A run in the countryside
The Doynton Hard Half Marathon takes runners on a challenging tour of the countryside over three separate and distinctly different sections, each returning to Doynton village.
Section 1 - the first 3 ish miles
The first 3 mile section is good old-fashioned hard hilly running. The first mile is a steady climb to the top of a very muddy Toghill Lane before descending through farmland and then climbing again before another descent to a short river crossing and through a short wooded section. People have been know to say things like 'bugger that was horrific' after this short first section.
Section 2 - the next 7
The second section is new for 2020. It combines a tour of Dyrham Village and another climb up the Cotswold escarpment then a few chances to wash off your shoes in the River Boyd and another puddle or two that we managed to find, before returning to the village.
Section 3 - the last 3 and a bit miles
The final section takes you on a circuit of Wick Quarry through Golden Valley Nature Reserve and has sections which are a little firmer underfoot with a couple of late cheeky sharp slopes or thrown in to make sure your legs stay awake. Another another much needed muddy lane has also been added to the last mile.
Route maps are no longer available for download as the private land used on race day was being used for recces and practice runs last year which caused us some difficuilties. The DHHM2020 route will therefore be a nice surprise for you all on race day.
Village Map

The course