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Rural Running Events

Rural Running Limited, formed in October 2016, is a small, family business, run by me, Jeff Clark, my wife Michelle, and Laura Clark, who has recently joined us. As a recent convert to running, and having formerly been reluctant to run a bath, let alone a marathon, I think I know what the average runner wants from an event. If you are looking for a race where you can hide among 1000’s of other competitors, with bells and whistles, then this site is not for you! Our runs are all fairly small, and are aimed at all abilities. However, our runs are also planned with the serious runner in mind. Over the past months we have invested in a chip timing system, meaning even the most competitive runner can be assured of an accurate time. We have gained a reputation for providing ‘intimate’ friendly events, with all our runners providing the encouragement and support we all sometimes need! Importantly, we have also gained a reputation for our medals, which have become legendary! As a company, we are committed to support both local, and national charities, making significant donations from the proceeds from every one of our races. We believe our 2017 diary of races contains something for everything, with road runs, and mixed terrain and trail events.

Be part of this great fancy dress 5km race. Great for all types of runner, the course runs through the beautiful South Downs National Park. Come for the challenge of running in fancy dress or for the wonderful race atmosphere.

Run With Pride

February

Run With Pride

On the 24th March, join us for a Referendum Run where YOU decide the direction you take! Its a 5k trail around parts of the Fareham Creek Trail and the upper reaches of Portsmouth Harbour.

THIS IS NOT A CELEBRATION it is a fun run with a theme!

Leavers can if they wish enter the leave race, and the remainers, if they wish, can enter the remain race. Each of the two races are run in opposite directions :-)

The race with the most entries then dictates what you get at the finish line. Every finisher gets a themed medal, and then depending on the outcome of the 'Referendum Run', you get either a 'Continental Breakfast, or a sausage bap!!

Referendum Run

February

Referendum Run

Race comprises a 10k mixed terrain run around the village of Knowle and the quiet country lanes, passing through the village of Funtley.

Medal & Goody bag for all finishers, spot prizes.

Knowle Village Spring 10k

March

Knowle Village Spring 10k

After the enormous success of last years NHS 70in70 we have decided to mark the 75th anniversary of the D Day landings with a virtual challenge. Run 75 miles in 75 days and help us raise money to donate to the Royal British Legion.

Sign up now and complete your 75 miles by the 6th June 2019.

D-DAY75 (Virtual)

March

D-DAY75 (Virtual)

The brand new race on the 2019 Rural Running Calendar is aimed at those of you that want a long training run for your Spring marathons, be it London, Southampton, Brighton or any other. The race is run on closed roads around the beautiful countryside of the Meon Valley, to the North of the village of Wickham, famous for its annual Horse Fair. The course consists of 3 laps (20M) or 1 lap (10k)

Marathon running is more than a physical challenge, it's also a great mental challenge. Overcoming the mental challenges when running helps overcome the physical ones.

The Wickham 20 is the ideal race in which to test your grit, in preparation for those Spring marathons, including London. The undulating course, on closed roads takes you out from Wickham, taking in some glorious scenery to the north of the village. As a marathon training 'long run' this race will sell out so if you already have a spring marathon place, be it a charity place at London or are planning on competing in the Southampton or Brighton Marathons, enter now!

Registration for entrants will be from The Wickham Centre on Saturday 30th March from 8am to 12 noon, on race day from 8am and during the week preceding the race, from Rural Running, 58 Kelviin Grove, Portchester, PO16 8LE between 5pm and 8pm, Monday-Friday.

Wickham 20 Mile & 10k

March

Wickham 20 Mile & 10k

We are so pleased to be able to announce that due to very generous support from Ditcham Park School, we are holding an off road 10k, starting and finishing at the school. The scenery is to die for, the setting is amazing, and the course will be challenging, but the medal will be one of our best yet!

The race will be supporting the Brain Tumour Research Charity and the Friends of Ditcham Park School

Ditcham Park 10k & 5k

May

Ditcham Park 10k & 5k

Take part in this friendly local 10km around the historic village of Southwick. Great for beginners and those looking to get a PB, the gently undulating course takes place on closed country lanes. Come for the scenic route or the family friendly atmosphere.

Southwick Village Summer 10K

May

Southwick Village Summer 10K

The River Meon Marathon, run through the Meon Valley, following the line of the River Meon, as it meanders through Hampshire. Run on compacted trail and country lanes.

River Meon Marathon

June

River Meon Marathon

Welcome to Fareham Creek 10K. This is a timed, all abilities race. Your race - Your pace, no cut off time. Free entries available for VI runners and their guides. A flat and fast, out and back multi-terrain run along the shoreline at Portchester and the Fareham Creek Trail in Hampshire, with lovely views across the Creek.

Always sells out, always has great reviews, always full of PB's.

