RUNNERS are getting ready to lace up their trainers and take part in the 2019 Romsey relay marathon this weekend.

The run is set to take place on May 12 and 170 teams have entered to take part.

The run is organised by the Romsey Rotary Club and the housing developer Barret Homes will also be sponsoring the event for the fourth year.

Michelle Storer from Barratt Homes said: “We are delighted to be supporting this amazing event again this year and our own team of runners are really looking forward to taking part.

“The event offers a perfect opportunity for residents, businesses and community groups to come together and do something fantastic for charity while keeping


Last year, the charity event which is open for people of all ages and abilities raised


The unique event sees teams of up to 10 members take it in turn to run two laps of a 1.3-mile course before passing the baton to the next team member.

The oldest competitor to date has been aged over 80 and the youngest was eight years old and the event caters for both able bodied runners.

Event organiser, Charlie Daniel-Hobbs, added: “The Rotary Club of Romsey is delighted to be working with Barratt Homes again this year.

“Last year was by far the most successful event to date and this year looks like being ever


“The Relay Marathon is not only a race, but a major fundraising opportunity, a sound team building exercise and a family day out in a beautiful setting.

“Most importantly, it brings the whole community together to not only raise funds, but also awareness of various charities serving Hampshire.”

Tony Forward, who is on the organising committee for the event said that the event has “grown over the years and last year was by far a great success.”

The event, when it first started in 2013, had just 32 teams.

He said: “It’s become a family day out as we have face painting and a clown to entertain the children.”

Tony described the event as “a highlight of the year.”

He said: “It’s a lot of fun for those taking part and it is a good team building exercise.

“People really enjoy it and it takes place at a lovely setting.

“It’s not like running a full marathon it is good fun.”

Entries for this year’s relay marathon have closed but for more information contact

The Romsey Rotary Club aim to make a difference in the market town and work with local


The club meet on Tuesdays at 12:45 pm at The White Horse Hotel in The Market Place.

For more information about The Rotary Club 01794512431.