7th July, 2016
The Hangman Ultra begins and ends in Longparish, a beautiful little village near Andover in Hampshire. The village is very welcoming, there are runners in the village hall committee and so they love that we're staging this race there. The route is actually around 54km in length, but we don't charge extra for those.
As you leave Longparish you immediately join the Test Way and head north, which will be your home for the next few hours. The route is farmland tracks and trails, so be prepared for some mud and large tyre tread marks - trail shoes are recommended. After passing through St Mary Bourne the trail heads northwest to yet another beautiful village, Hurstbourne Tarrant, and then north to head towards Berkshire, climbing the wonderfully named Gallows Down to get to Combe Gibbet and CP2. The gibbet was erected in 1676 to hang the bodies of two people found guilty of murder - what stands there now is a replica, but it's still an impressive structure. On a clear day there is a fabulous view over Berkshire from up here, which is a great reward for completing half the race!
After Combe Gibbet it's a simple matter of retracing your steps back to the finish at Longparish, hopefully high-fiving and congratulating any other runners you pass coming the other way!