Entry on the day (EOD)

We have now closed the online entries.

There will be a limited Entry On The Day for the Marathon and Half Marathon only (no 10K). Card payment or cash.

Possible traffic delays to the Hampshire Hoppit on Sunday

For those travelling from the Basingstoke and M3 direction to Kingsclere on Sunday, please note that there are temporary traffic lights in George Street that will delay your journey. To avoid these, continue on the A339 to the roundabout, and then take the first exit into Kingsclere (Newbury Road).

Closing the online entry Friday 14 June

The online entry store will close at midday on Friday 14 June to enable the packing of the race packs that will be collected by the runners on race day. Each pack will contain the race bib and timer chip.

No online entries after this.

If there are entries on the day this will be announced.

Small diversion (Half Marathon Mile 3)

The access into the farmers field (parallel to Cole Henley Lane) will now be 50 metres sooner. Marshals will direct you, and it is not a significant diversion. However, for those that have downloaded the gps route from the Route Maps section of this website, then be aware that your watch will indicate that you are ‘Off Course’ temporarily.

10k now Sold Out

As at 5 June at 1pm, the Hoppit 10k is now SOLD OUT.

There are still limited places available in the Half Marathon and Marathon.

Names on race bibs – deadline

You know that race day is getting close when I annouce that if runners would like their names printed on the bibs, then they have to be entered by 11pm on Thursday 30 May 2024.

We can continue to take race entries after that date, but these late entry runners will not have their name printed.

Also, anyone that is already entered but is considering switching their race distance, you also have the same deadline. Races can be switched later than this date, but your bib at the new distance will not have your name printed.

Tom with his race bib in 2023

Volunteering for the Hampshire Hoppit

Can you (or family/friends) help with Hoppit volunteering?

With just over 3 weeks until race day, we have allocated most of the volunteer marshals, although there are still 21 spots to fill. Can you spare any time on that day to help out (Sunday 16 June)?

Our marshalling coordinator Rob can work with you to accommodate your availability, whether Early, Late, All Day, Dog Friendly, Close to Finish Line….. pretty much anything!

He’d be delighted to hear from you. His email is robcharrison@gmail.com.

Volunteering is a great way to stay involved with the event if you are not running on the day. Every volunteer receives a Goody Bag packed with treats and gifts as a thank you from the race organiser for your support, and there will always be plenty of “thank you marshal” from the runners as they pass.

Announcing the 2024 Prizes

Our 2024 Prize-winners will receive one of these

Over the years, we have had various unique prizes for the winners of the Hoppit, including engraved vases, pewters, glasses, pouring jugs, and cutting boards.

This year is another unique prize! Every winner will receive a leatherette picture frame with laser-etched details. Size varies according to category. There are 38 prizes in total across the three races. Both male and female 1, 2, 3, and V40, V50, V60, and also the Paula Tait Trophy winners (half marathon only).

Announcing the 2024 tee/vest design

We are delighted to announce the new design for the Hoppit 2024 racing tees and vests. We are so happy with the new look and colour, and hope that you like it too.

With a nod to Kate Bush, it takes the five words from one of her most notable lyrics as a main feature.

The race tees and vests are available in multiple sizes and in either male or female fit. They use a material that offers lightweight and breathable comfort, making them ideal for any exercise activity.

They can be purchased at initial race entry, or (if already entered but would now like to add a tee or vest to your order) by editing ‘My Registration’ from the ‘Enter Now’ tab on the website. They are £18.

Regulars will know that these Hampshire Hoppit running tees (and vests) always have a unique design each year, created by our friends at the marvellous creative design agency Alive With Ideas.

100% of the profits from sales are donated to Hampshire & Isle of Wight Air Ambulance, who have benefitted so far from your generosity by over £20,000 since 2016.

IMPORTANT NOTE! The tees or vests must be pre-ordered to ensure your size and fit can be collected (by you) on race day.

Another great new sponsor – BodyView

The Hampshire Hoppit is delighted to announce another fantastic sponsor! Welcome to BodyView, a running clinic based near Southampton that offer a wide range of tests, from VO2 Max, Resting Metabolic Rate tests to Dexa Scanning. All tailored to individuals for achieving fitness, health monitoring, and/or weight loss objectives.

Every entrant to The Hampshire Hoppit receives a 20% discount code when booking their services.

Already think that you have great fitness? BodyView are currently running a competition for the fittest VO2 Score that they measure by 31st May 2024. The highest VO2 Max result measured will receive a cash prize of £1500.

Also, BodyView are offering a prize for one lucky Hampshire Hoppit entrant (registered as at Thursday 29 February). Three free appointments worth £194.95!!

You will have 3 free appointments as follows:-

1. RMR (Resting Metabolic Rate test)

2. VO2 Max (Cardiovascular assessment)

3. 3D Body Scan (full 3D scan)

The winner will be chosen at random from all 2024 Hoppit entrants that are in the Hoppit registration database as at Thursday 29 February.

Welcome to Happystride

The Hoppit has another exciting partnership announcement.

