3 Jul

Bling It On At Farleigh Wallop

Farleigh Wallop medal

Do it for the quaint venue. Do it for the friendly and supportive organisation. Do it for the fabulous views. Above all, do it for the bling! Hatch Warren Runners announce the Farleigh Wallop 10K Trail Race is on Sunday 23 September and reveal their unique medal design to runABC South.

This is Hatch Warren Runners’ third event, which will take place on the glorious countryside trails in and around the picturesque villages of Farleigh Wallop, Cliddesden and Ellisfield, just a stones-throw from Basingstoke in Hampshire. 
 
It’s a challenging course, with a mix of undulating terrain including an old railway line, open fields (with some kissing-gates!) and beautiful woodland. The organisers are very fortunate to have been granted permission by The Portsmouth Estates to use their superb, listed Home Farm Barn as the race HQ and this building features in the medal design for 2018. 
 
The Wallop family have resided at Farleigh Wallop since 1486 and Farleigh House has passed through generations since the Domesday Book. The 4,000 acre estate is situated on the slopes of Farleigh Hill (208m), the contours of which feature heavily in the route.
 
The inaugural winners were Basingstoke & Mid Hants' Justyn Moore (41:12) and Charlotte Earl (45:38) and the current holders are Alex Hamilton (37:10) and W40 Mitch Lloyd (46:38) from the same local club. 
 
Hatch Warren Runners are a friendly, community club that formed in 2013 and training runs take place from the Portsmouth Arms in Beggarwood. Farleigh Wallop Trail Race is their main event supporting local cancer charities The Pink Place and Robbies Rally.
 
The medal design team pride themselves in capturing the essence of the event in their bling and this can be clearly seen in this Facebook video shared with runABC South. 
 
Further details are in runABC South race listing here
 
Image courtesy Hatch Warren Runners