With the growing rise in mental health concerns and the rising stresses that are entwined throughout our daily lives, exercise can be a great support to many ailments, as it generates natural endorphins that flood the body and reduce the negative impacts that stress can present. Many of us already know that life is about balance; and would recognise that good sleep, enjoying a balanced diet that incorporates as many BRAIN FOODS as possible (as termed by Harvard nutritionist Dr. Uma Naidoo), along with the regular movement of the body in whichever way you enjoy most, is a conducive way to maximise positive mental wellbeing.
As we move into the cooler, cosier months of the year, it’s a great opportunity to get out into Mother Nature’s playing fields for fresh air, and walks. If you’re looking for a challenge to help get you up off the sofa, or you just love to compete, we have compiled some of the top sporting events that are taking place in and around Odiham, Alton, Farnham, Basingstoke and Winchester.
What are you waiting for? This is the perfect excuse to dust off the weekend bag, and join us for a weekend of fresh air and exercise; the reward will include a huge rush of endorphins as you cross the finish line, along with enjoying quality time off-grid, as you discover the joys of historic Odiham and its surrounding villages and attractions, including local artisan farm shops, award-winning distilleries, beautiful National Trust sites, finished off with a slice of wholesome, quality hospitality here at The Red Lion in Odiham.
Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th October 2023, Run – Great South Run, 5k | 10m, Portsmouth
Saturday 11th November 2023, Ultra Run – Race To Remember, 36m |76km, Aldershot Barracks
12th Nov 2023, Run – Basingstoke Trail Half Marathon Guided Run, 13 miles, Basingstoke
Sunday 21st January 2024, Run – Farnborough Half Marathon, 13 miles, Farnborough
Sunday 24th March 2024, Run – Fleet Half Marathon, 13 miles, Fleet
Sunday 14th April 2024, Bike – Tour of the Worthys, 30m | 50m, Winchester
Sunday 14th May 2024, Run – Alton 10 Mile race, 10 miles, Alton (dates TBC)
Sunday 19 May 2024, Run – Hook Fun Run & Road Race, 2.5k | 10k | 10 mile, Hook (dates TBC)
Friday 31st May 2024, Run – 10k Sunset Run, 10 k, Petersfield (dates TBC)
Sunday 7th July 2024, Triathlon – Basingstoke Triathlon, Novice & Sprint, Basingstoke (dates TBC)
Sunday 14th July 2024, Bike Race – Tour of Silchester, 30m | 50m, Yateley
Saturday 13th July 2024, Ultra Run – Pewsey Vale Ultra, 77 miles, Andover (dates TBC)
Saturday 20th July 2024, Hike – 20 Mile Guided Hike, 20 miles Winchester (dates TBC)
Sunday 1st September 2024, Ultra Run – Alresford 50k Ultra, 50k, Alresford (dates TBC)
Sunday 1st September 2024, Bike Race – Tour of Candovers, 20m | 40m | 60m, Odiham
Saturday 29th September 2024, Run – Bolt around the Holt ,1k | 5k | 10k | Half Marathon, Bucks Horn Oak, Farnham (dates TBC)
Sunday 6th October 2024, Run – Destination Basingstoke Run Philips Law, 10k | Half Marathon, Basingstoke
Come stay with us
The Red Lion pub & inn is an independently owned pub, which forms part of local Farnham-based pub company New Dawn Pubs, and is located centrally in Odiham’s quaint high street, just minutes from the M3, A30, and A287. There is a public car park situated just behind the pub (Deer Park View), in addition to high street parking. If you plan to bring your own bike, we can safely store this overnight for you; plus, we can also offer late check-outs, and early check-ins, subject to availability.
We have 7 beautiful bedrooms, which are situated above our gastro-inspired pub, and enjoy luxury features throughout, including a spacious rain shower (please note, our bathrooms do not feature bath tubs). Our rooms have varying sized beds, including twin beds, double, king, and super king. Please feel free to call our team should you wish to request a specific room or bed size. Once you return back and have showered (and maybe had a snooze), come and join us downstairs in the pub for some delicious food to fill up on (our Gluten Free offering is superb too, and well loved in the local area). Room rates start from £95 per room, per night inclusive of breakfast for two people.
So, start planning your next sporting challenge for 2024 and secure your luxury B&B accommodation early, to avoid disappointment… if you change your mind, or pick up an injury, you can cancel without charge up to 24 hours prior to arrival – so get moving!