THE SPORTS LOCKER
Looking to let off some steam? In search of a new sporting regime? Check out these forthcoming sports fixtures and events taking place in Surrey this March…
THE NUTS CHALLENGE / MARCH 2 – 3 / DORKING
Get wet, wild and downright dirty as the obstacle course of all obstacle courses – Nuts Challenge – returns to the wilds of the Surrey Hills. Choose from 7, 14, 21 or 28k races for a ridiculously fun-fuelled day of fitness.
For more information, visit www.thenutschallenge.co.uk
THE UK WIFE CARRYING RACE / MARCH 3 / THE NOWER, DORKING
Not for the faint-hearted, and ideally suited to those in a loving relationship who don’t mind being thrown over their partner’s shoulder, the UK, Wife Carrying Race makes a return to Dorking this March. The winner will be invited to compete at the world title competition, taking place in Finland later on this year.
For more information, visit www.trionium.com
THE LEITH HILL HALF / MARCH 3 / LEITH HILL, DORKING
Take part in a truly breath taking marathon and scale the South East’s highest point in the Leith Hill Half this March. Work your way through Westcott village by running on weaving pathways and bridleways to the top of the hill – and back down again to the finish line.
For more information, visit www.trionium.com
GRAND MILITARY GOLD CUP / MARCH 8 / SANDOWN PARK, ESHER
Experience a race day steeped in heritage and tradition, as the Gold Military Cup makes a return to Esher’s Sandown Park. First run back in 1841, the race will feature some of the finest military amateur jockeys in the country. Gates open at midday and children under-18 go free with an accompanying adult.
For more information, visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk/sandown
WOKING FC VS CHIPPENHAM TOWN / MARCH 9 / LAITHWAITE COMMUNITY STADIUM, WOKING
Seeking to cement their position in the table to gain promotion via the playoffs, or the automatic champion’s spot, Woking F.C will need to put in a disciplined performance to overcome the tricky mid-table opposition of Chippenham Town.
For more information, visit www.wokingfc.co.uk
THE MERCER SURREY HALF MARATHON / MARCH 10 / WOKING LEISURE CENTRE
Regarded as one of the UK’s best half-marathon and road races, sign up, set goals and beat PBs – all while raising money for a multitude of charities. With music and entertainment provided by community-led radio station Kane FM, expect fitness and a tonne of fun at this year’s Mercer Surrey Half Marathon. If you’re planning to watch, be sure to check out the route online so you know the best places to support all the racers.
For more information, visit www.aat-events.com
GUILDFORD FLAMES VS DUNDEE STARS / MARCH 31 / SPECTRUM LEISURE COMPLEX, GUILDFORD
The Elite Ice Hockey League concludes its regular round of fixtures this March with Guildford Flames welcoming their Dundee-based counterparts to Guildford. Catch all the action as the Flames bid to secure the valuable points needed for qualification into the playoffs.
For more information, visit www.guildfordflames.com
SIX NATIONS RUGBY / MARCH 16 / THE BEAR, ESHER
Take in all the action as the final three-fixtures of the Six Nations tournament is played out to determine who will be crowned this year’s winners. Can England continue the fine form that they’ve displayed so far in the competition? Or will the Scots succeed in turning over their auld foes?
For more information, visit www.bearesher.co.uk
PALACE HALF-MARATHON / MARCH 17 / HAMPTON COURT PALACE
Take part in a historical half marathon, commencing at Hampton Court Palace gates and concluding in its stunning gardens. If you’ve still got the legs for it after the race, get lost in the famous maze and check out the world’s largest grapevine.
For more information, visit www.palacehalf.com
VOLKSWORLD / MARCH 23 – 24 / SANDOWN PARK, ESHER
Keen on the Camper? Big on the Beetle? Lovers of these cult classic motor machines should head to Volks World, held at Sandown Park, Esher. Experience a gargantuan quantity of gasoline guzzling mean machines on display, as well as entertainment and music throughout the weekend. Make the most of it and enjoy both days by camping out in your, erm, camper.
For more information, visit www.volksworldshows.com
SIGMA SPORTS SURREY CYCLONE SPORTIVE / MARCH 23 / DUNSFOLD AERODROME, CRANLEIGH
Take to the saddle in this cycling sportive that will take you through the Surrey and Sussex countryside. Start off at Dunsfold Aerodrome near Cranleigh, choosing from either an epic 77-mile route, the standard 53 miles or the shorter course of 37 miles.
For more information, visit www.ukyclingevents.co.uk
BROOKLANDS MINI DAY / MARCH 24 / BROOKLANDS MUSEUM, WEYBRIDGE
Mad about your Mini? All types of Minis are invited to Brooklands Museum for the annual Mini Day Event, in celebration of this mighty machine. From the oldest to the newest, catch some true automotive classics in action on Test Hill. In addition, there will be a number of stands selling memorabilia, parts and spares.
For more information, visit www.brooklandsmuseum.com
BOLT ROUND THE HOLT / MARCH 30 / ALICE HOLT FOREST, FARNHAM
Raise money for local charity GUTS (Guildford Undetected Tumour Screening) and take part in the 11th annual Bolt Round The Holt taking place at Alice Holt Forest near Farnham. Fun for the whole family, including Fido the dog, choose from a variety of races including a Half Marathon, 5k and 10k, a 5k and 10k canicross (with your dog), or let the little ones compete in their very own 1k race.
For more information, visit www.nice-work.org.uk
SURREY SCORCHERS VS LONDON LIONS / MARCH 31 / SURREY SPORTS PARK, GUILDFORD
Ever been to a basketball game? Enjoy four quarters of end-to-end action as the Surrey Scorchers take on the London Lions in the BBL Championship this March. The Scorchers will be hoping to dent the Lions’ ambition to be crowned league champions, as well adding some valuable points to their tally to help improve on a so far rather lacklustre season.
For more information, visit www.surreyscorchers.co.uk
YOGA, PILATES AND MEDITATION / THE KONASANA DOME, THE MEDICINE GARDEN, COBHAM
Looking to kick-start your day with some Yoga, Pilates or meditation? Find the time to unwind at the Konsana Dome found at the Medicine Garden in Cobham. Providing a range of great classes, geared towards helping your body and mind feel rejuvenated and re-energised, discover this peaceful place, home to healthy habits.
For more information, visit www.konasana.co.uk
ALDWYCH ICE SPEED SKATING CLUB / GUILDFORD SPECTRUM LEISURE CENTRE
Satisfy your need for speed and sign up to join Aldwych Speed Skating Club, based at Guildford’s Spectrum Leisure Complex. Think you’ve got what it takes to ice speed skate? The competitive short-track club trains twice a week with new skaters of all abilities welcome to join the ranks and try out what could soon become your new favourite way to get fit.
For more information, visit www.aldwychspeedclub.com