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Come and join one of Basingstoke’s weekly parkruns! They are completely free and are open to anyone to take part whether you are a seasoned athlete or just an occasional walker. The focus is on fun and is a great chance to run with others whilst also posting a time if you wish.
If you’re aged 14 or over then come along to Basingstoke’s Saturday 5km Parkrun which takes place at the War Memorial Park at 9am. Visit www.parkrun.org.uk/basingstoke to register and get your unique code.
If you've got children between the ages of 4 and 14 , they can take part in Junior Parkrun which happens at 9am every Sunday at Stratton Park (RG22 5HL). Please register your child before taking part at www.parkrun.org.uk/basingstoke-juniors/
Couch to 2k and 5k
Couch to 5K is a 10 week running plan for absolute beginners designed to help you lead a more active lifestyle. The plan involves one hour weekly group sessions led by experienced running coaches from Live2Run4Fun. The coaches will also provide you with a schedule for runs outside of the sessions.
Couch to 2k is similar to Couch to 5k except that it is aimed at those who may find the idea of running 5km at the end of 10 weeks unachievable and a bit daunting. The Couch to 2k courses are at a lower intensity and once completed can allow the participant to carry out a Couch to 5k course with confidence.
Several courses are organised each year from various locations. If you are interested in taking part in a course soon then please contact email@example.com to find out when and where the next course is planned.
Walking Football is a slower version of the game we all know. It’s the same as regular football but with a few rule changes such as no running and no contact. The game is perfect for those who are either returning from injury or those who have stopped playing the full version of the game due to their age.
There are several Walking Football sessions available in Basingstoke. Take a look at Hampshire FA’s website to find out where and when they take place - http://www.hampshirefa.com/players/ways-to-play/walking-football
Walking Netball is a slowed down version of the game of netball, designed for anyone looking to exercise in a relaxed, supportive and friendly environment. It’s aimed at all ages and abilities.
Regular sessions take place in South Ham, 10am to 11am on Thursdays. The courts at Russell Howard Park are used in better weather whilst St Peter’s Church is used for sessions during the winter. Each weekly session costs just £3.
To find out where the sessions are taking place please contact the session hosts, Tracy and Alice at firstname.lastname@example.org or contact Carey at England Netball on 07595 086751.
Local tennis league
The Basingstoke local tennis league is a great opportunity for adults to play regular matches against others of a similar standard. Matches can be played at a suitable time for you and your opponent with courts free to use at Stratton Park. Alternatively, you could pay for use of the courts at Totally Tennis in the War Memorial Park. You can work your way up the league, have fun and meet new people. Four rounds of matches take place each year. For more information and to see when the next round begins, visit www.localtennisleagues.com.
Free tennis at Stratton Park
Stratton Park has six tennis courts available to use for free. No booking required, no fee charged, just turn up and play and enjoy a great game of tennis. For further information contact Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council on 01256 845685.
Bike rides for women
FREE bike rides led by women for women in Basingstoke
If you are female aged 16+ and haven’t been on a bike in a while but:
- would like someone to go with you in case of emergencies
- are looking to meet new people to cycle with
- would like to find new routes
- are considering some other sort of exercise or
- are just seeking some motivation
...then maybe the Breeze Network is for you. Cycle rides are arranged and led by local Basingstoke trained female ride leaders as part of British Cycling’s national campaign to get 1 million more women on their bikes by 2020. Rides cater for beginners or those who wish to challenge themselves further. These are led on cycle-ways, trails or on-road.
Rides start from a variety of locations across the borough and range in distance from a few miles to 100km. They give ladies an opportunity to explore town centre cycle routes, parks, and quiet roads, as well as passing through many of the local Hampshire villages and giving local pubs and cafes custom!
The variety of rides on offer means that there should be one suited to you so please check out the Breeze website to ‘find a ride’ and sign up directly. For further information, or to find out more, please drop the Breeze team an email at: email@example.com or check out the information that is shared on the Breeze Network Basingstoke Facebook page and on twitter @breezingstoke.
Basingstoke is home to four way-marked routes. The routes have been created so that people of all ages and abilities can enjoy a training run or a walk with the family. Each route has a map at the start to guide you. A list of existing way-marked routes is below:
- Little Penwood (RG20 9HA) - 1.8km route with wooden trim trail equipment.
- Down Grange Sports Complex (RG22 5SN) – 2km route.
- Crabtree Plantation (Off London Road RG24 7AS) – 1 mile route.
- Popley (Chineham Splash Pad - RG24 9BL/Popley Community Park – RG24 9EN) – 1.3km route.