The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon

Running (offroad)

  • Hampshire, United Kingdom
  • 09. June, 2019
  • Rating:

    4.8/5

  • 21.1 Km

    Middle
  • 42.2 Km

    Long
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42.2 Km Long
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A safe single-lap trail race in the beautiful downlands of Hampshire that was the inspiration for Watership Down.

The Hampshire Hoppit marathon and half marathon are both trail races, i.e. predominantly off-road. They use routes that will be clearly marked and marshalled, and including local sections of famous long distance footpaths, the Wayfarers Walk and (for the marathon) the Harrow Way. Both are scenic single-lap courses that will start and end at Kingsclere on the Hampshire/Berkshire border, reaching some of the highest points in Hampshire with views across the county. There are occasional quiet road sections or road crossings that will be marshalled.

The races will be held under UK Athletics rules. The permit from the Trail Running Association (TRA) for the Marathon is TRA 1243 and TRA 1244 for the Half.

Every finisher will receive a unique engraved beer glass and a thirst-quenching fill of ‘Hoppit’, a Classic Ale (3.9%AV) from the Loddon Brewery, available from the post-race bar at the Race HQ. The half marathon will receive a half pint engraved glass, and the full marathon will receive a full pint engraved glass. We have not left out the teetotallers as all finishers will also get a special engraved medal to commemorate their fine achievement.

There will be prizes for the first finishers, including age category awards.

There will be a maximum race cut-off time for the full marathon of 7-hours. Competitors that appear likely to exceed this time limit at (approximately) the 14-mile point will be requested to be withdrawn from the race. There is no race cut-off time for the half marathon.

The entry fee for the marathon is £41 affiliated (member of UKA club) or £43 unaffiliated, and for the half marathon is £39 affiliated or £37 unaffiliated. Entry is online only (i.e. there is no postal entry).

Competitors must be 18 years old or over on race day.

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Darren Staley

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.8

A Fathers Day trail marathon

The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon

A wonderful race, set in the area of Kingsclere. Really well organised from start to finish. The countryside you run through is beautiful with some fantastic views. You take on a mix of trails and road with a beast of a hill right at the beginning. The route is very well signed posted and the marshals were very supportive. 

At the end there was beauty of medal and an engraved pint glass to go and fill up with beer. A brilliant way to celebrate 

Posted on 04.07.18

Caroline  Sandall

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.7

Great course - fab goodies

this was recommended to me by a running friend and it didnt disappoint. The course is a cracker, loads of variety...you start by the racecourse and funnel through some woods (there is a bottle neck here so if you are speedy start right at the front!) then you hit the hill ! It is very steep and unless you are a bit of a mountain goat you wont be able to run up it but if you've got decent quads it's not that bad. After that there are inclines but nothing really major. You run along fields, bridle paths, wooded paths, a bit of road and farm track, chalk paths, a bit of everything !! It makes it interesting - it's reasonably challenging 

Organisation was excellent, easy to pick up numbers and drop off bags, no major loo queues.

Goody bag was great - fab medal and you get a glass which you can get filled with beer ! Yes beer ! Real beer ! 

Plus an ice cream van and burgers and all sorts.

There's hardly any support out on the course but that's to be expected. Great support at the finish line.

Plenty of marshals (who were superb) and very clear signage throughout

Free photos - and all the photos i had were the best photos ive ever seen from a race !! saved them all !

Really enjoyed this one and definitely want to do it again 

Posted on 20.06.18

Jo Ross

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.9

A great trail race

The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon

This is a great trail race, that first hill is really tough but after that the hills are manageable! I really enjoyed the route and there were some great views. 

The start area is nice and chilled out as it is at many trail races and there was no toilet queue which is always a bonus! 

The marshalls were brilliant and really encouraging. I met some great people on the route and we kept each other going which was lovely. 

The medal is a great addition to the collection and with this race there was the added bonus of a half pint glass (free beer could be put in the glass) and free photo's!

