The course will mainly be a mixture of gravel surfaced woodland trails in the forest to the north west of Brockenhurst. Part of the course will extend onto heathland on the old airfield on Beaulieu Heath, where it will follow existing hard surfaced tracks. There are only two road crossings, which will be fully marshalled.
The race will start and finish at Roundhill Campsite using parts of the former Oakhaven Half Marathon route. The exact route will be announced shortly.
Please note that we reserve the right to vary the route slightly on the day should conditions such as forestry works necessitate it.
We are intending to provide a great event that can be used for the build up to a spring marathon, such as London or Southampton, and we have chosen a course that is relatively flat with mostly good quality gravel tracks. There is virtually no road but there are sections of tarmac and concrete around the old Beaulieu Aerodrome.
Overall the surface will allow good fast pace running for an off road event. If the course is dry then racing flats or normal trainers would be a good choice. If it’s wet then you may want a bit more grip.
The course itself starts at a campsite (closed for the winter) and continues through the working forest mostly consisting of fir plantations. After around 8 miles the scenery changes to open heath circumnavigating the aerodrome before returning to the campsite for a sprint finish on a hard surfaced track.
There is ample parking at the start/finish and an easy walk to the road crossings. For the safety of our competitors, mountain bikes should not follow the race route and are not allowed on certain sections in the National Park.
The whole of the course is open to other users and marshals have no legal power to control them, although they will endeavour to see that common sense prevails. Please take care near horse riders in particular letting them know, well in advance, that you are coming and be prepared to walk past if the horse becomes agitated. New Forest ponies, cattle, pigs or wild deer shouldn’t be a problem but do be sensible near them. You are responsible for your own safety when crossing roads. Marshals will be on these crossings but have no power to stop traffic. The toilets for the start are at the Race headquarters. The start line is around a 1 mile warm up/walk distance away.
Drinks are being provided in bottles with the tops removed at approximately 3, 6, 10 miles and at the finish. We have chosen bottles as a favour to our competitors as it is the best (not cheapest) way of looking after our runners.In return, please do not litter. Every marshal will have a bin bag so please give the empty bottle, gel wrapper or any other rubbish to any of the marshals you see. The New Forest is a wonderful place but it is sensitive to pressure from us humans. For this reason, anybody reported for littering will be disqualified from the race results. We rely on the kind consent of the Forestry Commission to be able to run an event like this. It is very important to Oakhaven Hospice that we are welcomed back year after year.
Not only do we want to be welcomed back year after year but we want you to enjoy the race so that you would like to come back over and over again and support Oakhaven Hospice. The scenery is beautiful, the surface should be good but kind to joints and we want to make race support as good as anything around. Have a good race.