Welcome to the 45th Winter Tanners

Sunday 15th January 2023


Marshals Walk - tba



Event Details

The Winter Tanners is a challenge walk (or run) of circa 30 miles (or 20 miles) on Surrey footpaths and bridleways with MINIMAL support in weather conditions which may be adverse. Only strong and self-reliant walkers and runners should enter. The event normally takes place on the third Sunday in January and, being a winter event, can be subject to the vagaries of winter weather. It does not follow a marked route. It is a cross country event in which you need to follow a detailed route description and you might well need map-reading skills if you go off route.

The organisers seek to minimise the ongoing risks from Covid 19.  You must not attend if you or a close contact has recently been diagnosed with or show any Covid-19 symptoms, are awaiting test results or are self-isolating under current Government guidance.  Common sense should be used with antibacterial sanitizer carried and used as appropriate.  Please avoid prolonged crowding with other entrants.  The event will be subject to any changes in Government restrictions.


Registration will open at 0700.  The start will be 0730 to 0930 but fast walkers must start after 0800 and runners after 0830. All to finish by 1900

Location and Parking

This years event will again use our venue close to Leatherhead town centre (TQ160564, KT22 7BA), with car-parking for the start/finish. 


Footwear & clothing suitable for a winter cross country event. Appropriate maps (see below), a mobile phone and a compass & torch if likely to finish after 1630.  The full requirements appear in the conditions of entry.

Map coverage for the event will be posted here.  

Print-outs or electronic mapping are acceptable. If electronic, do ensure you have sufficient battery for 12hrs. The coverage you will need can be seen here


New each year the route is devised by John Westcott and Mary Dee; the 2023 routes are approximately 30 and 20 miles. 

Entrant Information, route descriptions and GPX files* will be available for download a few days before the event.

Please ensure that you print off a copy of the route description before coming to the event as copies will not be available at the start.

*GPX files are provided as support only. The definitive descriptor of the routes remains the written Route Description.

Start and finish

Limited indoor use will be made of the offices at the start/finish with entrants at the start only using the ground floor reception and toilets.  At the finish though a take away hot drink/biscuit will be available.  


There will be 2 checkpoints on the '20 mile route' & 3 on the '30 mile route'. Use the sanitizer provided.  Please bring your own mug and place it before the marshals for filling.  

Note that if you arrive at a checkpoint before its scheduled opening time you will need to wait.

There is little parking space at the CPs and supporters should not park there.  Supporters and friends can follow the progress Public Results by selecting 'follow participants' (this could be bookmarked on a smartphone for supporters)

Results & Certificates

Once the event is finished results will appear on the LDWA's Public Results  Certificates will be emailed to all successful finishers a few days after the event to the email address given during on-line entry. If you did not provide an email address then we will be unable to send you your certificate. Note: keep an eye on your spam folder just in case the email with your cert (sent from LDWA Surrey Group) ends up there!


Entry is on-line only (postal/SEF entries are not accepted) and opens on October 1st with an event limit of 500. Positively no entries on the day. Entry fee for LDWA members (Individual and Family only) is £10 and for non-members £28*.  Our events are open to entrants aged 18 or over.  Parents/guardians of those below this age are requested to contact the organiser to discuss their entry.  Under 18s MUST be accompanied by an adult during the event.

Entry is on-line only, you can enter here (after Oct 1st)

Entrants will receive a final details email shortly before the event.

Entries close at midnight on Thursday 5th January (or earlier if the entry limit of 500 is reached).  If entries close before 5th January there will be a short waiting list (no fees being charged until a waiting list place is accepted, which must be by midnight 5th January).  If entrants want to cancel/refund their entry they must do so via the cancellation section at the bottom of their Fabian entry details page by 2nd January.  Refunds will be less the standard Fabian4 entry processing and refund processing  costs.  Cancelling entrants may choose to put some or all of their fee into the Surrey Group Footpath Fund.

You are reminded of the 'no substitutions' condition; if your name does not appear on the entry list then you are not eligible to take part. You cannot transfer your entry to someone else

*Why not join the LDWA (from £18 for a year) and enter this and all LDWA events at member rates. As a member you will also receive a copy of our Strider publication plus many other benefits.

The on-line entry system will also give the opportunity to make a voluntary charitable donation to the National Trust, much of whose property is used for the event.

Conditions of Entry

By entering the event you agree to the conditions of entry. Please do read these conditions carefully (they includes safety information), don’t just tick the box when you enter, We want to ensure that we minimise the risks on this tough winter event and all walkers and runners must be aware of their responsibilities as entrants and the requirements that may be checked before they are allowed to start the event. 

Entrants data will be stored on a computer (in accordance with LDWA national data protection guidelines) and used solely for the purposes of LDWA and this event and will not be shared with anyone else.  By default entrant names will be published on the results pages unless, in making your entry, you ask for your identity to be withheld.

Dogs are welcome on this event but entrants must, in accord with LDWA national guidelines, provide details of their third party insurance cover and register their dog at the start (see conditions of entry). 


The Winter Tanners is organised by Mary Dee on behalf of the Surrey Group.

*Marshals & Marshals Walk

We can only run this event if we have sufficient marshals volunteering to help.  If you (or your partners/friends) would like to marshal please contact Mary (above).  It would be much appreciated by our entrants.  Marshalling does not mean you have to miss out on the event; there will be a marshals’ walks of the 20 mile and 30 mile routes on 7th January, marshals entering will be complete the 45th WT and get certificate.  The Marshals Walk is only for those helping with the event.