Even after that hill I'd definitely do the Hampshire hoppit again.

Posted on 20.06.18

gemma souden

Completed in 2018

4.9

Second timer

The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon

This is my second time doing this race. First time I did the marathon and this year half marathon... loved everything about the race. The parking was easy, registration was easy. Loved the start time was relaxed to everyone was ready to start without stressing over ques. Volunteers were so supportive... water & feed stations amazing. Medals were better this year! Goody bags were brilliant... everything about this race is fantastic! 

Posted on 19.06.18

Kris App

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.5

XCHM Spectacular

The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon

Really enjoyed this event. Nice setup, top playlist pre & post. Great bunch, and enjoyed sharing part of course with the 26.2 (42k) runners. Pedantic maybe - like to see kms marked every 5k on signs, and bottled water (330ml)  at drink stations. Also worth putting trash cans 500m past drink stations as some people kept dumping those empty water sachets trail-side. All in all a great event, that is my deffo for 2019. Well done (and a big thankyou) to everyone who worked so hard to make it all happen. 

Posted on 19.06.18

Paul Spooner

Completed as a first timer in 2018

5

That's how you organise a race

I did the Half this year. Thoroughly enjoyed every minute.

Faultless organisation, great marshals, well stocked and run aid stations. 

The scenery was beautiful.

I cannot recommend this event highly enough  

Posted on 19.06.18

Claire Ridley

Completed as a first timer in 2018

5

Just amazing

This was my first time taking part in this race and wow what a race.

EVERYTHING was just perfect, from the minute I signed up I couldn't wait for the actual day. Great atmosphere, the course was beautiful, marshals amazing and kept me going, the organisation was spot on and the goodie bag and free photos just topped it all off.

It was hard BUT i'll be back next year to tackle it all over again!!

Thank you Hampshire Hoppit.

Posted on 19.06.18

Clumsy Anne

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.9

A great little race

It was very well organised and there was even a guy dressed up as a rather manic-looking rabbit! The pre/post race music was good and gave the event a good vibe to the start/finish area. The route is beautiful with some tough hills, especially the first major hill (mile 0.9) which is far too steep to run up. By the time I got to the top my lungs felt like they would burst but the views were definitely worth the effort. The marshalls were all very friendly & helpful. Runners were friendly too, and a group of us kept each other going for the last 3 miles. As they say - 'what goes up must come down' - and the final major downhill was the first first one in reverse. I have a fear of falling over as I'm too good at it for my own good but I somehow overcame this (rational) fear and managed to run down slowly by zigzagging across/down the slope. All in all, a good race and I really enjoyed it. Definitel not one for PB chasers though! 

Posted on 18.06.18

Amanda Rawlings

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.9

Awesome!

The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon

This was my first marathon and I wasn't disappointed. Brilliant organisation. The friendliest and most helpful  marshalls I've ever come across. A challenging but beautiful route. Feed stations were well stocked with good variety of food. 

To top it off the race photos were free to download! 

Would like to come back next year! 

Posted on 18.06.18

Ignacio Di Biase

Completed in 2018

5

Pure joy!

A thoroughly enjoyable trail run (with a challenging hill to warm-up those quads at the beginning!), going through the beautiful Hampshire countryside; there's a welcoming, friendly and fun atmosphere throughout it. 

Posted on 18.06.18

Helen Colvill

Completed as a first timer in 2018

5

First Trail Marathon

I have completed many road races and having done trail run, I am  converting to trail runs. Would sign up to do another WSR event  and recommend to everyone.

Posted on 18.06.18

Simon Cox

Completed in 2018

4.9

Top quality trail race.

The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon

Probably one of the best trail races around. Big uphill at the start but once it’s over the hills are tolerable.

