14 Jun

Hoppit For A Hoohaah This Weekend?

Steeple Bumpstead

Muddy Mission, Hampshire Hoppit, Hatfield Hoohaah and Run Jericho are just a few of the intriguing event names in the south this weekend and where exactly is Steeple Bumpstead? The answers to this question follows in our round-up of this weekend's action from Saturday (17 June).

Steeple Bumpstead (pictured) may sound like a made-up name for the latest sitcom but it's a village and civil parish three miles south of Braintree, Essex, with a proud and ancient non-conformist history and is mentioned in the Domesday Book. The village became one of the first in Britain to have its own policeman and, now that order has been restored, the local pre-school is behind the popular multi-terrain 10k and 3k runs through undulating Essex countryside on Sunday.
Parkinson's UK Muddy Mission on Saturday is to raise awareness and funds for this vital charity. Contestants will be expected to clamber, climb and crawl over walls, down slides, across cargo nets and through miles of sticky mud. There are 5k and 10k options with 60+ obstacles and did we mention there will be MUD? Race venue is Henfold Lakes, Dorking.
Hampshire Hoppit is a trail marathon and half marathon on Sunday, based at Kingsclere on the Hampshire/Berkshire border. Both races utilise sections of famous long distance footpaths Wayfarers Walk and Harrow Way in an area popularised by the Downton Abbey TV series.
Hatfield Hoohaah does at least give us a clue regarding venue – Hatfield Forest – but a little research was required to discover a typical hoohaah experience apparently means no kerfuffle, no fuss, just a hoohaah! Most hoohaah runs are in National Trust properties on trails and raise funds for local and national charities. 
Run Jericho was a little less subtle as it is, quite simply, a run in Jericho. This particular Jericho is a suburb of Oxford, not in Palestine, and has nothing to do with TV dramas in the USA or UK of the same name, although it has featured frequently in filming for the Morse detective series. The course for Run Jericho 10K is a beautiful, multi-terrain loop taking in Westminster College, Port Meadow, Fiddler's Island, Goose Green and Oxford Canal.
As always runABC South is right behind you in your endeavours and results will be on our race listings.