Race 5 – Badger Farm

Despite wind and rain the CC6 race at Badger Farm is on this Sunday 7 January.  A tree fall has meant we have reverted to the old course, which makes the course around 4.7 miles long.  Whiteshute ridge has been recently enclosed, and home to some cattle, but this should not effect the course.

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.  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.

The course is around 4.7 miles long.  Its fairly muddy at the moment as parts of the Ridge have been churned up by the cattle.  There is a mixture of grass, mud, chalk, gravel and limited tarmac.  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.

Cows:  We will be starting in an enclosed area with cattle.  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 (no kissing gates), their job will be to make sure you are safe AND ensure the cows don’t try to leave their field.

Happy New Year.

Winchester & District, Southampton AC & Running Sisters