Basingstoke Half Marathon Route
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.
Enter the 2021 Basingstoke Half Marathon / 10k
The half marathon starts from Hackwood Road adjacent to the War Memorial Park in Basingstoke and is a road race starting in the town, but with most of the route on traffic free minor roads through undulating countryside.
In 2019 the race will be run in the usual direction (as in 2011-17), and will take place in parallel to a new 10k race.
The race course heads out of town on closed roads towards the village of Cliddesden, you will pass the Jolly Farmer pub, then turn left by the village pond to head up towards Cliddesden School.
You enter the village of Ellisfield at mile 4, then turn left towards the church, then right down College Lane with a lovely gentle downhill to mile 6.
Turn right and right again before you climb back up past The Fox Inn returning to Ellisfield, then take a left towards Farleigh Wallop.
Between miles 8 and 9 there is the legendary ‘Big Dipper’ as affectionately named by local runners, (actually its proper name is ‘Bedlam Bottom’) where the road drops by 100 feet then regains it almost immediately.
Then follow the tree-lined Avenue to mile 9, and from here it is more or less downhill to the finish.
Once you reach the crossroads you will turn right downhill with some fabulous views across the countryside with Basingstoke in the distance.
Back through Cliddesden and towards town, taking a right by the Holiday Inn to return to the race village in War Memorial Park with the last 130m on grass in the 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.