Entries now open for this great Half Marathon on the edge of the New Forest. Usually held in November a few changes have been made to the Finish and the course. So we are trying this new version on April 5th 2020! And raising money for Downton Leisure Centre and Salisbury Hospice.

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  DOWNTON HALF MARATHON SUNDAY 5th April 2020

 

Race Start

Race HQ will be in The Trafalgar School, Breamore Road, Downton, Wiltshire. SP5 3HN. The race will start in The Borough, Downton and there is a 5 minute walk from the school to the start line. The finish is in the Moot Lane Recreation Ground 0.8 mile from the School.

Following the race briefing in the school hall, just before 10.00 runners will be taken onto the road ready for a prompt start. There are no markers at the start for anticipated run times so please line up sensibly.

Please remember that the use of personal headphones whilst taking part in this event is prohibited. UKA safety ruling as the event is on open roads.

 

Car Parking (see directions over)

Parking is available at The Trafalgar School and at Downton Leisure Centre. If you park at the centre, you will have to cross a busy road (please cross at the traffic lights) so please allow 10 minutes to walk from the Leisure Centre to the start line.

 

Registration open 7.30am-9.30am & Race Briefing 9.30am

You will need to register at the school sports hall to collect your race number and timing chip. Your timing chip must be worn around your ankle (strap provided) NO CHIP = NO TIME!

Athletes Please  Note: ChampionChips must be returned at the finish of the race. Lost and non-returned chips will be charged at £25 each.

Please ensure that your number is worn on the front, pinned in all 4 corners, and is not folded or obscured.

If you wish to leave a bag at the School please label with your race number. Someone will be looking after bag storage but organisers can accept no liability for the loss of or damage to personal property.

 

Facilities

Toilets are located in the School, in the Memorial Gardens and at the Leisure Centre.

Showers and changing rooms are located at the School and Downton Leisure Centre in Wick Lane and these will be freely available to runners both at the start and the end of the race.

 

The Route (course will be signed & marshalled, but best to know the route-see map! Signs & Marshals can go missing!)

 

  • Starting in The Borough, Downton
  • Over the bridges to turn right into Moot Lane
  • Continue to the end of Moot Lane and turn right towards Woodgreen
  • Turn left just before The Horse and Groom
  • Turn right into Brook Lane
  • At the end of Brook Lane turn left to Godshill
  • On the descent turn right to Castle Hill
  • At the end of Castle Hill lane turn left and return to Woodgreen village centre
  • Turn right and right again just after the Horse and Groom retracing course to the Brook Lane turning
  • Continue straight on up the hill to the long straight of Hale Purlieu
  • Turn left and left again for the descent of Hale Hill. This is twisty so keep left and do not cut corners.
  • Turn right into Moot Lane and head back to Downton
  • Turn left into Moot Lane Recreation Ground for the Finish.
  • Walk back to Trafalgar School crossing the roads as designated points.

There will be a minimum 3 water stations on the course.

Keep to the left hand side of the road unless directed otherwise by marshals or the police. As the race is on country lanes please ensure that you run no more than 2 abreast and take extra care when negotiating bends. Traffic will be slowed while runners run the first ¾ mile at which point there is a right turn out of the village. You will be directed to keep to the left as you turn, do not attempt to cut the corner. There are 2 cattle grids on the route. Please use the gate at the side of each grid. Just after before mile 5 change to the right for a sharp right hand turn. At about mile 6.5 fork right and stay on the right past the Horse and Groom before turning right.

Please Note: the course will be closed after 3 hours.

 

Once you have crossed the line please stay in finish order until you have passed through the funnel. Pick up your medal and follow the directions back to the School.

 

Post Race

At the finish line you need to cross the timing mat for your time to be recorded. Ensure your timing chip is around your ankle (holding your chip will not register!)

Medals will be issued at the finish, where your timing chip will be collected from you. (lost and non-returned chips will be charged at £25)

Free soup & roll will be provided to all runners at the end of the race – back at the School this year! Post-race massage will be on offer back in the sports hall.

 

Results will be emailed as soon as possible and will be available on our web site  asap after the race.

 

 

Directions for Downton Leisure Centre SP5 3NF:

— Car Parking, Toilets & Showers

 

Approaching from South & West / Ringwood on A338: go straight on at Downton traffic lights and take the first left into Wick Lane. The Leisure Centre is on the left after 300 metres (just beyond the building site!)

 

Approaching from North / Salisbury on A338: turn first right after the petrol station into Wick Lane. Continue for 300metres, Leisure Centre on the left.

 

Approaching from East /M27: exit junction 1 at Cadnam, turn right onto B3079 to Landford, Brook. At Brook take the 2nd left fork onto B3078 to Fordingbridge (just after The Green Dragon pub) At Bramshaw Telegraph turn right onto B3080 to Woodfalls and Downton

Continue on this road passing through the village of Downton until you get to traffic lights at the junction with the A338. Turn right and then take the first left into Wick Lane.

The Leisure Centre is on the left after 300 metres (just after the building site!)

 

Directions for The Trafalgar School, Downton SP5 3HN:

— Car Parking & Race HQ

 

Approaching from South & West / Ringwood on A338: you will find the school on your right shortly after entering the village of Downton (just before the traffic lights )

Approaching from North / Salisbury on A338: straight on at Downton traffic lights. The School is located on the left hand side after 150 metres.

Approaching from East /M27: exit junction 1 at Cadnam, turn right onto B3079 to Landford, Brook. At Brook take the 2nd left fork onto B3078 to Fordingbridge (just after The Green Dragon pub) At Bramshaw Telegraph turn right onto B3080 to Woodfalls and Downton

Continue on this  road passing through Downton to the traffic lights with the A338. Turn left at the lights. The school is located on the left in 150 metres.

 

Please Do Not Park in Downton Village, residents also need to park and the narrow road can become very congested. Once these car parks are full, overflow parking can be found on Downton Industrial Estate (clearly signed from roundabout on A338) – allow 10mins to walk back to the school.

 

 

 

September 29, 2019