Roly's Run 2024

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Sunday 6th October 2024

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Tuesday 12th March 2024 at 08:00
Entries Close
Monday 30th September 2024
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59 Participants
Entry Fees

15/20 Mile: £25 (£27 unaffiliated)
40 Mile: £45 (£47 unaffiliated)


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Roly's Run is held in the Meon Valley, Hampshire, in memory of a lost friend and ultra-runner Rich (aka Roly).

Race HQ: Swanmore Village Hall, New Road, Swanmore, Hampshire, SO32 2PF.

Race distance 15/20/40 mile options, 40 mile participants starting at 8:00 am, the 15/20 mile participants are free to start between 08:00 and 10:00.

  • 15.5 mile (463m ascent) - £25 (£27 unattached)
  • 21.5 mile (712m ascent) - £25 (£27 unattached)
  • 40 mile (1266m ascent)  - £45 (£47 if unattached) (10 hour cut off time )

Walkers are welcome in the 15/20 mile events. On the day you are free to swap between the 15/20 mile options. We don't recommend missing out on Winchester hill though, nice views!

Course Description:

All 3 courses will follow a clockwise loop starting at Swanmore taking in Beacon Hill / Exton / Meonstoke. 20/40 mile runners will continue on the South Downs Way on a cheeky climb to Winchester Hill. 40 mile route will continue on the SDW before completing a loop covering East Meon / Ramsdean / Butser Hill, returning to Winchester Hill on SDW. From Winchester Hill 20 / 40 mile route heads towards railway line on SDW avoiding Winch. Hill summit, then along railway back to Meonstoke.

From Meonstoke, all participants will head back on the old railway line to Swanmore via Droxford. The finish will be back at the village hall where a hot drink and food will await you!

A fine challenge for ultra 'noobs' and veterans alike!

There will be fully stocked checkpoints throughout.

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).

Courses will be marked with arrows/tape/flour/flags as needed and an up-to-date .gpx file of the courses will be available prior to the event.

Please note: the run will be held under UKA rules. Unfortunately, no dogs may join competitors on the route. Runners must be 17 years of age or over to run the 15 mile event,  18 years of age or over to run the 20 mile event, and 20 years of age or over to run the 40 mile event.

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