Meon Valley... Logo Roly's Run

Key COVID changes for the 2020 event

  • Do not attend the event if you have been unwell in the previous 14 days. Anyone self-isolating because of ‘track and trace’ advice or suspected contact with an infected person should not attend.
  • Anyone at the event that develops symptoms within 48hrs, should contact the Covid19 coordinator.
  • We stress the requirement for social distancing before, during, and after the event.
  • A mass start will not be possible. Runners to start in allocated slots.
  • The 40 mile route will consist of ~2 x 20mile course.
  • Runners to turn-up 'ready-to-run'. There will be no registration / race-briefing on the day, race numbers / info will be posted out.

Event Information Not yet updated for Nov. 2021 event.

Roly's Run is a circular route in and around the Meon Valley that takes in some of the local hills, including Beacon Hill and Old Winchester Hill. The course is 80% trail, has some amount of climbing, and can be tricky underfoot in places, particularly in wet weather or after persistent rain (e.g. loose stones, tree roots, slippery descents on chalky paths).
Abandon hope all ye for a PB! :)




There are still a few entries left for the event. The event is capped at 200 walkers/runners across all events. If you are interested in entering the '2020 edition' being held on 23 May, please contact us.

There are still a few entries left for the event. Entries can be made via SiEntries . You will need to register with SiEntries before being able to enter. The event is capped at 200 walkers/runners across all events. Entries on Si will close 7th May (~2 weeks before).


Run HQ is at Swanmore Village Hall, SO32 2PF.


  • Please check your address, personal / emergency contact details are correct on SiEntries. We need your address to send you your race number! (If you don't receive it in the post in the week before the race, please let us know).
  • We will allocate arrival slot times between 8am-10am, please arrive at the event only during your slot to help us manage the event in a COVID-secure way.
  • Spectators: If you plan to bring a spectator, we must have their full name and contact details in advance to adhere to NHS track and trace guidelines.
  • Any final race details will be sent in an e-mail in the week before the race. (Please check junk/spam folders in case)!
  • Please make sure you are aware of the latest advice from NHS UK.

ON THE DAY (pre-race)

  • Please follow the government guidelines regarding 'travel safer' travel guidance.
  • No event registration on the day. No race briefing.
  • You will be asked to arrive within a 20-30min slot. Please arrive ready to run - in 2020 we are not able to provide changing facilities / bag drop.
  • There is parking for ~45 cars at the hall. There will be someone there to direct cars to the appropriate place. Once the car park is full please park on the road, anywhere where it is permitted.
  • Please bring a face covering for use throughout the day.
  • Toilets will be available for use at Swanmore hall.
  • Please observe social distancing / one way signage throughout the event.


Run start AND finish will be on New Road cricket field. The field is approx. 200m up the road from the village hall. Runners/walkers will set off at regular intervals, maximum of 6 at a time. according to the following:

Estimated finish time / Course Start time
40 Mile 08:00 - 08:15
< 3 hours (15 mile)
< 4 hours (20 mile)
08:15 onwards
> 3 hours (15 mile)
> 4 hours (20 mile)
08.45 onwards
Walkers 09.15 onwards

ON THE DAY (during the run)

Social distancing should be maintained throughout the event. A face covering should be worn when using any indoor facilities. There should be no spitting. By staggering participant start times we intend to avoid overcrowding throughout the route. There are some sections of narrow trail, where overtaking other runners or passing the public could be difficult. Please exercise common sense.

Aid stations will be managed carefully:

  • Hand-sanitiser available on approach.
  • you will be directed to a pick-up table when available.
  • please be aware of any social distancing signage / markings.
  • only 2 participants to be served at a time.
  • you may need to wait a short time if you wish to stop.
  • please follow instructions from marshals at all times.
  • once we have noted your race number you are free to continue.

If you have any problems, please speak with a volunteer or contact race control, we are there to help.


When you finish we will invite you to walk back down to the village hall to collect your goody bag and grab something to eat. We will have hot food, hot drinks and homemade cake at the village hall.


Please make your way home, after the finish and collecting goodybag etc, in good time. Sadly, we need to avoid congregations of people at the finish / hall. Thank you for understanding.

If you or anyone you attended the event with show symptoms of COVID-19 within 48 hours following the event, please let us know ASAP .

Results will be posted on this site a few days after the event.

MEDALS ARE OVERRATED... everyone that participates will get a rock instead! Some time ago when Rich (Roly) and I were packing for an 86 mile coast-to-coast hike I saw a huge rock next to his backpack with a smiley face on it. I asked Rich what it was and he said "...oh that's 'Boris the Rock' ... we're taking him with us". His pack was so heavy that he sometimes had to be pushed up to his feet to get him going!


