Race #5 Badger Farm

WADAC, Running Sisters and Southampton AC invite you to Race 5 of the CC6 race series at Badger Farm this Sunday 6th January, 9:30am start.

Directions: The race HQ and meeting area is on Whiteshute ridge at the orientation table (OS Grid Ref: SU465275), park at the Badger Farm Sainsburys (off Badger Farm Road), use the far end of the car park by the Community Centre and Friarsgate Surgery. We have notified the supermarket so you can park until 11am. Between the Community Centre and the rear of the supermarket are steps down, follow them which turns into a muddy trail up onto the ridge (5 minute walk). You will notice the ridge has been enclosed as there are cattle on the grassland. This won’t effect the course but it will restrict the access/exit routes onto the Ridge, so when you finish your race please be mindful of other runners still competing, when using the gates. The facilities at the Community Centre and Sainsburys/Starbucks are for patrons only.

Course: The course is around 5 miles long. There is a mixture of grass, mud, chalk, gravel and limited tarmac. We recommend trail shoes. The course starts with a loop on the ridge, a single long circuit behind Olivers Battery and finishing with another modified loop on the ridge, culminating with a climb to the finish. The course includes 2 kissing gates at the top of a short (but steep) wooded hill at the Compton Down end of the course. Expect the usual hazards of roots, uneven trails and low hanging branches.

Cows: We will be starting in an enclosed area which may have cattle on the day. The White British Cattle are friendly enough but be mindful of them. Our marshals will be at all the gates onto and off the enclosed fields, their job will be to make sure you are safe AND ensure the cows don’t try to leave their field.

Be aware that there may well be other members of the public using the area, dog walkers and horse riders etc. please show them courtesy.

Finally, while we will be supplying water at the end of the race, in order to reduce our environmental impact, we would encourage you to bring your own drink or reusable cup to the race.

Happy New Year!

Winchester & District, Running Sisters & Southampton AC

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