The Humdinger Half Marathon

Feb 2018 | Date TBA | Taunton, TA2 7QP
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About

The Humdinger Half is a testing hilly race run over the Quantock Hills. With a total ascent of over 1100ft this is probably one of the toughest road races in the county. Some hill training is definitely recommended prior to tackling this beast! Runners also have the option to take part in the 5 mile (ish) Hurlte if the half is a little too far.

Race Location: TA2 7QP

The Course

Both races start on Cheddon Road and finish at Wellsprings Leisure Centre and both courses followinitially the same route. At about three miles the Humdinger and Hurtle split with the Hurtle returning via Gotton, Rowford and then back to the finish at Wellsprings Leisure Centre.

The Humdinger continues upwards climbing to an eventual height of about 700ft. Eventually runners reach Vollis cross and follow a small section of the original route. At the next cross road the route continues ahead dropping down steeply to a small hamlet. Runners then climb up the new Humdinger Hill (the sting in the tail!) and turn left at the next T junction. Continue through Lydeard cross and at the next intersection take the left turn dropping down to Duck Pond. This section of the course is mildly undulating and crosses some ancient woodlands.

The road reaches another T junction where the runners turn left, passing the road to Fyne Court shortly. After another half mile or so take the right turn into Lodes Lane (renamed Buzzard Hill!). This is another section of the original course. Lodes Lane drops steeply down for about a mile eventually reaching the pretty village of Kingston St Mary. Here runners pass through the village taking the left turn on the edge towards Upper Cheddon. In another half mile the route forks to the left and this road takes you to the main junction with Lyngford Lane. Pass Pyrland Farm on your right, through Cheddon Road and into the leisure centre and you've done it!

Start of The Humdinger Half Marathon