date iconDate: Saturday 16 April 2016

clock iconTime: Starts at 10am

cost iconPrice: £15 - SOLD OUT

tough icon Toughness Rating: Tough

venue iconVenue: Hadleigh Park, Essex

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. 

This event has closed for 2016, however use the link below to register your interest for the 2017 event and we'll let you know when entries open.

​Register interest for 2017

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Hadleigh Park was home to the 2012 Olympic mountain bike course. It has since been adapted to create a great running challenge too.

Here are some of the key statistics of the Tough 10 course:


  • Marked trail/path sections: 50%
  • Grass sections: 30%
  • Muddy/Wet/Boggy sections: 10%
  • Rocky sections: 10%


  • Total run elevation gain: 540ft
  • Total number of hill climbs in the route: 8

Longest hill: Sandpit Hill

  • Located at 8.5km into route
  • 75m length
  • 25% steepness gradient

This is just an initial course description as it may change before the event.

Check out the course on Google maps

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

Will there be a bag drop?

Yes. There will be a free of charge bag drop in the event area, however we can not 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 an area for your friends and family to wait for you. There is also a café serving hot and cold refreshments. The café will be open from 9am.

Are there toilets?

Yes, in the visitor centre.

Are dogs allowed?  

Dogs will be allowed in the park with spectators but not on the course.

Is the spectator area wheelchair accessible/suitable for pushchairs?

No, but the café is.

Are there shower facilities?

No, there will be no showers at the venue.

The race will be chip timed using ResultsBase. You can find your result in the table above.

Running numbers and timing chips (which all participants must have to start the race) will need to be collected from the registration marquee before the event – please arrive an hour prior to the start time to collect this. You will need to bring ID and your Tough 10 confirmation email with you.

The timing chip is a blue loop that attaches to your trainers. Here are some instructions on how to attach it on the day.

Hadleigh Park is situated in the town of Hadleigh in Essex. The event area is located next to the car park on Chapel Lane.


Hadleigh Park,
Chapel Lane,

For full information visit http://www.visitparks.co.uk/places/hadleigh-country-park/

How to get there by car

The venue is situated at the bottom of Chapel Lane which is off of the A13 (London Road), close to Morrisons supermarket.

There is a large 400 space car park at the venue with 12 disabled spaces. Parking charges apply. Please see the venue website for more information at http://hadleigh-park.co.uk/visit/parking/ 

How to get there by train

The closest train station to Hadleigh Park is Benfleet Station (on the London to Southend C2C train line).

Benfleet Station is located in the south western corner of the park allowing easy access to the bottom part of the park. However please note that the event area will be located at the top end of the park. View map for details.

For more information visit www.nationalrail.co.uk

How to get there by bus

The nearest bus stop is at the junction of Chapel Lane and London Road, close to Morrisons supermarket. This is a short walk away from Chapel Lane car park.

To plan your journey by bus visit the Essex County Council website.

The race will start at 10am. 

Please arrive an hour before so you can collect your running number and timing chip (which all participants must have to start the race) from the registration marquee before the event. (Note you will need ID and your Tough 10 confirmation email with you for this).

Before the race starts there will be a short warm up and safety briefing.

All participants should dress appropriately for the weather at the time of year, and bring a spare warm layer to put on after the event.

Proper road, trail or fell running shoes are advised as the tough terrain will require proper running trainers. Ensure your trainers are supportive, flexible, and have good traction and tread for trails.

Our events couldn't go ahead without the amazing support of our awesome volunteers. Right now, we are looking for the following roles for the Hadleigh Park Tough 10:

  • Event Day Volunteer - whatever time you can join us at the event, there are many ways you can help out in this role. You could set up marquees, put out flags and banners, get water to the start line or hand out medals at the finish. If you have a proactive attitude and loads of enthusiasm then we want to hear from you! 
  • Course Marshal Volunteer - inspire, cheer and motivate participants by covering one of the marshal points on the course. This crucial role ensures the event runs smoothly and participants feel motivated. This role is perfect for team players with great communication skills who can use their initiative if things crop up on the course.

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