Romsey 5 Mile Beer Race


Following the changes to COVID restrictions described by the government’s roadmap, and changes in the guidance provided by England Athletics, the Beer Race Committee have had a long and hard look into if/how we can safely host a Beer Race in 2021. 

The unanimous decision by all members of the committee was that hosting a race in June 2021 would be fraught with challenges and risks, and even if we were able to introduce measures to reduce health risks (e.g. staggered starts, social distancing at start and end) we would ultimately end up with an  event that would be quite different to the Beer Race that we all know and love.  There are also local residents who would not be comfortable with the event taking place around their homes so soon after the pandemic, and in order to safeguard future Beer Races we want to respect their needs . 

Therefore, we have decided to cancel the 2021 Beer Race. 

What happens next?  Well, firstly, you need to pencil in Sunday 5th June 2022 for next year’s Beer Race! 

Secondly, if you had an entry for this year’s or last year’s cancelled Beer Races we will automatically carry your entry forward to next year, so you will have a guaranteed place in the 2022 Beer Race.  If you would instead prefer a refund of your entry fee, then please contact us and we will process this for you.  We will be trying to use PayPal where possible for any refunds (much easier and safer than sending bank account details), so please let us know your race entry name(s) and your PayPal-registered email address when you contact us so we can process any refunds as smoothly as possible. 

Thank you so much for your patience during this frustrating time, here’s hoping for a better year ahead!

the Romsey 5 mile Beer Race Committee.


The Romsey 5-Mile Beer Race, organised by Romsey Road Runners, is a much-loved road race which attracts 400 runners each year. Supported by local brewery Flack Manor as well as Up and Running and A-Plant, runners enjoy the picturesque country lanes of Braishfield village, with a thirst-quenching pint of real ale (for over 18s) and a slice of cake for all runners at the finish, as well as a souvenir pint glass. It’s a friendly and good-natured event for runners of all levels and abilities.

Hailed by Runners World as ‘a charming 5 miler run along quiet country lanes’, we are proud to present a road race for all runners. We are extremely grateful to Braishfield Parish Council, the Newport Inn Cricket Club and residents of the village for their continued support for the race, and look forward to welcoming you on the day.

The race includes chip timing, generous place prizes, and music played by the Romsey Ukelele Group.

A highly popular FREE 1km fun run for 4-14 year olds will take place at 11:45, after the main race and prize-giving.  Registration for the fun run is on the day in the recreation ground finish area.

The Pantry, Braishfield’s café, will be open at the village hall during and after the race.

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If you have any questions, please email our race director:

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