The Marshall’s were fantastic and interactive and all finished off with a few glasses of Hoppit Ale

Great Work

Posted on 18.06.18

John Houston

Completed in 2018

5

Hoppit Half Pint version

The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon

I did the Hampshire Hoppit Half, after completing the full marathon in 2016. Was fantastic to test the half marathon course out and great excuse to travel home to visit family, since moving away.

Beautiful course, fantastic organisation and marshals, plus great atmosphere and rewards at the end (after a crazy hill descent). Will definitely be back for more in future!

Posted on 18.06.18

Alwyn Richter

Completed as a first timer in 2018

5

Amazing

The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon

Only second marathon and this was an incredible race. Well organised and run. Amazing marshalls and such a beautiful if challenging course. Will be back next year. 

Posted on 18.06.18

Simon Ritchie

Completed in 2018

5

Cannot fault this event in any way

The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon

This was my first time running the Hampshire Hoppit and only my 5th marathon distance. I cannot recommend this event enough. I normally provide a Pro's and Cons list but for this event I cant come up with any cons so here are the highlights.

  • The Marathon Route is beautiful with a mix of scenary and terrain. My personal highlight being "Watership Down" which I read/watched as a kids. I never clocked that it was an actual place until reading up on the race.
  • The many (many!) marshals and drinks station staff were all amazing and encouraging. This goes for the unofficial ones as well. I guess you can guage the love for an event by the number of people that turn up to help that don't actually have to.
  • The Merch looks awesome. Beautiful medal & pint glass. I didn't try the Hoppit Ale as I was driving and a bit of a lightweight in that department but heard it was lovely!
  • 100% Value for money. You know that every penny towards the fee has gone into the race i.e. official traffic control staff on the road crossing, high quality merch, loaded drinks stations etc..
  • Pretty much all of the 42K route had been trimmed back. With this event falling slap bang in the middle of the stingy nettle season this was a relief. I wasnt stung once!
  • Fellow runners were very kind and chearful going out of there was to help others on occaions.
  • This point doesn't matter but its always nice to clock a celeb on the course. Vassos Alexander (sports comentator/radio DJ) took part in the marathon and came twenty something. What an achievement!
  • Again, one that doesnt matter but I liked the fact that the Marathon & Half Marathon distance started and ended in the same place but took a different route therafter. I can't wait to try out the half marathon next year!
  • The race village was very organised and a lovely setting. I only had to wait 30 seconds to spend a penny just before the start (there were loads of toilets) and when I went to collect my bag at the end the bag chap was holding it out for me to collect before I'd even arrived at the tent!
  • All race photos are free! (and there were a lot of photographers out on the course).
  • The results were available to view the same day.

Thanks again Hampshire Hoppit for a lovely experience! You can see that a lot of love and hard work has gone into this event.

See you next year!

Simon

Posted on 18.06.18

Charlotte Foster

Completed in 2018

4.9

This race has everything

This was my second Hoppit and I loved it even more than last year.

The route is tough but you are rewarded with some beautiful views of the North Wessex Downs. There is a bit of a slog of tarmac but it’s over quickly and it’s not a depressing straight drag - still plenty of views to enjoy.

Everybody involved in the race is brilliant. The organisation is great, marshals are second to none - happy water/feed stations, and plenty of high fives and encouragement all along the route. I can’t praise everybody involved highly enough, it’s truly a race run by runners!

The runners taking part are also a fabulous bunch of people too - I made lots of friends along the way. 

I travel from Stoke on Trent to do this race and I will be back again next year. My post run high means I’m tempted to get a full pint glass next time...

