Parking and buses
There are buses from Winchester to Salisbury before the race and there are also buses from Winchester to Salisbury after the race. This means that you can park at the Winchester end, catch the bus and then run back. Or you can park at the Salisbury end (or Broughton), run the course and then catch the bus back to the starting place. We ask you to let us know which bus you intend to travel on but you can change this later on if you wish to. The cost of a bus pass is £5.00.
Parking details are as follows:
Parking in Salisbury (Laverstock)
We are very grateful to Frank W Murhpy Ltd who are allowing us to use the car parking area in the front of their company building. Also Dr & Dr Robertson who are allowing us to use their field. As a backup, in case of bad weather, we have also arranged for the London Road Park & Ride car park. Please note that there is no car parking space available at Wyvern School.
Parking at Frank W Murhpy Ltd (SP1 1QZ). This is located approx 200m north from the School on the East side of the road. Use the car park at the front of the building (limited spaces).
Parking in the field belonging to Dr & Dr Roberston (SP1 1RB). This field is located approx 400m north from the School on the east side of the road next to New Farm House, 100 Church Road (limited spaces).
Parking at the London Road Park & Ride car park (SP1 3JB). This is a longer walk being about 800m but the advantage of this car park is that it is an all weather facility and there is a lot of space. Once parked you will need to walk out onto London Road. Carefully cross the road and proceed in a southwesterly direction towards Salisbury. After about 200m you will come to some traffic lights. From here you need to turn left, recross the road and walk in a south easterly direction through the small housing estate and take the footpath that goes through the subway underneath the railway line. Follow the path continuing in this direction towards the playing fields and then out onto Church Road where you will be just opposite Wyvern School. This will take about 20 minutes to walk so please allow plenty of time.
For a map of the general area Location click here.
If possible, instead off parking at Laverstock, please consider parking at the Park & Ride in Winchester before the event and then catch our special bus to Salisbury.
Parking in Winchester
Please park at the free South Winchester Park & Ride (864 spaces) off Junction 11 of the M3 (not Junction 10) Location. You will be bussed directly to the start from here. A free shuttle bus will also be in operation between the Park & Ride carpark and Kings School from 12.00 to 4.15 for runners and spectators.
In the past we have had serious traffic congestion at Kings School. Can we recommend that spectators also park at the South Winchester Park & Ride and take the free shuttle buses which will be running every 10 minutes from 12.00 to 4.15.
Parking in Broughton
Please drive in on the B3084 and turn up Buckhold Road and park in the field behind the Sports Ground (SO20 8DA) (link). This field will be open from 9.30am and you will need to be parked by 11.30am latest. Please allow a 10 minute walk (approx 400m) from here to the starting point which is located in the front of the village hall (Half Marathon starts at 12.15pm). You will also need to allow extra time to register and pick up your timing chip etc.
Parking in this field is suitable for cars but not for minibuses or large vehicles. Please do not attempt to park in School Lane or the High Street or anywhere in the vicinity of the village hall. Only Mini Buses are allowed to use the Village Hall car park.
A small amount of short term parking for Relay team supporters will be available in the doctor's surgery car park in School Lane.
You can park your car at the free Park & Ride carpark at South Winchester before the race and take our bus to the start and then run back. Or you can park at the start, run to Winchester and then catch our bus back. We have arranged seats on the buses for those runners who pre-book their places. The cost is £5.00. If you have not pre-booked you will be able to pay when you get on the bus, subject to spare seats still being available. Please take the correct amount of money with you.
Pre-Race Bus: Winchester to Salisbury for Full Marathon runners
- 8.15am 1st bus leaves the South Winchester Park and Ride carpark (M3, Junction 11)
- 8.25am 2nd bus leaves the South Winchester Park and Ride carpark (M3, Junction 11)
- 8.35am 3rd bus leaves the South Winchester Park and Ride carpark (M3, Junction 11)
- 8.45am 4th bus leaves the South Winchester Park and Ride carpark (M3, Junction 11)
These buses will drive via Romsey Road bus-stop (near traffic lights, near Kings School Winchester) to pick up any runners who have not come by car.
These 4 buses will arrive at Wyvern School, Laverstock, Salisbury between 9.15am and 9.45am.
The full marathon will start at 10.30am.
10.45am After the full marathon has set off, a single bus will leave from Wyvern School and drive to the Half Marathon start at Broughton, arriving at around 11.15am.
Pre-Race Bus: Winchester to Broughton for Half Marathon runners
- 10.40am 1st bus leaves the South Winchester Park and Ride carpark (M3, Junction 11)
- 10.50am 2nd bus leaves the South Winchester Park and Ride carpark (M3, Junction 11)
These buses will drive via Romsey Road bus-stop (near traffic lights, near Kings School Winchester) to pick up any runners who have not come by car. If you come by train to Winchester you will have to allow for a 37 minute walk (1.7 miles) from the Winchester Railway Station to the Romsey Road bus-stop (or 5 minutes in a taxi).
These 2 buses will arrive at Broughton at around 11.10am and 11.20am.
