Ultra runners around Basingstoke

looking for ultra runners around Basingstoke

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01/11/2012 at 15:02

Hi, I just moved to Basingstoke and am looking for some fellow runners. I realize that there are some running clubs around but their training nights seem to only consist of speed training etc. I am still active with my running club in Southampton where I do my speed training etc. so I don't need any more of that. (Also, can never bring myself to really care about all this talk about league races or PBs.) What I am looking for is some fellow runners for some nice long runs (at least an hour or more). Not the world's fastest runner but I do like to get in some good tempto runs. 

When running I try to get off the roads as quickly as possible and head out into the country side with an OS map. I'm doing the Endurancelife ultras starting next weekend (crap :P) so would love to find some other locals doing those races. I work at home in Basingstoke most days so am very flexible about when to meet up (either during the week or weekend.) Would also be happy to head for a pint with any local people to talk about running.

02/11/2012 at 11:59

You often find that clubs have other training sessions besides the main weekday training. For instance, I used to belong to Farnham Runners when I lived down South, as well as week night stuff they meet on a Sunday morning for long runs around the countryside, I am sure the same goes for other clubs.

 I found joining a running club when I moved to a new area was a great starting point (have done the same since moving to Scotland). Yes, there will always be those that enjoy the pb/league racing aspect, but there will be people building up marathon training, those who just run because they can etc etc. I'd visit a couple of clubs and see what they are about ...In my experience, clubs are rarely made up of people focussed on ultra running, but there are always people up for a slightly more adventurous run or a longer distance.

02/11/2012 at 17:48

I agree. Join a local club and if there aren't any long run sessions or weekend offroad sessions, start your own! On the surface my club is very focused on athletics and leagues and all that stuff but there are quite a few ultra runners there too who organise informal 30+mile offroad weekend runs...

02/11/2012 at 17:56


Overton Harriers is a small club a few miles west of Basingstoke.

What sort of pace are you? If around 7-9 min mile pace for long runs then we would certainly be in the right "standard". We think we are a friendly club would welcome you for long runs.

See our website www.overtonharriers.org.uk/

Our main long runs are Sunday but I personnally do off road long runs some lunchtimes around B'stoke

Edited: 02/11/2012 at 17:56
02/11/2012 at 18:59

ah ... memories of the Combe Gibbet to Overton trail race ... my first effort at a longer trail race that one ... a few years ago now

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