THE SPORTS LOCKER
Love sport? From rugby and running to swimming under the stars and cycling – check out our favourite sports events, fixtures, workshops and classes taking place this May…
MAY FRIDAY RACEDAY / MAY 10 / ASCOT RACECOURSE
Start your weekend early, and watch the opening fixture of Ascot’s May racing weekend with a six-race card of flat racing. In addition to racing, browse and buy foodie treats from a host of street-food pop-ups and eclectic bars.
For more information, visit www.ascot.co.uk
THE PEPER HAROW POINT TO POINT / MAY 11 / PEPER HAROW
Experience the thrill of jump racing up close-up, at Surrey’s very own Point to Point. Watch jockeys and their steeds go head-to- head against the beautiful backdrop of Peper Harow house, in the amateur version of the National Hunt races you see at Cheltenham and Aintree.
For more information, visit www.surreyptp.co.uk
THE ALL NATIONS 5K AND 10K RUN / MAY 11 / DORNEY LAKE, ETON
If you’ve been harbouring the ambition of representing your country on the sports field, then the All Nations 5k and 10k is your chance. Set at the stunning Olympic venue Dorney Lake, don your country’s colours and take part in this fast flat race this May.
For more information, visit www.thefixevents.com
THE BREAKFAST RUN / MAY 12 / LOSELEY PARK, GUILDFORD
Enjoy an early dash around the scenic grounds of Loseley House in this 11.4km double-lap road-race, which sets off at 8.30am, with a 1.6km kids run following on at 8.40am. Weary legs can be treated by a team from Guildford Sports Clinic, who will be offering finish-line massages.
For more information, visit www.aat-events.com
SOMATIC MOVEMENT WORKSHOP / MAY 12 / YOGA FOR HARMONY, WINDSOR
If you’re feeling that stress may be affecting your body negatively and in-turn your weekly workout – then understanding Somatic Movement may be just what you need. Discover a series of simple moves to help you regain control of tight muscles, work working towards easing any discomfort or pain you’re suffering by following your current fitness regime.
For more information, visit www.yogaforharmony.co.uk
MONDAY NIGHT RACING / MAY 13 + 20 / ROYAL WINDSOR RACECOURSE
Monday night racing returns to Royal Windsor Racecourse, promising an exhilarating night of speed and stamina under the floodlights. Enjoy 7 competitive races, with the first taking place 5.20pm and the last commencing at 8.20pm. Children under 18 race for free, when accompanied by a paying adult.
For more information, visit www.windsor-racecourse.co.uk
STARLIGHT SWIMMING SESSIONS / MAY 16 / GUILDFORD LIDO
Fancy swimming under the stars this May? As Guildford Lido reopens for the summer you’ll be able to take part in these magical Starlight Swimming sessions, held monthly from 9 pm – 10 pm.
For more information, visit www.freedom-leisure.co.uk
WEY AHEAD WALK AND RUN / MAY 18 / JUBILEE SQUARE, WOKING
Supporting a plethora of local mental health-focussed charities such as CornerHouse, Status Employment and Oakleaf, take part in either a 5km, 15km, 25km, or 32km walk and run alongside the Basingstoke Canal and River Wey this May.
For more information, visit www.aat-events.com
THE MAVERICK INOV-8 ORIGINAL / MAY 18 / POLESDEN LACEY
Take a trail run in the awe-inspiring Surrey Hills with the Maverick Inov-8 Original race. Set off from the ground of The National Trust’s Polseden Lacey Estate, before climbing and descending your way around this breathtaking countryside course.
For more information, visit www.maverick-race.com
OPEN WATER SWIMMING SEMINAR / MAY 18 / DORNEY LAKE, ETON
Whether you’re keen to know more about open water swimming or are in the midst of training for a triathlon this seminar, held at Dorney Lake in Eton, will provide top tips and advice for novices and those looking to improve their technique. Take part in a 45-minute theory class, before taking to the water for a further 45-minute swim.
For more information, visit www.humanrace.co.uk
LITTLE LUMPY SPORTIVE 2019 / MAY 19 / HASLEMERE
Little Lumpy is back for another classic cycling Sportive, offering riders the chance to travel an epic route ranging from 40 to 100 miles. Set off from Haslemere in Surrey and onto a course full of testing climbs of up to 8434 feet, and take in stunning views of the South on your way.
For more information, visit www.littlelumpy.co.uk
RICHMOND PARK MARATHON / MAY 19 / SAWYER’S HILL, RICHMOND
Legs at the ready, as the Richmond Park full marathon takes place, offering participants 26.2 miles of running that will take in the sights of scenic Richmond Park. Taking two laps to complete the distance, start at Sheen Gate and head towards Richmond Gate, where you’ll get a buena vista of London’s panoramic skyline in the distance, before heading on to the Tamsin Trail and on towards Petersham Gate.
For more information, visit www.1m2go.co.uk
KELLY’S CYCLE CHALLENGE / MAY 19 / ALICE HOLT, FARNHAM
Returning for the sixth year, Kelly’s Cycle Challenge returns to Alice Holt, near Farnham, for an awesome open road cycle ride. Choose from three different courses, with distances of 74, 54, or 25 miles. Get the kids involved too, and accompany them on a 7-mile ride, on the road and through the forest.
