Romsey 5 - January

Staged in the grounds of Broadlands Estate in Romsey (just a short drive from Totton), this is a very fast flat course with great potential for quick times. Click here for the race website.

Chichester 10K - February

If you don't mind travelling a bit further afield, this is a long running popular event. After undulating through the country, there is a fast downhill finish into the town centre. Click here for the race website.

Exbury 5 - March

Formerly a 10K race until part of the course was washed into the sea by winter storms, this is now a 5 mile event. It starts in Exbury Gardens and is organised by Hardley Runners. Click here for the race website.

Lymington 10K - May

An event staged to raise money for the RNLI, the course follows country lanes and the flat coastal path along the sea wall with fantastic views across the Solent. Click here for the race website.

Braishfield Beer Race - June

An moderately undulating 5 mile race around the picturesque village of Braishfield (near Romsey) with a complimentary hops fuelled beverage at the finish. Click here for the race website.

Lordshill 10K - June

By far the closest event to Totton, this a fun event organised by Lordshill Road Runners. The course includes one climb, but the main factor preventing PBs is hot weather. Click here for the race website.

Hursley 10K - September

Largely a trail race with a short (traffic free) section of road near the start, this event takes place within the Hursley estate and is probably the nicest 10K race you've never run. Click here for the race website.

parkruns - Weekly

These weekly free to enter timed 5K runs are a great way of monitoring your training progress. The closest local events are Southampton, Eastleigh and Brockenhurst.  Click here for the parkrun website.