Hoppit Update – 25th March

Announcing our Hoppit 2021 technical tee shirts

We are delighted to announce the new tee shirt design for Hoppit21. With the help of a fantastic local design agency, ‘Alive With Ideas‘, we have a front and back design that we hope you will like.  The front is similar to the popular design from 2019 updated with the 2021 race details, while the back is the race profile of the new Hoppit route (marathon and half marathon).

The tee shirts are available in male and female sizes, and are manufactured with an easy wash and dry breathable technical fabric, ideal for runners. All profits from the tee shirt sales will go to our nominated charity, the Hampshire and Isle Of Wight Air Ambulance.

They are available for pre-order only, and will be available for collection from the Registration tent on race day. The tee shirts can be pre-ordered when first registering for the race, or if you are already registered, we have opened an online store for their independent purchase.

Note that all tee shirt pre-orders will close on 20 May 2021 to allow for printing and shipment. The link to the tee shirt store is here

Front Design
Rear Design

Hoppit Update – 24th March

Hoppit Update – 4th March 2021

The Hampshire Hoppit is well-positioned to handle social distancing measures if they are still required on race day. Some of you might know that public trail races continued in 2020 during all but the harshest lockdowns because they could manage rolling starts of 3-5 runners at every 10 seconds, instead of the traditional mass start. Similarly, the Hampshire Hoppit can revert to this start procedure, if needed.

For the runners that may be in contention for a podium finish, we have amended the Race Timing rules as follows:

“We will provide runners with a “Personal Time” calculated from when the runner crosses the start line to when the runner crosses the finish line – this is sometimes called chip to chip timing. We will also provide a “Race Time” calculated from when the race is started to when the runner crosses the finish line – this is sometimes called gun time. As set down by the rules of athletics, the results and prizes will be provided in Race Time order. NOTE: Should Covid restrictions determine that a rolling start is appropriate (e.g. groups of 3-5 runners departing every 10 seconds) instead of a mass start, then results and prizes will be determined in Personal Time order.””

Hoppit Update – 3rd March 2021

We’ve received an enquiry regarding the age limit for entry to the Hampshire Hoppit. Our website was stating that runners must be over 18 on race day, however we have requested clarity from UK Athletics (who provide our race permit), and they have referred us to RULE 141 S 5 UKA – TRAIL RUNNING which sets out the maximum distance for younger athletes.

Maximum distances permitted under the rule are as follows:

  • Age under 12 years. 3,000m
  • Age 12-13 years. 5,000m
  • Age 13-15 years. 6,000m
  • Age 16 10,000m
  • Age 17 25,000m
  • Age 18-19 45,000m
  • Age 20 and over. No maximum distance

Therefore, a runner aged 17 or over on race day is permitted to run the Half Marathon distance. (For the Marathon the runner must be 18 or over). We haver updated the website and Entry Registration screens accordingly.

Hampshire Hoppit Update – 29th January 2021

It’s time to announce the design of the new Hampshire Hoppit 2021 finishers medal!

When considering our new medal, our design goals are simple. It needs to be a memorable medal, and it needs to be aligned with the unique aspects of our race.

What’s unique about the Hampshire Hoppit? In the past, the medals have incorporated the hilly race profile; the views from the chalk downs; the Hoppit bottle-opener; the fact that it was our 5th year. (Our 5th year medal became our Virtual Hoppit finishers medal, as completed by 800 runners in June 2020).

Here we are in 2021, and we have decided to return to the beer theme. The beer theme is unique at the Hampshire Hoppit, because there aren’t many races that have a beer tent at the finish line, with a keepsake engraved beer glass for every finisher to take a fill of Hoppit Ale from our sponsors at Loddon Breweries (non-alcoholic options also available!).

So, our new design echoes a beer pump handle, with a hinged lever that will allow the medal to be sat upright, to simulate at home the experience of pouring ale when you visit a pub. Sorry, there is no beer released, it’s not a magic medal! But we hope that you find it fun and memorable.

As per normal, we engaged with the design and creative services of Dave Stanley and his business at “Alive With Ideas”, and we have huge thanks for his expertise that has produced this fantastic end result.