IAH Compton Annual Boundary Run & Walk


The IAH Compton Boundary Run first took place in 1975. Although walkers are reported to have taken part in some years (the earliest being 1982), complete records for the Boundary Walk only exist from 1993 onwards.


The route – and the distance – of the event has, inevitably, altered over the years: for example, in 1996 the route changed to avoid running on the verge of the A34; in 2000, the route was altered across fields from Fairfield to Cheseridge; and a shortened route was used following the Foot and Mouth outbreak of 2001. In addition to these changes the route has, over the years, been run or walked both clockwise and anti-clockwise. Detailed below are the routes and distances used since the event began:


Route 1, Pre-1992: Distance 9.29 miles (14.9 Km). Run clockwise.

No record of the precise route exists, but it is believed that it was broadly the same as that used between 1992 and 1995. It was recorded in the June 1993 edition of ‘Compost’ as being 9.29 miles.


Route 2, 1992 to 1995: Distance 9.4 miles (15.0 Km). Run clockwise.

Start IAH main drive, up Fairfield, across fields, behind Cheseridge, Greenhams Lane, Dennisford Road, A34 verge, East Ilsley, Death Valley, Ridgeway, Cundells Track to finish on IAH main drive.


Route 3, 1996 to 1999: Distance 8.5 miles (13.6 Km). Run anti-clockwise and clockwise on alternate years.

Start IAH main drive, Cundells Track, Ridgeway, Death Valley, behind East Ilsley rectory to pond, track behind East Ilsley Recreation Ground, Greenhams Lane, behind Cheseridge, across fields, Fairfield and finish on IAH main drive.


Route 4, 2000 only: Distance 8.1 miles (13.0 Km). Run clockwise.

Start IAH main drive, up Fairfield, across fields via ‘the drift’ to Cheseridge, Greenhams Lane, track behind East Ilsley Recreation Ground, pond behind East Ilsley rectory, Death Valley, Ridgeway, Cundells Track and finish on IAH main drive.


Route 5, 2001 only: Distance 7.3 miles (11.7 Km). Run anti-clockwise.

[Route changed this year because of Foot and Mouth]. Start IAH main drive, Cundells Track, Ridgeway, Death Valley, behind East Ilsley rectory to pond, track behind East Ilsley Recreation Ground, Greenhams Lane, Warnhams Lane, down Mayfield Hill and finish in cricket field.


Route 6, 2002 to 2007, 2009 to 2011 and 2013 to 2015: Distance 8.0 miles (12.8 Km). Run anti-clockwise.

Start IAH main drive, Cundells Track, Ridgeway, Death Valley, behind East Ilsley rectory to pond, track behind East Ilsley Recreation Ground, Greenhams Lane, Warnhams Lane, Cradlicote Copse, wood behind Downs School, Newbury Lane and finish in cricket field.


Route 7, 2008 only: Distance 8.1 miles (13.0 Km). Run anti-clockwise.

Start cricket field, in front of IAH main gate, Cundells Track, Ridgeway, Death Valley, behind East Ilsley rectory to pond, track behind East Ilsley Recreation Ground, Greenhams Lane, Warnhams Lane, Cradlicote Copse, wood behind Downs School, Newbury Lane and finish in cricket field.


Route 8, 2012: Distance 8.3 miles (13.3 Km). Run anti-clockwise.

[Route changed this year because of impassable field]. Start IAH main drive, Cundells Track, Ridgeway, Death Valley, behind East Ilsley rectory to pond, track behind East Ilsley Recreation Ground, Greenhams Lane, Warnhams Lane, Cheseridge Farm, mown path across field, Cradlicote Copse, wood behind Downs School, Newbury Lane and finish in cricket field.


Route 9, 2016 onwards: Distance 7.7 miles (12.3 Km). Run anti-clockwise.

[Route changed after closure of IAH Compton]. Start IAH main drive, Cundells Track, Ridgeway, Death Valley, behind East Ilsley rectory to pond, track behind East Ilsley Recreation Ground, Greenhams Lane, Warnhams Lane, Cradlicote Copse, wood behind Downs School, finish on school playing field.


Route 10, 2020: Distance 7.3 miles (11.7 Km). Run anti-clockwise.

[Virtual event due to Covid-19 – participants started at any time during the day and timed themselves]. Start IAH main gate, Cundells Track, Ridgeway, Death Valley, behind East Ilsley rectory to pond, track behind East Ilsley Recreation Ground, Greenhams Lane, Warnhams Lane, Mayfield, finish at IAH main gate.


Route 11, 2021: Distance: 7.8 miles (12.5 Km). Run anti-clockwise.

Start Compton village hall, across rec to School Road, Horn Street, Cundells Track, Ridgeway, Death Valley, behind East Ilsley rectory to pond, track behind East Ilsley Recreation Ground, Greenhams Lane, Warnhams Lane, Mayfield, High Street, School Road, cross rec to finish at village hall.


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