For more information, visit www.charity.kellystorage.co.uk
INTRODUCTION TO TRAIL RUNNING / MAY 19 / HOLMBURY ST. MARY
Love the great outdoors? Heard about trail running but not sure where to start? Get expert tuition and guidance from local UK Athletics Trail & Fell Running Coach, Jude Palmer and get the lowdown on running among the ups and downs of the Surrey Hills.
For more information, visit www.runsurreyhills.com
PIZZA RUN / MAY 19 / TOW PATH NEXT TO WALTON BRIDGE
Love to run a race? Want some pizza with that PB dough? That’s right! Pizza Run arrives in Walton this month for a fun run followed by delicious pizza. Whether you want to be just plain silly, or get in some serious training for future events, Pizza Run promises much fun.
For more information, visit www.pizzarun.co.uk
EVENING RACING / MAY 22 / KEMPTON PARK RACECOURSE
Witness the thrill and excitement of flat racing under the floodlights of Kempton Park with a midweek meeting this May. Gates open at 4.25pm with the last race set for 8.55pm.
For more information, visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk
HSBC LONDON SEVENS / MAY 25 – 26 / TWICKENHAM STADIUM
Expect an action-packed weekend of rugby as the annual World Rugby Seven series of tournaments returns to Twickenham this May Bank Holiday.
For more information, visit www.twickenhamstadium.com
EVENING FLAT RACING / MAY 30 / SANDOWN PARK, ESHER
Thursday is the new Friday at Sandown Park, so why not start your weekend early and enjoy an evening of maximum horsepower there at this flat race meeting in May?
For more information, visit www.thejockeyclub.co.uk
RUN/WALK FOR PROSECCO / JUNE 1 / THE SIX BELLS, FARNHAM
Be rewarded with bubbles at this fabulous Run for Prosecco event held in Farnham. Set off from the Six Bells and enjoy stunning views of Farnham Castle before returning to pick up your medal – and a well-deserved glass of something sparkling!
For more information, visit www.riotsquadclub.com
RACE FOR LIFE PRETTY MUDDY / JUNE 1 / WINDSOR
For those who don’t mind getting messy, Race For Life Pretty Muddy is a 5k obstacle course that will see you scrambling over the A-frame before crawling through the mud pit, all the while raising money for Cancer Research UK
For more information, visit www.raceforlife.cancerresearchuk.org
PLOGGING / JUNE 3 / ETNA COMMUNITY CENTER, TWICKENHAM
If you’re sick of the sight of the litter when you’re out on your daily run, then why not help the environment and join Twickenham’s very own Plogging run? Be a sport and meet at 9 am on the first Monday of each month, and do some good for your local environment by picking up litter with a team of like-minded joggers.
For more information, visit www.environmenttrust.org
ADVENTURE GOLF / TOP GOLF, ADDLESTONE
Sport doesn’t have to be so serious all the time, does it? Why not grab a gang of pals and take a trip to Top Golf in Addlestone for a game of adventure golf? Pay close attention to the obstacles on this 14-hole course, and putt for glory and bragging rights!
For more information, visit www.topgolf.com
SUP YOGA / SATURDAYS / QUAYS WAKE & SKI, MYTCHETT
Love Yoga? Love a challenge? Found over in Mytchett at Quays Wake & Ski, yoga enthusiasts are invited to take the task to water at Quays’ Sup Yoga classes, held on Saturday mornings. The concept? Simple: swap your yoga mat for a paddleboard, head out onto the water and let the class begin! The added challenge of balancing on your board and adapting to the water’s movement will only enhance the experience.
For more information, visit www.quays.co
PADDLEBOARDING / ARCH 110, BARRY AVENUE, WINDSOR
Are you in need of a new fitness regime? Thought about Paddleboarding? Take to the Thames River in Windsor, and paddle past the iconic Windsor Castle for a water-based workout with a difference.
For more information, visit www.paddleboardinglondon.co.uk
BASKETBALL JAM / EVERY FRIDAY / SURREY SPORTS PARK, GUILDFORD
Shoot some hoops and play against fellow b-ball enthusiasts at this weekly Friday night basketball jam, held at Surrey Sports Park. Meet fellow players and bring your best game – from 8pm-10pm.
For more information, visit www.surreyscorchers.co.uk
THE ROCKBOX / SPECTRUM LEISURE COMPLEX, GUILDFORD
For those seeking to test their core strength, indoor rock- climbing is a great workout for your whole body, and comes with that satisfied feeling of accomplishment once you’ve conquered your climb. Fancy a go? Climb and crawl your way to the top of the Rockbox climbing experience found at Guildford Spectrum.
For more information, visit www.guildfordspectrum.co.uk
THE ROYAL TENNIS COURT / HAMPTON COURT PALACE
Fancy something a bit different? The Royal Tennis Court at Hampton Court Palace serves up a historical rendition of the game, as well as playing host to various tournaments held throughout the year. Spectate from the viewing gallery above, or even inquire about joining the Private members club and take to the courts yourself.
For more information, visit www.hrp.org.uk