After the success of the eighth Basingstoke half marathon last weekend, organisers Destination Basingstoke, are pleased to announce that runners can now sign up for the 2019 half marathon race or a new 10k race that will take place on the same day, 6 October 2019.
The 2018 half marathon took place on Sunday with a thousand runners enjoying the beautiful weather, the welcoming crowds and atmosphere both in War Memorial Park and out on the course.
Destination Basingstoke have received superb feedback on the race and would like to thank the many sponsors, partners and volunteers that supported them and of course all the runners.
The course ran in the opposite direction to previous years meaning the winner, Tom Aldred also set a new course record of 1:09:39.
The top winners were:
1st Male Tom Aldred, London Heathside 1:09:38
2nd Male Toby Lambert, Winchester and District Athletic Club 1:12:09
3rd Male Rob Wood, Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletics Club 1:13:56
1st Female Lesley Locks, Hart Road Runners 1:22:30
2nd Female Freya Martin 1:26:54
3rd Female Jenny Laing, South Derbyshire Road Runners 1:29:18
Other team and age category prizes will be announced and presented at an awards evening next week.
In 2019 the new 10k race will follow part of the half marathon course and will start half an hour later (11.30am).
“After eight fantastic years we are always looking at ways to get more people involved in this very popular event – and now with this shorter distance on a fast course there really will be something for everyone”, said Felicity Edwards from Destination Basingstoke.
“A 10k race is a great step up from our Festival 5k race in the spring, giving people time to train over the summer, as well as for more experienced runners wanting a fast 10k rather than our scenic and undulating half marathon. “ she continued.
The new 10k will be an ‘out and back’ course starting from within the War Memorial Park and heading out towards Cliddesden following mainly the course of the half marathon to Cliddesden before heading back the same way.
The course will use the same roads so doesn’t require extra road closures. Places will be limited, so sign up soon for either race at www.basingstokehalfmarathon.com