Grange Road, Christchurch,
BH23 4JD Dorset, UK
The first Hoburne 5 race was organised in 2003 by Terry Byrne (Yeovil Harriers but a resident of Burton) with the technical know-how provided by Keith Mitchell (then of New Forest Runners).
This pairing lasted until 2013, with the Hoburne 5 established as a popular race and a mainstay of The Running Tree Series, attracting runners from all over the country and of all standards.
There had previously been a similar race in this area that had been organised for many years; the Highcliffe 5. This race started in Lymington Road and went to Walkford before returning to the start. But by 1998 the route was considered too dangerous for the race to continue.
Terry knew the management at Hoburne Parks, who were keen to show their support in the local community and the planning for the first Hoburne 5 began.
This was to be organised by runners, to be a friendly competition that supported ‘grass roots’ runners while channelling any profit to benefit the local community.
Chris Potter (Christchurch Volunteer of the year 2013, UK Athletics Official of the year 2012) has from the beginning helped to ensure the race was organised in a way that made it not just a friendly race but one that also satisfied all the rules of the road running governing body of the day.
2013 saw the introduction of the Bournemouth Marathon on the same day as the Hoburne 5 so unsurprisingly the 2014 Hoburne5 found a new home one week earlier than previous years.
Also, from 2014 we have taken the initiative of introducing an online entry option for the Hoburne 5 at no extra cost to the runner.
We hope that with the support of runners, whether from local clubs, distant clubs or unattached runners, that we can keep the Hoburne 5 race going for you, the runners, whilst raising some money for charities, which are the reasons we have put in so many hours of work to get this far.
The Men’s course record 25:26 is held by Steve Way who won this event in 2012. (Steve Way was third Briton home at the 2014 London Marathon (2:16:27), the Commonwealth Games Marathon V40 record holder (2:15:16) and holds the 100km British best time of 6:19:19). Note that the 2003 result is discounted for record purposes after a short course problem.
The Women’s course record 27:24 is held by Andrea Woodvine of Aldershot and Farnham District who won this event in 2009 leaving all the men trailing in her wake.
If you have any further information to add to this article please do get in touch – particularly if you have kept any photographs of the earlier races that you don’t mind sharing.