Afternoon and Evening Races
5k to half m
Ham Hill Summer Races
Multi Terrain races, half is 2 laps
Run for the Romans and the Ham Hill Half and 10k. These races happen in the surroundings of Ham Hill Country Park just outside of Yeovil in South Somerset and near the villages of Odcombe, Montecute, Stoke-sub-Hamdon and Norton-sub-Hamdon. The country park forms an excellent backdrop for running in thanks to it’s iron age hill fort, modern and ancient quarries, woods and numerous historic sites and monuments. Our race HQ is Bucthers field – not the Rangers hut as used in our winter race.
Ham Hill is named for the Ham stone which is quarried from it. A distinctive golden limestone that looks amazing in the setting sun. The race takes in two areas of the former iron age hill fort. The most fortified part is near the war memorial and our race takes in this area and it’s ramparts. The race also takes in some of this residential area running around the meadows that now cover these areas. The remains of a Roman garrison and villa are in the area though hard to discern. More recent ruins and monuments are clearly visible on the route.
27th June from 4pm
Race HQ is Butchers Field at Ham Hill TA14 6RW
The race is on a long 10k course with 2 laps for the half marathon. The 5k just uses a part of the lap. We’ve gone for this option so we can mark the course with plenty of signage and course markings. The course is a figure of 8 and an aid station will be half way around each lap. So the 10k will have one aid station on course and the half 3. Plus refreshments for all races at the end. The sunset races are timed so most runners should finish in the sunset hour, the hour before sunset where Ham Hill is at it’s most spectacular.
Terrain varies from small bits of tarmac, a lot of gravel paths as well as mud paths some exposed rocks and a fair amount of grass. With the time of year we’d expect trail shoes to be a good idea but watch the group Facebook page for updates in the week of the race.
You will need to wear a head torch on the second lap of the half marathon if you are going to be running after sunset at 9:25pm. For which you need to be able to start the second lap before 7:45pm (1h 25 mins into race).
All finishers will receive a finishers medal.
Age limits 13 and above for the 5k, 16 and above for both 10k’s, 17 and above for the half marathon.
Run for Romans 5k & 10k is 2 hours
Golden hour races half marathon 3.5 hours, 10k 2.5 hours
600 (300 for Run for the Romans, 300 for later races)
5k – £16 affiliated or £18 unaffiliated
10k – £18 affiliated or £20 unaffiliated
half marathon – £22 affiliated or £24 unaffiliated
Run for Romans 5 and 10k 4:00pm
Sunset 10k 7:30pm
Canicross – not in summer
ARC Race License – tbc
Sign up here
Every finisher will receive a race medal. We also have race crew medals for our marshals.
Best dressed runner
Each race has the following prizes:
1st, 2nd and 3rd Men and Ladies and then 1st in each age cats for men and women, 40+, 50+ and 60+.
Team prizes for the speediest teams/clubs on the course. With four runners to count (including at least one women).
Our race will have parking on site in Butchers field. Other parking at Ham Hill is plentiful in numerous small car parks. If you don’t park at the race hq please park sensibly as last year some car parking obscured hazards on the course (speed bump by the pub) while there was plenty of space in the two car parks.
The HQ is a small walk away from the race parking by Lime Kiln car park. Don’t worry it will be well signed.
Ham Hill is a popular tourist attraction in the middle of nowhere and as such has been targeted by criminals in the past including when hosting races. Hopefully the cars at our HQ will be relatively less at risk. We aim to have a free watched baggage area at this race. Although these would be attended baggage storage items would be left at the owner’s risk.
The postcode for Ham Hill is TA14 6RW. If approaching from Odcombe the the main parking at Butchers Field will be well signed as you approach. If approaching Stoke-sub-Hamdon after driving to the top of Ham Hill (it’s very steep – you’ll know when you’re at the top) go straight on ignoring a road on the left that quickly branches into two (the pub and race HQ are down these), also ignore a road down the hill on the right. It may feel like you’re leaving Ham Hill but our race HQ and parking is just after a small dip and will be on the right and well signed.
We hope you can join us
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