Posted on 18.06.18

Michele Whiffen

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.7

Great race organised by runners for runners

The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon

the race was held with HQ at a farm field. Not on satnav so extra details given by email to ensure you didn't get lost. Lots of Marshall's to help in HQ, the queue for race numbers were moving quickly and info was being given over PA at all times. The race started once everyone had been to bag drop and registration which was nice. First big hill was expected as its famous for it but still doesn't really prepare you. The course was picture perfect, mix of fields, gravel paths, tiny bit of road and wooden area. The Marshall's were amazing and one was particularly great and enthusiastic, you could hear her way before you saw her. The organisers had traffic control which is great to see too. The only down side was the bottle neck at the first mile or two. I guess the only way to overcome this would be to have a slightly staggered start to thin out the runners. The photographers were great as ever, embarrassingly he recognised me and shouted to me which is actually a nice touch. The pics I think are also free. The medal and goodie bag at the end was great, you got a engraved glass and option of beer to fill it or shandy, everyone was catered for. It's a great event for everyone. Not a moody person in sight, which is always a good sign after a race. Would I run it again? Definitely 

Posted on 18.06.18

Nick Atherton

Completed as a first timer in 2018

5

Hoppit Half

This was my first time running the Hampshire Hoppit half and it was a great experience from start to finish. The race organisation was second to non, the marshals were superb and made sure there was no chance of heading off route. The water/feed stations were spaced at sensible intervals, were well stocked and (wo)manned by great friendly people. All topped off by a lovely beer at the finish line !!

This was definitely better than most I have done, the route is amazing and I would recommend it to anyone.

Posted on 18.06.18

Helen Fletcher

Completed in 2018

5

LOVE this race!

Lots of ups, but lots of lovely downs too. Beautiful views, great marshals, super friendly atmosphere and who doesn't love a glass and a free beer (well shandy for me) at the end?! Vegan options in the goody bags too :)

Posted on 18.06.18

Richard Jackson

Completed as a first timer in 2018

4.7

A Race so good the hills are not ever scary!

This was the first time for me at the Hoppit and running the HM distance. I had heard about the "Hill" at the start and yes it was massive but the support from marshals and runners carried you up it!

great race and would reccomend to anyone anting to start out on trails and hills. 

Posted on 18.06.18

Mitesh  Amin

Completed in 2018

5

Brilliant Trail Race

My second year now and loved it just as much as the first time. Great organisation, marshalling and a good varied route which was plenty tough.

 

Would highly recommend and will definitely be signing up again for next year's. 

Posted on 18.06.18

John Payne

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Best race I've ever taken part in

Simply brilliant! A couple of really tough hills but they're over quickly and the rest is gently rolling. Great scenery, organisation, food and drink stations, interesting course that's mostly easy-going on the feet, and excellent value considering everything you get during and after the race. A super Facebook community, too. Very friendly before, during and after the run.

Posted on 24.06.17

Anna O'Shea

Completed as a first timer in 2017

5

First trail run...

The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon

It was tough but then I never thought it would be easy, great route and fantastic team of marshalls.

Thoroughly recommend :0)

 

Posted on 22.06.17

Melissa M

Completed in 2017

4.6

Great Atmosphere on a hot day

 

I signed up for this race as a training run for Race to the Stone in July. It was a good choice, trails and some hills to practice on and I got to test all my kit.

One of the reasons I signed up was the enthusiasm I saw on Twitter and Facebook by the organisers who really made everyone feel welcome and it felt like a smaller, more community-oriented event, which I like. There was support in getting people to and from the train station on race day- another reason I picked this race- easy access by train from London. On race day the marshals were all very encouraging and enthusiastic despite standing in the hot sun all day. Many extra water points popped up along the route along with people handing out jelly babies and spraying with hoses, this was great. The other runners also were encouraging and made for a great atmosphere.

The route was nice, scenic, hilly but manageable. This was my first trail marathon and it suited that purpose well as the route wasn't very technical and was easy to follow. 

The prizes we were given at the end were really nice- really like the pint glass (and beer! another reason I signed up!), and the goody bags were good (nice cloth bags that can be reused, as well as the treats inside). 

If I had to say anything to improve it would be that there could have been more shade at the finish. This year was uncharacteristically hot but there wasn't much space for people to wait in the shade. As well, it was a bit crowded at the start of the race but it did spread out as the race went on.

