Watership Down Run

Sunday 12th July, 2020

Covid-19 Update

The date of the run is still some months away and the race organisers are optimistic that the 2020 Watership Down run will go ahead as planned.  This will, of course, depend on UK Government guidance.   For the time being we have suspended new registrations and once we have confirmation that the event can go ahead the registration process will reopen.

If we are required to cancel the event on 12th July and re-schedule, registered participants can choose to either receive a free refund or have their entry deferred to the event at a later date.

In the meantime please stay safe.


The Watership Down 10k and 5k
Charity Race and Fun Run
Fieldgate Centre

Route description .pdf (or see below)
Runners information .pdf
The Watership Down 10k route .kmz

The Start will be a phased Start with
10k Race 11:00
5k Race 11:05

Register online at: https://raceroster.com/events/2020/27555/the-watership-down
On-line Registration Closes: Thursday July 9th at Midnight
On the day registration closes 10am. (£3 supplement on the entry fee)

The Multi Terrain Watership Down 10k and 5k Charity Race starts and finishes in the quiet picturesque Hampshire village of Kingsclere, a place that can trace its history back to 872 when it was originally part of the crown estates of King Alfred. The village is situated between Newbury and Basingstoke on the A339 allowing good access from both the M4 and M3 motorways. The main parking area for the race is less than a 10 minute gentle stroll to the start/finish

From the start of the race at the Fieldgate Centre, a short road section quickly leads into paths and open tracks. After about 700 metres the 5k and 10k routes separate with the 10k following a long flat path along one of the gallops horse training routes followed by a short but steep climb up to the ridgeway of White Hill. After a short off road grass section that allows the runners unobstructed views across Hampshire, West Berkshire and Watership Down (as made famous by Richard Adams in the book and film of the same name) the route joins the Wayfarers Path. After a short distance the route heads back down from the ridge through a farm to join the 5k route.

After running through a small wood with open glades both the 5k and 10k route cross Winchester Road leading to a flat long straight picturesque run along a second gallops race horse training area. At the end of this straight, the route joins a small quite private road before once again crossing Winchester Road and passing through Gaily Mill.

Runners have an option to track for a short time through the stream by the abandoned Mill or along the narrow footpath before heading up and returning to the finish at the Fieldgate Centre.