The Hampshire Hoppit marathon, half marathon, and 10k, are trail races, i.e. predominantly off-road. They use routes that are clearly marked and marshalled, and include local sections of famous long distance footpaths, the Wayfarers Walk and (for the marathon and half marathon) the Harrow Way. All races are scenic single-lap courses that will start and end at Watership Down near Kingsclere on the Hampshire/Berkshire border, reaching some of the highest points in Hampshire with views across three counties. There are occasional quiet road sections or road crossings that will be marshalled.
The races are held under UK Athletics Rules.
Every finisher receives a unique engraved beer glass and a thirst-quenching fill of ‘Hoppit’, a Classic Ale (3.9%AV) from the Loddon Brewery, available from the post-race bar at the Race HQ. The half marathon will receive a half pint engraved glass, and the full marathon will receive a full pint engraved glass. The 10k will receive a third pint glass. We have not left out the teetotallers – there will be a soft drink alternative!
Every finisher will also receive a special engraved medal to commemorate their fine achievement.
There will be prizes for the top 3 finishers in each race, and age category awards.
There will be a maximum race cut-off time for the full marathon of 7-hours. Competitors that appear likely to exceed this time limit at (approximately) the 14-mile point will be requested to be withdrawn from the race. There is no race cut-off time for the half marathon or 10k.
Competitors of the 10k must be 15 years old or over on race day. Competitors of the Half Marathon must be 17 years old or over on race day. Competitors of the Marathon must be 18 years old or over on race day.
Well done Tim and BMHAC, a cracking race with a delightful hill at the start.
Great marshals, support, muchos appreciated! – Jason Burke (Chineham Park Running Club)
Great work Tim Fowler and his fab team. Loved this race. I want to do it again, again, again. Thank you. Emma Carter (Winchester and District Athletic Club)
I had a fantastic time today, a lovely race with amazing marshals. A huge huge thanks to all involved in the organisation of this event, it was obviously planned with immense attention to detail. Alison Bonathan.
Thank you everyone for a wonderful event. The sense of community was great, the marshals did such a brilliant job, the water and food en route was so much appreciated, and I have never known a goody bag like it. Hannah Storm (Lymington Triathlon Club)
I don’t normally join these follow us groups but have asked to join so that I could tell you that after 5 years of running I have never experienced a marathon like I did today. It was top quality Marshalls/ road management/ goody bag. If you change nothing and keep everything the same it will be your greatest decision. You have found perfection, do not try to improve on it you may take a backward step leave it as is. Well done everyone involved. Mick Wraight (Sittingbourne Striders)