date iconDate: Sunday 23 October 2016

clock iconTime: Starts at 10am

cost iconPrice: £20 ENTRIES NOW CLOSED

tough icon Toughness Rating: Tough

venue iconVenue: Epping Forest, London

Take on a Tough 10 run in London's largest open space, Epping Forest.

No obstacles - this is the chance to take on 10k of root-laden, uneven trails as you dart through the forest and countryside found in East London.

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Set within ancient woodland on the border of London and Essex, the Epping Forest course will challenge your stamina as well as your balance.

The 10k route takes in a single lap over uneven woodland trails, steep grassy hills, and large boggy areas.

Once you have completed several tough hill climbs, your next challenge will be to remain upright as you battle through the muddy woodland and around the winding forest paths – this is not a course for setting a personal best!

Here are some of the key statistics of the terrain:


45% woodland trails
30% marked paths
25% grass

​This is just an initial course description as it may change before 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
  • First aid response across the whole course
  • Training guidance and pre-event support
  • Fundraising support
  • Free bag-drop
  • Water station and energy gels on course; water and electrolyte tablets at the end
  • Medal for every participant
  • 20% discount at 2XU

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.

Are there toilets?

Yes, there will be toilets at the venue.

Are there shower facilities?


Are dogs allowed?


The meeting point for this event is off Bury Road, close to Chingford Station. Limited parking will be available at the venue, however we do advise using public transport if possible. 

By train

The nearest train station is Chingford Station which is around a 6-8 minute walk to the forest. Take a left up Bury Road before finding the event area up on the right.

By bus

Catch the 397 and get off at the Ranger’s Road stop then walk up Bury Road before finding the event area up on the right. The bus timetable can be found here.

The race will start at 10am. 

Please arrive 45 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.

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.

2XU discount!

2XU are offering 20% off full price purchases over £25 to all Tough 10 entrants. Full details available on sign up. Browse the collection on their website.

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 entrants the week before the event. 

 Here are some instructions on how to attach it on the day.

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

  • 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!  Find out more about this role
  • 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. Find out more about this role