The course for the Basingstoke half marathon is a challenging one, incorporating some some legendary hills near Cliddesden and Farleigh Wallop, beautiful countryside and quaint villages. You will be able to take in fantastic views of some of Hampshire's picturesque landscape and have a bird's eye view of Basingstoke.
The half marathon starts from Hackwood Road adjacent to the War Memorial Park in Basingstoke’s town centre and is a road race starting in the town, but with most of the route on traffic free minor roads through undulating countryside. In 2018 the main part of the race will be run in the opposite direction to previous years.
The race course heads out of town on closed roads towards the village of Cliddesden, you will pass the Jolly Farmer pub before a climb up Farleigh Hill between miles 3 and 4 as you turn left at the top there is a welcome water station! After this you pass Farleigh House and Estate Offices, you approach what runners affectionately call ‘The Big Dipper’, where the road drops dramatically, only to rise again immediately. After this the undulations are much more gentle, with a long downhill past the Fox Inn (and water station) before another gentle climb along College Lane. Then drop to pass Ellisfield Church before reaching the village green and a lovely long and gentle downhill back to Cliddesden and retracing steps back into town taking a slightly different route to finish on the grass in War Memorial Park.
If you decide to run the route ahead of the race please remember that the roads will be open, and the B4036 in particular is very busy. We recommend that you train on other hills – there are plenty of them around! If you do so it is entirely at your own risk, the route is open to all traffic and due care is required, you will not be participating in any event organised by Destination Basingstoke Ltd. The road will be closed on race day.