Posted on 22.06.17

Terry Wegg

Completed in 2017

5

Outstanding!

Superb race, organised by runners for runners.
Great course, runnable throughout (well maybe not the first hill!) and plentiful aid stations, with extra laid on because of the saharan conditions.

Posted on 22.06.17

Michael Hickey

Completed in 2017

5

Stupidly hot day to run a hilly trail marathon - but what an event!

I did this race last year and took just under four hours. This year the race fell on the hottest day of the year, and I was almost an hour slower. 

There was a Facebook group set up,  so the organisers could respond to runners' questions. The pre-race instructions were particularly thorough, and once it became clear that the race day was going to be hot, there was plenty of extra advice given.

The course had a real monster of a hill after a mile, but after that it was mainly runnable.

The marshals were wonderful, many setting up extra drinks stations. The feed stations were well stocked. Although the route covered fairly remote countryside, many locals came out to support (and spray grateful runners with water from hosepipes - THANKS!).

Despite the heat, this was one of my favourite races ever, as there was a wonderful, friendly atmosphere from the organisers, marshals, runners and spectators.

Oh, and all finishers got a lovely engraved beer glass (filled with local ale).

A great day - I will definitely be back next year!

Posted on 21.06.17

Krissy Lloyd

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

26.2 miles with plenty of smiles

This is the first year I've ran the Hampshire Hoppit trail marathon. I've trained out along some of the routes so knew what to expect in terms of hills and beautiful scenery. When the hot weather hit I knew it was going to be a tough day, I reduced my expectations, opted for a hat and to carry water as advised by the organisers and I prepared myself to run sensibly and enjoy the atmosphere. And what an atmosphere it was. Lots of conversation between runners, huge encouragement by the marshals, superb aid station staff who just took one look at my sweaty face and topped up my water bottle for me No questions asked. I did struggle in the heat but I felt completely motivated by everyone around me to finish and get my medal and pint glass. I even received two ice pops along the course from marshals and I have to say it's the nicest thing I've ever tasted on a run! This was just one of a number of small touches that made the event stand out. 

The organisation on the day was superb, I felt welcomed and looked after from start to finish and I went home tired but extremely proud. 

The Hampshire Hoppit is an incredibly friendly race on and off the course. I knew from the outset that I was in for a challenging run - the race and the organisers pride themselves on that! If I wanted a decent time I'd have run on the road - this was a totally different experience and I felt as runners we were all in it together.  I was promised beautiful scenery, a friendly welcome  and a pint as a reward and the Hampshire Hoppit delivered! 

Well done and thank you! I'll be back. 

Posted on 21.06.17

John Armstrong

Completed as a first timer in 2017

3.3

Well organised event spoilt by a crazy hill & v little shade at start/finish

This was my 3rd half marathon and my first trail run half. To be honest I found it really hard and didn't enjoy it as much as I hoped and thought I would. The first mile included a very steep incline that it was hard even to walk up and that is where I was made to realise how inexperienced I am at this sort of race!!! I imagine some people relished the challenge, but it killed me and basically meant I struggled from then on. After 2 miles I nearly turned back, as I thought I couldn't do it justice but then realised I just had to get through it!!! I gave in to the fact that walking a times wasn't me failing... and I think in the end I probably walked about 3 of the 13 miles. One of my miles even clocked at nigh on 12 and half minutes!!! In the end I think the thing that I struggled with the most was that it felt like it was mostly climbing... particularly during the 2nd half when there was very little balance between up and down, as it was mostly up!... and when it dawned on me why we'd had all the climbing and that was because we had to go down the steep hill we walked up at the beginning; that really sunk me!!!!

I ran my previous half in 1hr 35 and the Hoppit in 2hrs 6! I know Hoppit was a different type of race, but I did feel somewhat disappointed by my performance.

Oh yeah... and it was bloody hot! Not something that the organisers could control, but it certainly added to the strain/pain!

