New Year’s Eve Club Run

The Steeple Chase
Winchester Abbey – Kings Somborne Church – Mottisfont Abbey – Romsey Abbey

What is it?

  • Club Christmas Social run free to all RRR members
  • Four distances available – you choose which you do
  • Self-guided – run solo or with buddies
  • All four routes finish at Romsey Abbey at 2pm
  • Drink at the Cocky Anchor pub in Romsey afterwards
  • Join the Steeple Chase WhatsApp group for more info and to find friends to run with

Four distance options

  • 19 ish miles – Winchester Cathedral to Romsey Abbey
  • 13 ish miles – Farley Mount to Romsey Abbey
  • 10 miles – Kings Somborne to Romsey Abbey
  • 5.5 miles – Mottisfont to Romsey Abbey
  • GPX files and maps of the four routes available (here)
  • The routes follow the Clarendon & Test Way footpaths between Winchester and Romsey and are mainly along trails with some small road sections and one or two road crossings

How it works

  • Choose the distance you want to run
  • Download the GPX/ paper map of the route
  • Work back from a 2pm finish time at the Abbey to find your start time (e.g. if it’s going to take you 4 hours to run 19 miles, then you start at Winchester Cathedral at 10am; if it’s going to take you an hour to run 5 miles then you start at Mottisfont at 1pm)
  • Sign up to the Steeple Chase Whatsapp group (message Sue Stileman on 07754 701453 to join) to get the latest information/ be notified of any changes and to find friends to run with
  • Come to the Cocky Anchor pub at 2pm when you finish for a celebratory drink

Things to know

  • This is a self-guided run along (mostly) trails in winter
  • There won’t be any marshals on the routes
  • There are some sections of road and some road crossings on all the routes so please take care on these (see risk assessment before running please)
  • Make sure you have the correct kit for the conditions eg: trail shoes, hat, gloves, waterproof, long-sleeved top, high viz if the visibility is low.
  • Take some warm, dry kit to change into at the end
  • Take a small first aid kit (survival blanket; plasters; antiseptic wipe; bandage)
  • Ensure you have adequate food/ water for the distance
  • Take a fully charged mobile with you in case of emergency
  • Please let us know you are running either by contacting Sue Stileman or via the Steeple Chase WhatsApp group


RouteOS MapsGPX File
19 MilesHereHere
Half MarathonHereHere
10 MilesHereHere
5 MilesHereHere

Risk Assessment

Full risk assessment available here, but the headlines are:

  • Road sections/ road crossings/ traffic – please beware of vehicles and other road users
  • Public footpaths so keep an eye out for walkers/ cyclists/ dogs/ other users of the path
  • Fields to cross- beware of any livestock that may be present
  • Roots, low-hanging branches, uneven ground, rabbit holes, vegetation, puddles, mud, stones underfoot – be aware of trip hazards
  • Inclement weather: wet, cold, icy – dress appropriately and be aware of underfoot conditions
  • Accidents/ falls- take first aid kit and notify Sue Stileman of any incidents on 07754 701453