struggling a little with the financial crisis. We thought that it was a fantastic idea and immediately matched it with a free place from us as well. We advertised the places and were amazed at the response from the Canary trails community, with offers of donations coming in thick and fast.

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