Half Marathon Race in the New Forest

UK Athletics Licence no. 2014-9750

Unfortunately we have to announce that there will be no John Austin Half Marathon in 2015. We would like to thank all our supporters over the past three years who have helped us raise £56 000 for Oakhaven Hospice Trust. It’s been fun, it’s been rewarding, and we wish you every success in other races you enter.

The John Austin Half Marathon is a UK Athletics Licenced trail run in the New Forest. Over the last four years we have raised £56 000 for Oakhaven Hospice Trust. On 29 March this year we presented a cheque for £16000 to Oakhaven from the proceeds of the 2014 race, thanks to all those who took part.

The race was run is year on a new route due to flooding on parts of the previous course. The new course was greeted enthusiastically by runners with a record number of entrants taking part this year.


A television crew filmed the start and we had some great coverage on Meridian evening news: www.itv.com/news/meridian

This year’s confirmed results are now available:

View results for the top 20 runners

View full results spreadsheet showing the times of every runner: JA-results-all2014confirmed

2014 Mens Winner James Baker

2014 Mens Winner James Baker


2014 Womens Winner Valeria Sesto

Photos by Pegasus Images will be available soon on their website www.pegasusimages.com/html/events.html.

Class Results

Overall Winner- Male
1 01:13:01 BAKER, James Chichester Runners Senior Men 40
Overall Winner- Female
1 01:24:07 SESTO, Valeria New Forest Runners Vet Ladies 40 528
Senior Men
2 01:16:41 BENNETT, Matthew Southampton AC Senior Men 568
3 01:16:45 BAKSH, Peter Beckenham Running Club Senior Men 520
4 01:20:25 PLACIDI, Benedict Senior Men 547
Senior Ladies
1 01:32:03 WOOLF, Chloe New Forest Runners Senior Ladies 218
2 01:32:45 YOUNG, Liz New Forest Runners Senior Ladies 6
3 01:35:17 ALLEN, Laura Denmead Striders Senior Ladies 413
Vet Men 40
1 01:20:40 BUNGAY, Graham Totton R C Vet Men 40 430
2 01:22:53 MORGAN, Emyr Southampton City AC Vet Men 40 90
3 01:24:55 MARSHALL, Alasdair Lordshill RR Vet Men 40 341
Vet Ladies 40
2 01:29:49 GODWIN, Dawn Vet Ladies 40 673
3 01:45:25 O’MALLEY, Helen Plymouth Harriers Vet Ladies 40 437
4 01:45:52 BAVERSTOCK, Teresa Portsmouth Joggers Vet Ladies 40 694
Vet Men 50
1 01:24:55 HIRST, Mike Poole AC Vet Men 50 599
2 01:29:20 HOY, Phil Portsmouth Joggers Vet Men 50 693
3 01:29:31 TOWNSEND, Adrian Vet Men 50 353
Vet Ladies 50
1 01:44:17 SHANNON, Cherry Ryde Harriers Vet Ladies 50 503
2 01:48:30 JACKSON, Judith New Forest Runners Vet Ladies 50 80
3 01:54:14 NESBITT, Caroline Lymington Triathlon Club Vet Ladies 50 417
Vert Men 60
1 01:31:17 MCCABE, Michael New Forest Runners Vert Men 60 106
2 01:41:52 SMITH, Adrian Lymington Triathlon Club Vert Men 60 222
Vet Ladies 60
1 01:59:35 BIOCHOT, Judith Weymouth St Pauls Vet Ladies 60 29
2 02:23:10 BROMYARD, June Road Runners Club Vet Ladies 60 49


View the full results spreadsheet showing times of every runner:


Susan Hampshire starts 2014 Race

We were delighted when Oakhaven Hospice Trust Patron Susan Hampshire kindly agreed to start this year’s race. The John Austin Half Marathon is a significant fundraiser for Oakhaven, and it is great to have their Patron supporting us.

May 2013: John Austin race organisers hand over £13000 to Oakhaven

May 2013: John Austin race organisers hand over £13000 to Oakhaven Hospice Trust

After the 2013 race we handed over a cheque for £13 000. Read the full story on our News page.

We are expecting this year’s race to raise significantly more than this sum, and will announce the sum raised shortly.

We had very enthusiastic feedback from previous competitors and we were fortunate to have dry weather and a good run, reflected in some fastest ever times.

Many of the entrants commented on the superb course and the friendly atmosphere of the event and said they will be back again in next.

Comments from runners:

…very well organised and well marshalled run with friendly faces and encouragement along the way.

…brilliantly organised, the marshals were excellent and the cakes at the end were very welcome! The course is a fantastic off roader with lots of variety and scenery, I thoroughly enjoyed myself.

…what a great event you put on…it’s probably the nicest and best organised event we have done.

…I think that this event is perfect. You seem to have got everything right. I have competed in some major events and this, by far, was the most friendly and enjoyable event I’ve completed.

More comments…


Organised by runners for runners, the race makes a great day out for competitors of all levels. The date 5 weeks before the London Marathon lends itself nicely to a spring marathon build up.  The course is a scenic off road traffic free route running through the beautiful New Forest. There are prizes for the overall men’s and women’s winners and winners of respective age categories (Senior, V40, V50, V60) as well as spot prizes, T-Shirt, Medal and an excellent goody bag. 100% of the proceeds go to charity. If you have the organisational skills and would like to help with the race organisation or would like to sponsor the event please contact the committee at racesecretary@johnaustinhalf.co.uk – the long range forecast is looking bright! Why is it called the John Austin Half Marathon? Find out about John and why Oakhaven means so much to Irene Austin: John Austin For more information about the John Austin Half Marathon go to Race Information For details of the course go to Race Route