Watership Down Run
Sunday 12th July, 2020
Covid-19 Update – Race Postponed
The 2020 Watership Down run has been postponed for the foreseeable future. The race organisers will keep abreast of any changes to the UK Government’s restrictions and when they are able to reschedule the run all registered participants will be notified.
In the meantime please stay safe.
The Watership Down 10k and 5k
Charity Race and Fun Run
Phased Start: 10k Race 11:00 5k Race 11:05
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.