THE SPORTS LOCKER
sports and fitness in surrey this august
Head into the great outdoors this month and enjoy a bumper month of sports events in Surrey. Whether you want to sit back and spectate or sweat it out and compete, find below the best bits taking place this August. From wakeboarding and wild swimming to volleyball, marathons and much more, take a peek at what we’ve picked out for you.
SUMMER OF SPORT / AUGUST 1 – 31 / DEVIL’S PUNCHBOWL, HINDHEAD
Get out and about and into the great outdoors as the scenic environs of the Devil’s Punchbowl host a Summer of Sport. Suitable for friends and families alike, head for the green near the viewpoint between 10 am and 4 pm and find some free fun sporty games to play such as football, volleyball and bowls. Sounds great, right?
For more information, visit nationaltrust.org.uk
SURREY V LEICESTERSHIRE / AUGUST 2 / GUILDFORD CRICKET CLUB
Like cricket? No! Love it? Yes! The Guildford Cricket Festival continues this August as Surrey takes on Leicestershire in the Royal London One Day Cup. Having already played host to Surrey vs Sri Lanka’ A’ earlier this summer, Guildford Cricket Club on Woodbridge Road will again see some first-class cricket taking place just a swinging six away from the town centre. Get tickets quick.
For more information, visit eticketing.co.uk/surreytickets/
DUBAI DUTY FREE SHERGAR CUP / AUGUST 6 / ASCOT RACECOURSE
Ready for some racing? Witness the world’s top jockeys compete for points as teams vie to win the ultimate accolade. One of the racecourse’s most popular race days, expect the perfect blend of entertainment both on and off the track as teams include Great Britain and Ireland, Europe, the Rest of The World and 2018 winners, The Girls’ team compete for the Shergar Cup. Following a day of racing, catch Grammy Award winners Clean Bandit as they’re joined by The Hoosiers, Sam Henshaw and Marvin Hulmes for a night of non-stop dancing.
For more information, visit ascot.com
PHOENIX SUMMER MARATHON / AUGUST 6 / ELMBRIDGE XCEL SPORTS HUB, WALTON
Whether you fancy a half marathon or a full, take on this gorgeous summer marathon that’ll see you running beside the River Thames from Walton-on-Thames toward Hampton Court and back. With a staggered start from 8.30 am, this is a flat, off-road trail along the riverside towpath.
For more information, visit phoenixrunning.co.uk
WAKESURFING / QUAYS WAKE & SKI, MYTCHETT
Have you got that need for speed? Adrenaline junkies and thrill-seekers note that the latest craze in water sports has arrived at Quays Wake & Ski found near Mytchett. A hybrid between wakeboarding and surfing, test yourself with a wet and wild afternoon Wakesurfing on the lake this month. If you’re a surfer who lives inland, this is the perfect way to get your fix between trips to the coast.
For more information, visit quays.co
SHERE 42K / AUGUST 13 / SHERE RECREATION GROUND, SHERE
Trek Hire’s annual Shere 42k, 21k and 10k race across the Surrey Hills returns for runners to take on the ups and downs of this multi-terrain course. Sign-up online before striding through stunning trails and potentially setting a new PB.
For more information, visit trekhireuk.com
E-FOILING / BUCKLAND PARK LAKE
This August, take to the water (and the sky) and try your hand at the latest watersports craze, e-foiling (electric hydrofoiling). A tonne of fun, Reigate-based The SHAC are one of the first companies in the UK to offer efoil coaching and experiences. But what is e-foiling? Think surfing but hovering over the water at the same time. Sound wild, right? Get involved and sign up today.
For more information, visit theshac.co.uk
WOKING FC V DAGENHAM & REDBRIDGE / AUGUST 13 / THE LAITHWAITE COMMUNITY STADIUM, WOKING
The Vanarama National League season begins at The Laithwaite Community Stadium as Woking FC plays their first home game against their old foes Dagenham and Redbridge. Can new manager Darren Sarll set a precedent for a positive campaign full of points? Catch the Cards in action and book some tickets today.
For more information, visit wokingfc.co.uk
RICHMOND PARK HALF MARATHON / AUGUST 14 / RICHMOND PARK
Start your Sunday over at the beautiful, leafy Richmond Park and sign up for this Half Marathon this month. Managed as a Royal Deer Park since the 17th Century, catch a glimpse of these magnificent creatures as you hot foot it around the park as quick as you can. Start time: 9.30 am.
For more information, visit runthrough.co.uk
OPEN WATER SWIMMING / TUESDAYS, THURSDAYS, SATURDAYS + SUNDAYS / LIQUID LEISURE, SHEPPERTON
Love nature? Love to swim outdoors? Brace yourself for a dip in the lake at Liquid Leisure in Shepperton for a spot of open water swimming. Take to the lanes in their brand-new lake pool or head for a lap around the entire aquatic arena – the choice is yours. Taking place on Saturday and Sunday mornings and Tuesday and Thursday early evenings; sign up online and enjoy the enlivening experience of some cold-water exposure.
For more information, visit liquidleiure.com
BDOVELO SUMMER RIDE / AUGUST 18 / DENBIES WINE ESTATE, DORKING
Mix business with pleasure and join this BDOVELO Summer Ride at Denbies Wine Estate this August. Celebrating ‘Women in Cycling’ meet like-minded lovers of fitness and business networking on an informal and relaxed ride. Finish off with a child sparkling wine at the end.
For more information, visit iconiccyclingevents.co.uk
PADDLEBOARDING / GODALMING WHARF
Suffice to say; paddle boarding is pretty popular. But what if you don’t have a paddle board? The fine folk of Roar Outdoor offer 1-2-1 coaching sessions, group sessions and unguided paddle board hire from their base over at Godalming Wharf. So sign up online and enjoy a particularly lovely paddle along the River Wey this summer.
For more information, visit roaroutdoor.co.uk