Folly Farm

Basingstoke and Mid Hants Athletic Club invite you to Folly Farm, six miles northwest of Basingstoke. This is a new course for the SCCL, and we are grateful to Kingsclere Estates, and especially their Managing Director, Tim May, for his support. Kingsclere Estates have an approach to sustainable land management that is innovative and commendable, with a circular community ethos, and you may be interested to find out more at their website https://www.kingsclere-estates.co.uk/ The race is a single lap of approximately 8km using undulating fields and trails. There is a 0.5km section that will be very familiar to those that have competed in The Hampshire Hoppit Marathon :-)



Directions and Parking

Please use Post Code RG26 5RJ to the Main Car Park, or the What3Words reference https://w3w.co/breakfast.glosses.vest You must use the entrance to Folly Farm that is west of the A339 (i.e. turn left if travelling from Basingstoke direction, or turn right if travelling from Kingsclere direction). There is a large parking area adjacent to the start/finish at £5 per car. All revenue from parking will go to Kingsclere Estates to help fund their community.



Please follow the one-way system, and marshal instructions. Parking will open at 9am.. See Map below:


Race Start

The race will start at 11:00am. The start (and finish) is adjacent to the parking field. In line with Government guidelines, face masks and social distancing will not be mandated but we request that you respect the personal space of others. The start is a large field that will allow runners to spread out during the early stages of the race.

Club Meeting Area

See Map Above

Dogs

No dogs I’m afraid, neither on the course or at the start/ finish. The fields are used for livestock and there are potential serious issues with dog mess impacting livestock if it is not cleared up, so better safe than sorry.

Course

The course is a single (traffic-free) 8km loop, using farm trails and footpaths. It has 150 metres of elevation that reveals some amazing views across Hampshire at the highest point.

Shoes

Spikes not recommended (there are some small stretches of tarmac). The course is well-drained therefore road shoes should be ok, although trail shoes are recommended if you have them.

Facilities at Race HQ

This year, due to COVID safety considerations, there will be no post-race refreshments at any SCCL event, unfortunately. We hope that food will return next season. Similarly, it has been agreed that race results will be posted online only, i.e. no post-race announcements.

First Aid

First Aid will be available at the start/finish supplied by Collingwood Medical Services.

Toilets

There will 6 portable cubicles, and also a 6-man urinal. They will be sprayed with anti-viral electrostatic pre-cleaning prior to delivery to site. For a 28-day duration, this kills 99.9% of known viruses and bacteria including COVID should it touch its sprayed surfaces.

Race Finish

At the end of the race, in the finish funnel, you will be given a token that identifies your M/F finish position. Please ensure that you give this to your Team Captain asap. This is how SCCL work out the team positions on the day. Can all Team Captains ensure that they give the completed race results envelopes to John Bigg, our results officer, as soon you have the finish tokens for all your runners.

Post Race

For Covid reasons, the SCCL has agreed that all races in the 2021/22 season will avoid large social gatherings at the end. So there will be no food this year. It is hoped that next season will see the return. We have been told that there will be a Burger Van available until 1pm, organised by the Clay Pigeon group, and SCCL runners have been invited to use it. See map.

Results

Results will be published at the end of the race online here: RACE RESULTS

Competition Rules

All runners must wear a Club Vest. There may be livestock in the fields so no dogs, sorry. A reminder that that you are too fast for the Southern Cross Country League if you run at 5:30 minute mile pace for men and 6:00 minute mile pace for women. This equates to running a 10 Km in 34:11 (men) or 37:17 (women). Full race rules (including pace eligibility) here

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