Downton Half Marathon, Sunday 6th December 2020, 10:00


A scenic run on quiet New Forest lanes

You are likely to meet some wild life and will be rewarded with soup and a roll at the finish. Race HQ will be in The Trafalgar School, Breamore Road, Downton, Wiltshire. SP5 3HN. The race will start in The Borough, Downton and there is a 5 minute walk from the school to the start line. The finish is also in The Borough some 100 metres along the road. Following the race briefing in the school hall, just before 10.00 runners will be taken onto the road ready for a prompt start. There are no markers at the start for anticipated run times so please line up sensibly.

Please remember that the use of personal headphones whilst taking part in this event is prohibited. UKA safety ruling as the event is on open roads.

Car Parking (see directions)

Parking is available at The Trafalgar School

Registration open 08:00am-9:30am & Race Briefing 9:40am

You will need to register at the school sports hall to collect your race number and timing chip. Your timing chip must be worn around your ankle Please ensure that your number is worn on the front, pinned in all 4 corners, and is not folded or obscured. If you wish to leave a bag at the School please label with your race number. Organisers can accept no liability for the loss of or damage to personal property.


(course will be signed & marshalled, but best to know the route - see map! Signs & Marshals can go missing!)

  • Starting in The Borough, Downton
  • Over the bridges to turn right into Moot Lane
  • Continue to the end of Moot Lane and turn left up Hale Hill
  • Continue past Hatchet Green cricket pitch and turn right to Tethering Drove
  • At the end of this short cut through lane turn right again to Hale Purlieu
  • Descend to Woodgreen and turn left into Brook Lane at the cricket pitch
  • At the end of Brook Lane turn left to Godshill
  • On the descent turn right to Castle Hill
  • At the end of Castle Hill lane turn left and return to Woodgreen village centre
  • Turn right and at the village store (filter lane straight ahead)
  • Continue straight on through village to Moot Lane
  • Turn left into Moot Lane and return to Downton
  • Turn left into village and KEEP LEFT over the bridges to the Finish

Water stations will be located approximately 3 miles, 6 miles, 8 miles and 10.5 miles.

Keep to the left-hand side of the road unless directed otherwise by marshals or the police.

As the race is on country lanes please ensure that you run no more than 2 abreast and take extra care when negotiating bends. Traffic will be slowed while runners run the first ¾ mile at which point there is a right turn out of the village.

You will be directed to keep to the left as you turn, do not attempt to cut the corner. There are 2 cattle grids on the route. Please use the gate at the side of each grid. There is 2 right turns in quick succession between mile 4 and 5 so take care when crossing from the left to the right.

Just after mile 8 cross to the right for a sharp right-hand turn.

Just before mile 10 fork right. Please Note: the course will be closed after 3 hours. Important: When you turn left back into the village you must keep on the left-hand side of the road. Do not cross to the right-hand side at any time coming back through the village—anyone doing so will endanger themselves and others and you maybe disqualified.

Once you have crossed the line please stay in finish order until you have passed through the funnel. As you leave the finish area please be aware of cars entering and leaving the Co-op car park as you walk back to the School

Post Race

At the finish line, you need to cross the timing mat for your time to be recorded. Ensure your timing chip is around your ankle (holding your chip will not register!) Medals will be issued at the finish, where your timing chip will be collected from you. Free soup & roll will be provided to all runners at the end of the race - back at the School this year! Post-race massage will be on offer back in the sports hall. Results will be emailed as soon as possible and will be available on our website asap after the race. Presentations will be made in the School as soon as possible.

Prizes will be awarded to top 3 males and females and awards for top Male & Female Vets and Supervet(50+) winners.

Directions for The Trafalgar School, Downton SP5 3HN: Car Parking & Race HQ

Approaching from South & West / Ringwood on A338: you will find the school on your right shortly after entering the village of Downton (just before the traffic lights )

Approaching from North / Salisbury on A338: straight on at Downton traffic lights. The School is located on the left-hand side after 150 metres.

Approaching from East /M27: exit junction 1 at Cadnam, turn right onto B3079 to Landford, Brook. At Brook take the 2nd left fork onto B3078 to Fordingbridge (just after The Green Dragon pub) At Bramshaw Telegraph turn right onto B3080 to Woodfalls and Downton
Continue on this road passing through Downton to the traffic lights with the A338. Turn left at the lights. The school is located on the left in 150 metres

Please Do Not Park in Downton Village, residents also need to park and the narrow road can become very congested. Once these car parks are full, overflow parking can be found on Downton Industrial Estate (clearly signed from the roundabout on A338) – allow 10mins to walk back to the school.