So, in its current guise I won't be doing it again. It certainly made me think though that I should do better research before entering and/or planning for events.

Posted on 21.06.17

Guillaume Hermile

Completed in 2017

4.8

I'll be back!

The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon

I ran the half last year too and I'll be back next year, possibly for the Marathon. 

This event is a must. Tough as very undulating but like any Trail race, best to run at own  pace.

Great organisation, great goodie bad and great medal.

Posted on 20.06.17

Ludovica

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Great trail run

Lovely one loop course, few narrow parts, so if you are super fast start on the front. Multiple surfaces and luckily part of the course is in the shade. Very frienldy event, perfect feed staions and beautiful scenery. This year was very hot, apparently the hottest day of the year, so it will be essential desptie the frequent feed stations to bring own hydration support.

Posted on 19.06.17

Danny O'Reilly

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.7

Sunny, Steep and Superb

The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon

This was my first trail race and it being a full marathon, and the hottest day of the year I was very nervous.

I needn't have been. From booking my spot to crossing the line, the organisation was superb, Tim, Krissy and the team gave regular updates through social media and email and helped plan travel and provide lifts from the station to the start line. The community on Facebook were also incredibly supportive and provided tips and advice.

The course is stunning with one monster hill and some other tough ones thrown in for fun. Amazing views, darting through woods, fields, the lot. It was well signposted (didn't stop me missing one), well marshalled, lots of water and feed stations and friendly marshalls.  A camelbak is a must, but I'm sure more experienced trail runners than me already know this. 

The post race medal and pint glass (and pint) were excellent. As well as food choices and shaded areas. Will definitely be back next year.

Posted on 19.06.17

Charlotte Foster

Completed as a first timer in 2017

4.9

Tough but brilliant race

It was a super hot day today, but there was a lot of safety advice in the run up from the organisers.

Marshals and race volunteers were second to none and couldn't do enough to make sure we were all ok. There were extra water stops and a very welcome ice pop stop! 

This is not an easy course, but you are rewarded for your hard work with some beautiful scenery.

All in all a fabulous day and I'll be back next year.

Posted on 18.06.17

Jonathan Stanger

Completed in 2017

5

Toughest Half Marathon yet, but absolutely loved it!

The Hampshire Hoppit Trail Marathon

This race had everything.

Firstly the practical bits..... easy online registration, great communication prior with all the information you needed and a lot more. Special commendation for effort the days leading up when it became obvious it was going to be a scorcher, lots of advice and communication and reminders to look after yourself and fellow runners!

Race day experience - Easy to find, plenty of parking, nice little race village with easy registration, plenty of loos and various refreshment options in the form of hot food and a cake stall! 

Route - Challenging but stunningly beautiful! The races unique selling point is the hill at mile one, no chance of running up it but trust me when I say it's worth it! Rest of course is mainly undulating trails with a few short road sections.

Course was superbly marshalled, especially road sections and marshalls throughout the course were very vocal in their encouragement, much needed in the 30 degree heat!

Water and feed stations were superb, even got ice pops just after mile 5! Plentiful supply of water, in cups but large containers available so you could refill your own bottles. Recommend you do carry your own bottles or hydration system if hot weather as there's not much shade on the course at all! Feed station at mile 8 was awesome, few hula hoops and marshmallows sorted me right out!

Post race - Great goody bag full of food, beautiful medal and lovely commerative glass which became even better when filled with the free beer! Option to purchase tech tee in advance, didn't do this myself and now kicking myself as loved the design.

 

Great value, great organisation with a stunning location!

Posted on 18.06.17

Alison Lawrence

Completed as a first timer in 2016

4.8

Wonderful scenic race

i can't rate this one highly enough - friendly, well marshalled,beautifully scenic course, and you get a beer glass (complete with beer) as a race memento. 

Posted on 27.04.17

Reply from the race organiser

Thank you! We hope to see you again this year.