date iconDate: Saturday 30 September 2017

clock iconTime: Starts at 10am

cost iconPrice: £25 

tough icon Toughness Rating: Tough

venue iconVenue: Hadleigh Park, Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex, SS7 2PP

Take on a Tough 10 run at the course made famous for hosting the mountain biking at the 2012 Olympics.

No obstacles - this is the chance to take on 10k of winding rocky paths, mud tracks and steep hills that offer great views of the Thames Estuary and an awesome sense of achievement at the finish. 

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The route starts from within the centre of the forest tracks. With muddy tracks and steep hill climbs this course will offer a challenge, but with the amazing views across the Durham Dales the thigh-burn will be worth it!

The course will be a mixture of muddy paths and stone tracks as well as a couple of dips to wet your feet through the ford.

Please note this is an initial course description and the route may change before the event. More information and a route map will be added closer to the event. 


You must be aged 16 or over on the day of the event to take part. Persons aged 16 or 17 must take part with either a parent, guardian or, if having obtained their parent or legal guardian’s permission, another registered participant aged 18 or over.

Please see the Tough 10 Event Rules for more details

  • A fully signed and marshalled route
  • Chip timing
  • Free parking
  • First aid response across the whole course
  • Training guidance and pre-event support
  • Fundraising support
  • Free bag-drop
  • Water station and water and electrolyte tablets at the end
  • Medal for every participant

Will there be a bag drop?

Yes. There will be a free of charge bag drop in the event area, however we cannot take responsibility for any belongings – please do not bring valuables with you.

Will there be water available?

Yes. There will be one water station on the course and a bottle of water for each participant at the finish line. 

What is available for spectators?

There will be refreshment stands where spectators can purchase food and drink.
Access to mobile phone coverage is not possible across most of the forest. You should plan your visit accordingly. 

Are there toilets?

Yes, there will be toilets at the venue.

Are dogs allowed?  

Dogs are allowed on the event site, but not with a participant within the event.  They are welcome into the forest if spectators would like to bring them. 

Is the spectator area wheelchair accessible/suitable for pushchairs?

Due to the nature and terrain of the course it is not suitable for wheelchair access or pushchairs. Please note the main event area and also the event car parks are all on grass.

Are there shower facilities?

There are no shower facilities at the event so we suggest bringing a change of clothes with you. 

The race will be chip timed using ResultsBase.

The timing chip is a blue loop that attaches to one of your trainers and will be sent out to all entrants before the event. 

Hamsterley Forest sits wedged between Teesdale and Weardale in the heart of the beautiful Durham Dales, approximately 10 miles west of Bishop Auckland.

By Car
The forest is signposted off the A68, north of West Auckland. 

Parking Charge
Please note, ALL vehicles are charged to access the forest and it’s facilities, the cost will be £6 per car, so if participating with friends we encourage you to car share. The entry fee allows access to the forest and the facilities for the entire day (a short stay option of £1.50 for one hour is also available). Season ticket passes will be valid for this event.
Visiting groups are required to pay for parking at the rate of £12 per minibus and £18 per coach.

The forest operates a 'pay and display' system. Tickets can be bought at the car park machines using coins. If you require change, you can purchase a ticket from the information point or cafe. 

By Public Transport
The forest is not served directly by public transport services. The nearest town on a bus route is Wolsingham, five miles north of the forest entrance.

The race will start at 11am. 

Please arrive 30 minutes before the start. You will need your running number that will be sent to you in the post prior to your event.
Before the race starts there will be a short warm up and safety briefing.

The route at Hamsterley Forest is a mixture of uneven paths, rocky and gravel tracks, grass areas, some tarmac roads and a couple of fords to cross. Strong, supportive running shoes are essential.  Trail shoes with spikes may find the rocks and gravel tricky to grip on to.

Please make sure you bring spare layers and dress appropriately for the conditions.

Fancy a different challenge?

We have a variety of Tough 10 events available, including Tough, Tougher and Toughest challenges in spectacular locations across the country.

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