We have secured a new supplier for your 2020 keepsake Hampshire Hoppit beer glasses. Their ‘Tulip’ beer glasses are a more robust quality, and should be less inclined to accidental breakage. As with previous years, all finishers in the Half Marathon will receive the half pint glass to keep, and all finishers in the Marathon will receive the pint glass to keep. And there will be Hoppit beer (or shandy) on tap at the finish line for every finisher to fill their glass with fabulous locally-brewed ale. We are proposing some improvements to previous years, to celebrate our 5th year 😁 . The Hoppit logo on the glasses will be stamped in multi-colour (previous years have been single colour) – see photo attached.
It’s Celebration Time!
Every finisher can have two glasses of ale each (instead of one). We completely understand if some finishers will drink water and rehydration drinks at the end of the race, in preference to ale. But ale’s there, if you want it. And the glass to keep, whether you fill it, or not.
This year there will be a choice of two ales at the finish. Our primary sponsor, Loddon Brewery, brew a light summer ale that you might enjoy, alongside the regular Hoppit ale. Or maybe you’d like one of each? We think that you will have earned it.
Gold Award for the Hampshire Hoppit!
We’ve done it again!! The Hampshire Hoppit has achieved the Gold status as a top-rated race event by Racecheck. Their awards are unique in the industry, based 100% on actual race participant experiences with the criteria being a minimum of 30 reviews and a rating of 4.6 or above. In total, 51 endurance events achieved this Racecheck criteria in 2019 (twice as many as the previous year).
A huge thank-you to all the Hoppiteers that went onto the Racecheck website and rated our race. To again achieve a Gold-rating, for two consecutive years, is very humbling.
Re-usable Cups are back for 2020
I’m delighted to announce that Hoppit 2020 will – once again- have reusable cups for every runner.
If you entered last year at Hoppit 2019, you will recall that we piloted reusable cups. We received 100% positive feedback, so we’re doing it again! Your reusable cup will be included with the runners pack at race registration on the day, and it is intended that this (collapsible) cup will be used at each water/feed station.
Reusable cups are an important contribution to reducing the dependency at races on plastic cups that are usually ‘use-once and then discard’, contributing to the plastic problem that faces our planet today. If we can reduce plastic dependency without impacting the race experience, then that must be our aspiration.
2020 Medal Design
We’ve been working hard in the background coming up with new inventive designs to dazzle you with on race day. So we would like to present to you our current work in progress…
This is likely to be our final mockup before going into production with it’s integrated whizzy spinner marking our 5th anniversary.
We hope you ike it, we certainly do.
Hoppit Re-usable Coffee Cup
Every finisher of the Hampshire Hoppit 2020 will receive an engraved 2020 beer glass, a commemorative medal and various other goodies, including (pause for dramatic effect)… a reusable robust Hoppit coffee cup with lid! We hope that it will help you lovely Hoppit people to avoid using the cardboard cups from coffee shops, and instead you will now use your new Hoppit cup on future trips to purchase your favourite beverage.
Cardboad cups from coffee shops can’t be recycled because they’re actually coated in plastic (around 5% per cup). It’s also why they don’t get broken down into pulp and turned into recycled paper. So anything that reduces their use has to be good for the planet.
Our friends from Cafe2U, who will be located in the finish field, will be offering their fabulous coffee at 20p discount to any people that use the Hampshire Hoppit cup for their coffee…
Hoppit Christmas Giveaway!
Win a 12 pack of our infamous Hoppit ale. The successful runner will be chosen at random and notified in the first week of January. Best of luck!
New To The Catering – Mexicali
We were disappointed in the burger van last year, in the Hoppit field. The food quality was not great with prices to match.
So, quite quickly, we wanted to fix that problem for Hoppit 2020, and we think we’ve sourced a fantastic option. They get booked very early, particularly in the Summer months, so we are delighted to announce that Mexicali have been booked for our Hoppit event on 21st June 2020!
They sell fantastic Burritos and Nachos and other Mexican-themed foods, as well as vegan and veg options.
Note: Not all Mexican food will set your mouth on fire! The food is flavoursome and you can add heat should you wish with the many chilli sauces she has on offer with differing heats.
Hampshire Hoppit 2020 is go, go, go!
It’s the news you’ve been waiting for … the fifth Hampshire Hoppit half marathon and marathon trail race will take place on Sunday 21 June 2020 at Kingsclere stables. AND entries are OPEN. Sign up at:
We can’t wait to put on another great race for you.
Our Most Successful Race
We are proud to announce this year’s Hampshire Hoppit race held on Sunday 9 June has been our most successful Hoppit to date. We achieved record-breaking numbers with 960 runners entered, a race rating of 4.9 out of 5 on RaceCheck, we ditched plastic cups and gave every runner a reusable cup for the race and to take home, we raised almost £1,500 for the Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance from the sale of Hoppit T-shirts and around £8,000 towards our running club’s new spectator stand from the event. What’s more we gained the time, energy and expertise of around 100 volunteers to make this race happen. Thank you everyone for your part in our most successful race yet. Now time to get cracking on Hampshire Hoppit 2020.