No-one knows what happened to Boris, but every runner/walker will get a 'mini-Boris', as a memento of the race. Feel free to carry it around with you on your next big run/hike!


Event Dist. Climb Cut-off Checkpoints Map/gpx file Entry fee
15 15.8mile
2 [View in OS Maps]
[Download .GPX]
(£27 if unattached)
20 22.0mile
4 [View in OS Maps]
[Download .GPX]
(£27 if unattached)
40 41.6mile
1350m 10 hours 9 [View in OS Maps]
[Download .GPX]
(£47 if unattached)


Below is a list of the checkpoints available in each race (please click on the relevant button). Most checkpoints will have a selection of things available including water, snacks and vegan/dairy-free items. We strongly encourage participants to carry their own water/snacks from the start e.g. with the use of bottle belts and hydration backpacks where possible.

The checkpoints will be managed with social distancing measures. Please follow the marshals instructions when approaching and using the checkpoint facilities. At the checkpoints, marshals will be crossing you off a list, to record the time that you have passed through.

40 miler

Checkpoint Leg Dist. (km) Cum. Dist. (km) Cold/Hot Drinks Food Toilets Notes
START 0 0 Yes Toilets at village hall.
Lomer Farm 11.9 11.9 Yes No Yes No
Meonstoke 5.6 17.5 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Winchester Hill 4.6 22.1 Yes No Yes No
Meonstoke 5.3 27.4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Upper Swanmore 6.8 34.2 Yes Yes Yes No Opens for 40 milers on their second lap.
Lomer Farm 9.4 43.6 Yes No Yes No
Meonstoke 5.6 49.2 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Winchester Hill 4.6 53.8 Yes No Yes No
Meonstoke 5.3 59.1 Yes Yes Yes Yes
FINISH 7.9 67.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes

20 miler

Checkpoint Leg Dist. (km) Cum. Dist. (km) Cold/Hot Drinks Food Toilets Notes
START 0 0 Yes Toilets at village hall.
Lomer Farm 11.9 11.9 Yes No Yes No
Meonstoke 5.6 17.5 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Winchester Hill 4.6 22.1 Yes No Yes No
Meonstoke 5.3 27.4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
FINISH 7.9 35.3

15 miler

Checkpoint Leg Dist. (km) Cum. Dist. (km) Cold/Hot Drinks Food Toilets Notes
START 0 0 Yes Toilets at village hall.
Lomer Farm 11.9 11.9 Yes No Yes No
Meonstoke 5.6 17.5 Yes Yes Yes Yes
FINISH 7.9 25.4


The entirety of the 15/20 mile routes will be marked with arrows/tape/flour as necessary. We will do our level best to mark the course thoroughly and will have marshals stationed at certain points along the course. However, it is possible for signage to be moved/tampered with. If on the day you notice that signage has been moved, please alert a marshal ASAP.

We recommend that you have a map of the course / gpx file available on your phone in case (see below in 'recommended kit').

Livestock: There are likely to be some cows just after 'Betty Mundy's Bottom', when going through the Preshaw estate. They are a docile breed, which is permitted to be on public rights of way. Please see 'Walking or running through cattle' . Please ensure that you close any gates after you.


We are keeping a close eye on the weather in the run-up to the event. We will take what we're given on the day, except perhaps any named weather systems!

We will NOT be carrying out a kit check. It will be your responsibility to make sure you are equipped for the weather on the day and the likely conditions.

Mandatory equipment:
  • COVID-appropriate face-mask / covering, for use indoors.
  • Mobile phone, fully charged, with event mobile numbers saved. Race Admins: 07724393245 (Carlos) or 07841684763 (Simon).
  • Head-torch - if going to be out later than 4pm!

Depending on the conditions on the day and distance, any of the following could be advisable:

  • Water proof jacket and trousers.
  • Spare warm layer e.g. fleece.
  • Visible clothing (try not to look like a ninja).
  • A bottle/flask/bladder to carry water (we are trying to go cup-less as much as possible).
  • Suitable (comfortable) footwear for muddy/trail conditions.
  • Downloading the route GPX onto a watch or phone using an app such as 'Viewranger' or OSMaps.
  • Hat/buff.
  • Gloves.
  • Plastic bag / dry bag to keep stuff dry.
  • That favourite food, that they won't have at the cheer you up :).
  • A sense of humour!