Fareham Creek 10K

June

Fareham Creek 10K

The beautiful setting of Portchester Castle in all its glory will be the setting for the inaugural Portchester Castle 10k. A multi lap 10k around the grounds of Portchester Castle and the local countryside.

Portchester Castle 10K

July

Portchester Castle 10K

Whether it be the Half Marathon, the 10k or the 5k run along the disused Fareham to Alton railway line, from Wickham out towards Corhampton and back. If you do want an epic challenge take on the big one and run the 36k challenge by running all three races to receive a 4th awesome medal. These event's are for all abilities and so everyone can have an amazing time.

Meon Valley Trail Half, 10k & 5k (CX)

August

Meon Valley Trail Half, 10k & 5k (CX)

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A team from Cosham Fire Station are embarking on a challenge to reach Everest Base Camp. The challenge is in aid the Firefighters Charity.

Run around the beautiful Portchester Castle, taking in views across the upper reaches of Portsmouth Harbour and Fareham Creek.

All profits from the event are going to the charity.

Cosham Firefighters Charity 10k

September

Cosham Firefighters Charity 10k

Whether it be the Half Marathon, the 10k or the 5k, it's a flat and fast, out and back course - run along the disused Fareham to Alton railway line, from Wickham out towards Corhampton and back.

The Race HQ and Race Start returns to the trail on the edge of the village, at the car park, just off Mill Lane, Wickham. The post code for the Start & race HQ is PO17 5HZ.

Meon Valley Express Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

September

Meon Valley Express Half Marathon, 10k & 5k

The night train to nowhere departs Wickham along the disused railway line at 7pm for an out & back 10k. Now known as the Meon Valley Trail, mostly under the cover of trees, the trail takes you out to Soberton, under the watchful eye of the 'night birds'.

There will of course, be a bespoke medal for all finishers!! Come on night owls, climb aboard, it'll be a 'hoot'.

Wickham Torchlight 10k

October

Wickham Torchlight 10k

What could be better than to finish a race and be handed a medal as you cross you the line, together with a freshly cooked bacon roll!

Sign up for the 'Bacon Roll 5k or 10k' on the 14th October!

The races start at Wicor Recreation Ground in Portchester and take in an out and back course with a short second lap, along part of the Portchester Foreshore and Fareham Creek.

Your entry fee includes a bespoke medal and the all-important bacon roll! handed to you as you cross the line!

Bacon Roll Run

October

Bacon Roll Run

Come and enjoy a challenging but satisfying half marathon or 10k around a stunning scenic forest course. The Hundred Acres event is run around the Forest of Bere, just to the north of Wickham.

Hundred Acres CX

October

Hundred Acres CX

This event, takes in some of the areas most stunning views, over Portsmouth and the Solent beyond.

Run on closed roads, through country lanes and along part of the top of Portsdown Hill, the race will feature chip timing.

Some of the proceeds from the Remembrance Day 10k will go to Service charities and Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association, our charity partner for 2018.

Remembrance Day 10k & 5k (CX)

November

Remembrance Day 10k & 5k (CX)

This event, takes in some of the areas most stunning views, over Portsmouth and the Solent beyond.

Run on closed roads, through country lanes and along part of the top of Portsdown Hill, the race will feature chip timing.

Some of the proceeds from the Remembrance Day 10k will go to Service charities and Portsmouth Down Syndrome Association, our charity partner for 2018.

Remembrance Day 10k & 5k (CX)

November

Remembrance Day 10k & 5k (CX)

Lets kick off the festive celebrations for the second year with our own Turkey Trot. Starting at Portchester Castle, our festive event is a multi lap, trail race, taking in views across Fareham Creek and the upper reaches of Portsmouth Harbour.

The Turkey & Tinsel Trot (CX)

December

The Turkey & Tinsel Trot (CX)

Lets kick off the festive celebrations with our own Christmas Tree challenge. Starting at Portchester Castle, our festive event is a multi lap, trail race, taking in views across Fareham Creek and the upper reaches of Portsmouth Harbour.

Christmas Tree Challenge

December

Christmas Tree Challenge

This will be the 4th running of this race, that is fast becoming the 'must do' race over the period between Christmas & New Year. Last years field of 350 runners enjoyed a beautiful day, crisp, cold and sunny, with Rob Arkell, taking the title in a time of 35.42, leading a 1-2-3 across the line. !st lady was Jen Elkins, from Southampton AC, who crossed the line in 37.14.

We have kept the prices for 2017 and will keeping the field of runners at 350. As was the case in the previous year, the event sold out with runners 'begging' for places in the run up to Christmas. Don't be one of those who were disappointed, enter now!

There is ample FREE parking at the start, with hot drinks and snacks available for purchase.

Twixmas 10k & 5k

December

Twixmas 10k & 5k

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