Welcome to the 46th Winter Tanners

Sunday 19th January 2025






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.


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. 


You must wear footwear & clothing suitable for a winter cross country event, including extra layer(s) in case of need.  You are required to carry appropriate maps (see below), a mobile phone, a compass, whistle & headtorch if likely to finish after 1630.  

Maps, print-outs or electronic mapping are acceptable. If electronic, do ensure you have sufficient battery for 12hrs in cold temperatures. The electronic map coverage will be posted here before the event. The paper maps required will also appear here in due course. 


New each year the route is devised by Mary Dee; the 2025 routes are approximately 30 and 20 miles. 

Entrant Information, the route descriptions  and GPX files* will be available shortly before the event.  (Required mapping shown above under ‘Requirements’.)  The route goes round anticlockwise or clockwise - yet to be decided!

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. Please note whether the gpx defines the route in a CLOCKWISE OR ANTICLOCKWISE direction - yet to be decided.

Start and finish

Limited indoor use will be made available 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/snack will be available.  


There will be 2 checkpoints on the '20 mile route' & 3 on the '30 mile route'. There are also some mandatory number checks along the routes. Use the hand 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 so that your arrival time can be recorded.  It is your responsibility to leave at a sensible time given your expected pace and distance to be covered. Entrants who miss checkpoints will be disqualified - we need to keep tabs on entrants and so missing/skipping checkpoints is strongly discouraged.  If you arrive at a checkpoint after the closing time you may be timed out.

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 will be found here from 1 October 2024, 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*.  There is also an opportunity to donate to the National Trust for local projects, on the online entry form. Note that LDWA membership details are checked at entry. Please ensure you enter your details correctly.  If you receive an error message then carefully read what it suggests.  If you are unsure of your membership details then logon to LDWA Membership to check what the LDWA has on record.  If you can’t logon then please email the LDWA Membership Secretary for assistance - NOT the event organiser.). *Why not join the LDWA (from £15 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?


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.   

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

Once you have entered if your name does not appear on Fabian4's entry list - you are not entered.  If you believe you have entered but are not listed you should contact Fabian4 quoting the reference number shown on your confirmation email. If you have not received a confirmation email then either the email address you entered was incorrect or you did in fact not enter.  Do not just turn up saying that you did enter, but contact Fabian4.  YOU CANNOT ENTER ON THE DAY.  So if you have any problems please sort them out before you arrive.  

Entries close at midnight on Friday 10th January (or earlier if the entry limit of 500 is reached).  If entrants wish to cancel/refund their entry they must do so via the cancellation section at the bottom of their Fabian entry details page by 12 January 2025.  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

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 marshals’ walks of the 20 mile and 30 mile routes, marshals entering will be complete the 46th WT and get a certificate.  The Marshals' Walk is only for those helping with the event.