We are delighted to have agreed an arrangement with the clothing brand for runners, Happystride, a brand that is focused upon running that empowers happy minds.

We are offering every Hoppit entrant the opportunity to purchase from their website with a unique 20% discount code. Applicable to one order only, and valid for use until 30 June 2024. The discount code will be emailed to each Hoppit entrant (including those that have already entered).

Check out their website for more information and to view the wide choices available. And yes, the photo has a Tadley Runner (on the left) from Hoppit 2023 wearing an example of their brand!


Hoppit 2024 Flier

And it’s time to unveil our 2024 Hoppit flier…

Over the years, we’ve included photos of various local and national athletes on the flier. It’s a tough choice to select one photo ahead of any other, with so many wonderful images available.

This year we have selected a photo of Steph Twell, our double Olympiad (2008 Beijing and 2016 Rio de Janeiro). Steph competed in The Hampshire Hoppit 2023. This snap was taken at The Hampshire Hoppit, at the top of Watership Down, the highest point on the race.

Steph has kindly agreed to the use of the photo. Thank you Steph.

Chevron Traffic Management

We are very pleased to contract again with Chevron Traffic Management Ltd, the UK’s largest independent traffic management company, to ensure the safe road crossing of our runners at the Hampshire Hoppit 2024. It’s the largest single item of cost at our race, but we don’t hesitate, because runner safety is the top priority. Below is an example of the detail that they deploy to get the right level of runner and vehicle safety, at one of our four crossing points that are managed by Chevron.

One of our 4 road crossings that are managed by Chevron.

2024 Medal Design!!

We are delighted to announce the design for our 2024 Hampshire Hoppit finisher medal.
Regular Hoppit runners will be aware that we like to include a “fun” component in our medal design, and therefore we are delighted to announce…the sliding rabbit traversing the grass!

Also, we will have a beer tankard shape that resonates nicely with one of our unique race features; i.e. the ale for every finisher (non-alcohol options also available).
Huge thanks to Dave Stanley at Alive With Ideas for the creative spark that has made another exciting medal that aligns beautifully with our brand. We hope that all finishers will be delighted to share this medal with their friends and family at the end of their race.

Entries open now. Mark the date. Sunday 16 June 2024.

Another Racecheck Award!

We are delighted to announce that The Hampshire Hoppit has achieved its fifth consecutive Gold Award from Racecheck, for our race in 2023. We now have a full set of their Gold medals since 2018!

Our 5th consecutive award!

Announcing the 2024 Hampshire Hoppit!

We are delighted to announce that our principal sponsor, Kingsclere Stables, has agreed to the use of their private land at Watership Down for our 9th edition of The Hampshire Hoppit, on Sunday 16 June 2024. Their beautiful location is used for car parking and the Race HQ, including the Hoppit Start and Finish. Kingsclere Stables have been an ever-present supporter of our event, since the first race in 2016, and we are so very grateful.

We always want our race to evolve and improve, and we have made some exciting changes and additions for 2024:-

  1. We are adding a 10k trail race! The race start will be at 11:30am. The route will include the same race start as the half marathon and marathon, and then a single-lap circuit incorporating some of the best sections of Watership Down and Ladle Hill. Every finisher will receive an engraved one-third pint glass keepsake. (The half marathon finisher will continue to receive the half pint glass, and the marathon finisher will continue to receive the pint glass). All other 10k finisher prizes, including ale, goody bag, and medal, will remain the same. We hope that this shorter race will appeal to runners that are not quite ready for the rigours of 13 or 26 miles, or to some supporters of runners that would otherwise be waiting around while their partner finishes a longer race. 
  1. Hampshire Hoppit Hoody. We are expanding our Hoppit merchandise available for pre-order to include a Hoppit Hoody! All profits from merchandise will be donated to Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Air Ambulance.
  1. Bridgedale Trail Socks. We are delighted to renew our sponsorship with Bridgedale Trail Socks. Every entrant to The Hampshire Hoppit will receive an exclusive discount code for a Buy One Get One Free offer at their online store. 

*Discount Code will be emailed within 7-days of race entry* 

  1. ND:R Sports Sunglasses. We are very pleased to announce a new sponsor for 2024, ND:R. Based in Cheshire, ND:R have been offering quality running sunglasses since 2014, and are one of the industry’s leading companies. Every entrant to The Hampshire Hoppit will receive a 20% online discount on one pair of their Primary+ range of sports sunglasses.  

*Discount Code will be emailed within 7-days of race entry* 

  1. The Go Farther Trophy. Here’s a change to something that, sadly, we won’t be offering in 2024, the Go Farther Trophy. This was the award for the best placed Father or Mother with Son or Daughter in any of our Hoppit races. However, in recent years we have struggled to get the entries that we have needed to justify the competition. Last year, in the half marathon, there were 11 teams in the Dad/Child and only 1 in the Mum/child, and in the marathon, only 2 in the Dad/Child and none in the Mum/Child.  Due to the low level of interest, we have made the decision to withdraw this competition from 2024.