Oakhaven New Forest Spring Half Marathon

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The event will run over our well established course which has been greeted enthusiastically by runners in previous events including the highly successful series of John Austin Half Marathons. It is a scenic off road course, entirely traffic free running through the beautiful New Forest.
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Half Marathon
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Calendar
Sun, 3 Mar 2019
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Brockenhurst, United Kingdom
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4.7
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Where and when
Location
Start times
Sun, 3 Mar 2019
Half Marathon:
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Races summary
Here's what races are available for Oakhaven New Forest Spring Half Marathon
Half Marathon
Distance
21.1km
Route information
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.

Course Notes

We are intending to provide a great event that can be used for the build up to a spring marathon, most notably London, so 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.
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How to get there
1 Sway Rd, Brockenhurst SO42 7SH, UK
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Car Parking and Travel
Parking is free in the grounds of Brockenhurst College. Marshals will help direct you in the car park. If you are intending to leave before the last runners have completed the race please park at the front of the car park as the race route crosses the entrance to the rear car park.
There is limited parking and access for spectators’ cars around the course. There are only 4 possible points and they are at 2.7mls, 5mls, 6mls and 8.2mls. 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.
Event day logistics
The Start
There will be marshals or signs directing you to the start which is about 1 mile away on the track behind the Balmer Lawn.  The race starts at 10.30 am.  Please allow enough time to get there from Race Headquarters which is a mile away.  If you miss the start by more than 5 minutes you start at your own risk and may find race support including marshals has been removed.
**Arrival
Please arrive in plenty of time.  Remember you have to collect your numbers, maybe queue for a loo and get to the start which is just over a 1 mile away with no vehicle access. **
*******Allow an extra 20 minutes walk to get to the start*******
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Spectator Info
**Notes for Spectators
**Passing personal drinks to competitors is not allowed under UKA rules but will be allowed in our race.  You can also leave personal drinks (which should be labelled with the competitors name and race number) at the drink stations.
Reviews
4.7
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4.7
Did the race in 2019
Where to begin?! Having grown up in the New Forest, the Oakhaven Half is almost a right of passage for any keen runner, especially any runner who is part of a local running club! A few hundred locals and club runners gather twice a year to support the local charity, Oakhaven Hospice, and readily take to the trails of the New Forest to show their support for Oakhaven and to quench their desire to complete the notoriously undulating and grueling Half Marathon. To start, all runners gather in the local college sports hall before walking over together to the start line, which is situated at the entrance to one of the National Parks big deer enclosures. Once the gun goes the pack of runners strings out, and it isn't uncommon to find yourself running in the peace and quiet of the park with only the locals (New Forest ponies) for company. The route generally sticks to the gravel tracks of the enclosure, but there is a moment of exposure when the route takes you out on to the open forest where you are sure to face the unrelenting elements (mainly the wind!), before taking shelter back in the enclosure. Towards the end, you can hear the cheers of those gathered to support, and as you run down (finally some downhill!) towards the finish line, you can see the smiles of Oakhaven volunteers waiting to give you a blanket and a medal. Once wrapped up all runners can head back to the college sports hall for tea, coffee, cake, post race massages and to relish in the sense of achievement for completing the race. All in all, if you are after a challenging half marathon, this is the one for you. It has trails. It has hills. It has mud. And it is truly rewarding. Would I do it again? Most definitely. The route? Interesting, undulating, mixed terrain (all trail!) and a whole lot of fun! The Organisation? Brilliant. Organised by volunteers of Oakhaven you couldn't ask for anything more - Well marshaled by the army cadets, well supported by local bakers (the cake stall is 10/10) and good facilities available at the local college. The support? Aside from a small group of supporters at the start/finish, the cheers from the New Forest ponies and the support from other runners, is all that you're going to get. If you're after the massive crowds of a city half, then this may not be for you, but if you want the peace and support of nature then you are going to be in your element!
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