Meon Valley... Logo Roly's Run

Event Information Specifics subject to change as we near the 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 all hopes for a PB! :)

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GENERAL INFO

ENTERING 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 31st October (2 weeks before).

RUN HQ / REGISTRATION

Run HQ is at Swanmore Village Hall, SO32 2PF. Registration will be open from 6.30am.

There is parking for ~45 cars at the hall, and a further ~30 spaces in the school staff car park over the road may be available to us. There will be someone there to direct cars to the appropriate place. Once the car parks are full please park on the road, anywhere where it is permitted.

There will be hot/cold drinks available in the hall in the morning. Runners will be able to leave belongings in the hall. There will be someone in the hall all day, but please don't leave valuables.

Briefing will take place at 7.50AM in the hall - please make sure you are there - any important last-minute route information, among other things, will be shared at the briefing.

START/FINISH

Run start AND finish will be on New Road cricket field, at 8.30am. All will be asked to walk up the road to the start shortly after the briefing. The field is approx. 200m from the village hall. Runners/walkers will complete a loop of the field before continuing up the road towards Swanmore village.

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 ready at the finish.

Swanmore Leisure centre have kindly agreed to let us use their showers. The leisure centre is at the secondary school opposite the village hall and is open until 6pm. It is diagonally across the school car park, if approaching from the village hall, and has a blue facade.

MEDALS ARE OVERRATED...

...so 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!

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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!

T-SHIRTS

Roly's Run t-shirts can be ordered from 'Just a little bit' HERE . T-shirts have event logo and date on them. There are Tech./Cotton options available, with the option of having custom text on the back at no extra cost.

ROUTE OPTIONS

Event Dist. Climb Cut-off Checkpoints Map/gpx file Entry fee
15 15.5mile
(25km)
473m
Walkers
welcome
3/4 [View in OS Maps]
[Download .GPX]
£25
(£27 if unattached)
20 21.5mile
(35km)
677m
Walkers
welcome
5/6 [View in OS Maps]
[Download .GPX]
£25
(£27 if unattached)
40 40mile
(65km)
1350m 10 hours 9/10 [View in OS Maps]
[Download .GPX]
£45
(£47 if unattached)

CHECKPOINTS

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 vegan/dairy-free items. B3035 crossing / Droxford are smaller checkpoints that will have a smaller selection of food.

At the larger checkpoints, marshalls will be crossing you off a list, to record that you have passed through the checkpoint.

40 miler

Checkpoint Leg Dist. Cum. Dist. Cold/Hot Drinks Food Toilets Notes
START 0 0 Yes Toilets at village hall.
B3035 Crossing 7.2 7.2 Yes No No No Drinks station after B3035 road crossing.
Lomer Farm 5.1 12.4 Yes No Yes Yes
Meonstoke 5.6 18.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Winchester Hill 4.8 22.8 Yes No Yes No
Sustainability Centre 6.0 28.8 Yes Yes Yes No
Butser Hill 4.2 33.0 No No No Yes Unattended (NOT A CHECKPOINT)
QE Top BBQ area 6.2 39.3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Butser Hill 2.2 41.5 No No No Yes Unattended (NOT A CHECKPOINT)
Sustainability Centre 4.3 45.8 Yes Yes Yes No
Winchester Hill 6.0 51.7 Yes No Yes No
Meonstoke 4.6 56.3 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Droxford 3.1 59.4 Yes No No No Will open after midday for 40 milers/walkers.
FINISH 5.2 64.6 Yes Yes Yes Yes

20 miler

Checkpoint Leg Dist. Cum. Dist. Cold/Hot Drinks Food Toilets Notes
START 0 0 Yes Toilets at village hall.
B3035 Crossing 7.2 7.2 Yes No No No Drinks station after B3035 road crossing.
Lomer Farm 5.2 12.4 Yes No Yes Yes
Meonstoke 5.6 18.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Winchester Hill 4.8 22.8 Yes No Yes No
Meonstoke 4.6 27.4 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Droxford 3.1 30.5 Yes No No No Will open after midday for 40 milers/walkers.
FINISH 5.2 35.7

15 miler

Checkpoint Leg Dist. Cum. Dist. Cold/Hot Drinks Food Toilets Notes
START 0 0 Yes Toilets at village hall.
B3035 Crossing 7.2 7.2 Yes No No No Drinks station after B3035 road crossing.
Lomer Farm 5.2 12.4 Yes No Yes Yes
Meonstoke 5.6 18.0 Yes Yes Yes Yes
Droxford 3.1 21.2 Yes No No No Will open after midday for 40 milers/walkers.
FINISH 5.2 26.3

COURSE MARKING

The entirety of the 15/20 mile routes will be marked with arrows/tape/flour as necessary. The majority of the leg between Winchester Hill and QE country park, used only by the 40 milers, is on a well established and signposted route, as such there will be fewer markings for this leg.

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.

COURSE CONDITIONS AND RECOMMENDED KIT:

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:
  • 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 checkpoints...to cheer you up :)
  • A sense of humour!

SPECTATORS

Spectators are welcome at various points on the route. Below is where we'd recommend:

  • Start: New Road cricket field, Swanmore Village by primary school/shops, and anywhere in between.
  • Beacon Hill car park: Please approach from Beacon Hill Lane NOT from Exton.
  • Meonstoke (Meon Hall checkpoint): ample parking here.
  • Winchester Hill (Winchester Hill checkpoint): some parking here.
  • Droxford: next to village hall.