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Watership Down 10K hopes to go ahead in July

You may have read the book. Perhaps you saw the film, or simply marvelled at the mellifluous tones of Art Garfunkel singing the soundtrack hit Bright Eyes from the 1978 British animated adventure drama, Watership Down (pictured above). 

Now you can join those famous bunnies Hazel, Fiver, Bigwig, Blackberry and all the rest of the characters from the 1972 novel by Richard Adams, by running in the multi-terrain Watership Down 10K and 5K, which is ambitiously pencilled in for Sunday, 12 July 2020.

Race HQ is The Fieldgate Centre, Field Gate Drive, Kingsclere and the race going ahead will depend on the reopening of the Kingsclere Community Association's base for a range of sports and community events. In the event of cancellation, all the current registrations will have the choice of a refund or deferred entry to any later race date.

Assuming the lock-down continues to be eased and smaller events are permitted from July, this is your chance to emulate Dandelion – a buck rabbit known for his storytelling and speed. Dandelion was instrumental during the battle of Watership Down and never tires of telling the tale. Perhaps you will be equally fleet of foot and then post your story on social media?

Kingsclere is a quiet village nestled in the valley below Watership Down with a history that can be traced back to 872 when it was part of the Crown Estates of King Alfred. The 10K route features horse gallops, a steep climb onto the ridgeway of White Hill onto the Wayfarers Path, with unobstructed views across Hampshire, West Berkshire, and Watership Down itself.

The return leg along more racehorse gallops leads to Gaily Mill where a decision awaits: track for a short stretch through the stream by the abandoned mill or keep your favourite trail shoes dry on the narrow footpath before the final climb to the finish at The Fieldgate Centre.

It all sounds idyllic and good value at £15 (5K at £7) with sponsorship by The Attentive Barber, Kingsclere – soon to be highly sought after! Online registration has been paused temporarily pending Government guidance but the organiser can be contacted by email: watershipdownrun@yahoo.com

Race details are available at the Race Roster website here

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