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Southampton parkrunners

Hampshire is a scenic county that provides the perfect backdrop to a vibrant running scene - active clubs, a growing number of groups, a calendar of well-organised events and a network of specialist retailers. From Basingstoke in the north of the county to Southampton and Portsmouth in the south, there’s lots going on.  And runners can take advantage of a beautiful and accessible natural environment with highlights like a great coast, the New Forest and the South Downs.

The county has a full programme of great races throughout the year and a couple of series that add interest during the summer months. Highlights have to be the Great South Run in October and the autumn half marathons at Basingstoke and Gosport. The year kicks off in style with the Stubbington Green 10K in January and the Portsmouth Coastal Half Marathon the following month. Springtime sees lots of small 5 and 10k events - there must be something near you.

In summer look out for the regular Lakeside 5K Road Races in Portsmouth and the Yateley 10K series, as well as the New Forest 10 in July. A new event successfully launched in 2013 was the Gosport Golden Mile and 5K, watch out for this one again in June 2014. We still haven’t got our head round the Christmas in July, Santa Fun Run in Basingstoke but hey - whatever takes your fancy!

In September the New Forest Marathon and Half Marathon is a double header that attracts a big entry while the Portsmouth Victory 5Mile and 10K is always popular. Check out our full Race Listing here.
The growing list of parkrun events (11 strong now including the Isle of Wight) also provides opportunities throughout the year to test yourself against others.

The retailer network is strong, with Alton Sports growing from their Alton base to add new outlets at Eastleigh and across the county border in Farnham. The chains - Sweatshop, Up and Running and Runners Need - are all represented, while independents like Absolute Running, Love Running (Isle of Wight), and Alexandra Sports provide a great local service.

So all in all, this county of close to 2 million people has everything a runner requires - so enjoy our more detailed look at Hampshire below...

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