The Half Marathon will start at 12.15pm
Post-race bus: From Kings' School Winchester
Free shuttle buses will operate from the front gate of Kings' School to take runners back to the South Winchester Park & Ride. These buses will operate approximately every 10 minutes from 12.00 until 4.15 and will also be free for spectators.
Separate buses will be used to return runners to Broughton and Salisbury as follows:
- 3.15pm 1st bus leaves Kings School for Broughton and Salisbury
- 3.45pm 2nd bus leaves Kings School for Broughton and Salisbury
- 4.15pm 3rd bus leaves Kings School for Broughton and Salisbury
If you are going home by rail, please note that we have not arranged for any buses to Winchester Railway Station. The station is a distance of 1.7 miles from Kings School so you may be best to arrange a taxi.
It is assumed that all relay teams will be arranging their own backup transport among their team members. Members of relay teams can, if necessary, use the busses to get from Winchester to Salisbury or Broughton but not from Winchester to Middle Winterslow or Farley Mount.
Travelling by rail?
Winchester and Salisbury both have railway stations but Broughton does not. If you are running the full marathon then the best route would probably be to get a train to Salisbury, then taxi from Salisbury to Wyvern School in Laverstoke. It is approximately 3 miles from the Salisbury railway station to Wyvern School. Kings School is about 1.7 miles from the Winchester railway station. You would need to get a taxi from Kings School to the railway station.
If you are going to run the Half Marathon you will need to get to Broughton for the start. It is probably best to go to Winchester Railway Station and then either walk up to Kings School or take a taxi (1.7 miles, 37 minutes walking or 5 minutes in a taxi). Then catch our bus from the bus stop on Romsey Road near Kings School. There will be 2 buses passing through at 11.00am and 11.10am.
Relay transistion stations
Relay transition 1 - Middle Winterslow Sports Field (Grid Ref 237328, SP5 1RD). Please park in sports field on the west side of the village. Please avoid driving through the village of Winterslow, instead please enter and exit on the west side of the village and travel via the A30. There are no buses.
Relay transition 2 - Broughton, Rectory Lane (Grid Ref 308330, SO20 8AB). Please enter and leave Broughton via the A30 on the north side of the village.
Relay transition 3 - Farley Mount Monument (Grid Ref 407292). Please avoid driving through Kings Somborne as the traffic will be very congested and you might not make it in time. You will need to drive along the A30 to Stockbridge and then take the B3049 towards Winchester. Then take the right turn to Little Somborne, then Ashley and then Farley Mount Monument. Please note that Farley Mount has very limited car parking. Please take care to avoid any runners as the course crosses the road at this point. There are a number of car parks located beside the road to the east of Farley Mount. Please allow plenty of time to get to the relay transition point. There are no buses.
Timing chips & race numbers
Electronic tags (timing chips) and race numbers will be issued on the morning of the race for marathon and half marathon runners. Relay teams will have their race numbers (but not their team timing chip) sent to them by post before the event. Please allow plenty of time to sign in and collect your tag before the race starts. For the marathon, registration at Wyvern School in Laverstock opens at 8.30am. For the half marathon registration at the village hall in Broughton opens at 11.00am. Chips must be returned at the end of the race.
Marshalling and route markers
The Rotary Club and a large number of volunteers will be marshalling the whole course. The Radio Amateurs' Emergency Network (Raynet) will also be providing emergency communications. Please obey the marshalls at all times. In addition to marshalls, there will be direction indicator signs at all junctions.
If you are not running, would you be interested in helping out by being a marshal? If you would like to know more, please contact JJ Heath-Caldwell on 01962 761 565 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org
The route does cross the road at a number of points. These points are all marshalled to reduce the likihood of any accidents but please look out for cars and only cross when it is safe to do so.
Due to the nature of the course, there will be no lead vehicle however there will be cyclists leading and following up in the rear.
Kings' School has excellent facilities at the finish - including showers! Please be aware, we have no control over the amount of hot water you use so it may run cold if people spend too much time showering. Please be as quick as you can.
All baggage will be transported from the start to the finish at Kings' School and will be placed in the sports hall for you to collect.
Unfortunately we are not able to accept runners with dogs due to various health and safety issues at Wyvern College and at Kings School.
If you have supporters who are driving, it is recommended that they do not drive around the route (Pitton, Winterslow, Broughton, Houghton, Kings Somborne, Farley Mount etc). The roads and villages along the route tend to get very congested with traffic and in some cases all the cars can end up at a standstill, especially at Kings Somborne. It is much better if your supporters drive to Winchester, have a look around the historic city and then drive to Kings School to meet you when you finish
All competitors must respect both the highway and country codes. In the event of any traffic and/or road restrictions, rights are reserved to alter the course of the route without notice. The organisers cannot therefore be held responsible if the distance is not exact, but assure all competitors that it will be as accurate as possible.
The prizes, of which there are many, will be awarded to the first female and first male in the following categories:
- 5-year age categories eg under 40, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69, 70 plus (full marathon)
- 10-year age categories (half marathon)
- First, second and third male and female hashers (half and full marathon)
- First relay team (mixed sex)
- First hash relay team (mixed sex)