South Downs Off Road Half Marathon
We are delighted to announce The South Downs off-road Half Marathon starting from Goodwood.
Beginning at the Goodwood Racecourse, this ultimate trail run takes place in the South Downs National Park taking in spectacular views across the South Downs, and distant views of the North Downs, Chichester Harbour and the Isle of Wight.
Running events are some of the most popular types of fitness events out there – and are one of the easiest to get in to, whilst being very tricky to master. Because of this, it is a great place to start when you want to get in to a fitness regime – but there is a lot more to it than simply placing one foot in front of the other!
Brief History of Running
Competitive races are thought to have at first started (as with many sports) with the Ancient Greeks, though many other traces link it to the Egyptians, parts of Asia and many other parts of Africa. One of the earliest recorded event is from 1829 BCE at an Irish festival honouring the goddess Tailtiu in a series of sporting events known as the Tailteann Games. A thousand years later in 776 BCE, we have the first record of the Olympics in Greece, and this is likely where many forms of runs and marathons have their origins.
Since then many different type of events have come about – through the Olympic Games are still probably the most famous. Throughout the world events are held all the time from simple small 5k runs to enormous 26 mile sprints like the London Marathon.
How to get started in running events
Luckily it is one of the easiest sports to get in to – you just need to start moving! Starting off with small jogs and sprints is the best way to get started and then you can slowly start to increase distance to build yourself up to bigger and better runs. I’d suggest started off with something like a 5K as this is not too challenging but long enough for you to get a real sense for what is involved in the sport. You can read our article here all about how to prepare for your first 5K which will give you some more insight on how to get your training started.
Once you get started you will quickly see there is a lot more to taking on a run than simply getting out there and jogging. If you are looking to get serious then you may want to start investing in some good gear – a good pair of running trainers is the best place to start. You can also invest in a lot of other running specific clothing too though be warned things can start to get expensive.
Running Races Near Me
There are quite a lot of different runs to choose from depending on what kind of experience you are looking for, we list some of the best running events in the UK, if you know what type of event you want you can click one of the links below to find out more;
Fun Runs | 5K Runs | 10K Runs | Half Marathons | Marathons
Top Running Events in 2020
We have picked out the best events taking place in 2020. We have lots more listings available, just click on the 'Running Events' tab at the top of this page to find them.
Although we have picked this particular event, there are actually 4 different events taking place at the Bournemouth Marathon Festival so you really do have the widest choice available to suit your ability. Not only does it have great options but also stunning scenery, it takes place along the coastline and also the iconic Bournemouth pier. We have been to the Half Marathon event before so check out our review here.
The South Downs Off Road Half Marathon Course
- Undulating off-road route
- Three distances ½ Marathon 21k, 17.5k, 11.2k routes
- Timed event
The entry includes: High-quality finish medal, neck buff, sports socks, Protein bar, free parking, finishers certificate including name & finish time
The quiet scenic routes and stunning natural surroundings will overload your senses, making it one of the South’s must-do trail runs. This well crafted off-road route will guide you from Goodwood along forest tracks, skirting Levin Down. The middle section of the route takes you along the iconic South Downs Way before the rewarding downhill run back toward East Dean. From here there is one final push up the hill to the finish at Goodwood. The trails include a mixture of forest fire roads, bridleways and single track tree-lined trails, to keep you motivated and interested throughout.
With three route distances to choose from, there is a distance to cater for all abilities.
The event is timed and will have water station(s) on route to keep you hydrated. Available categories:
Runners - 21k / 17.5k / 11.2k
Canicross Entries - 17.5k / 11.2k (*Max 1 Dog per runner*)
Children are welcome to take part in the 11.2k and have a significantly discounted price but must run with a paying adult.
As you cross the finishing line you will receive a high-quality medal, neck buff, sports socks and a drink. Refreshments will also be available.