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tough icon Toughness Rating: Tougher

venue iconVenue: Hamsterley Forest, DL13 3NL

Take on a Tough 10 run over the woodland paths and mountain bike trails in Hamsterley Forest, nestled in the Durham Dales.

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.

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 on the course and water and electrolyte tablets at the end
  • Medal for every participant
  • We've teamed up with Get Event Fit to bring Tough 10 participants an exclusive free training and nutrition app to help you conquer your event. You can download the app here: http://fundraisers.geteventfit.com/tough10

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 so please plan your day accordingly. 

Are there toilets?

Yes, there will be toilets at the venue.

Are there shower facilities?

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

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.

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.

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

Hamsterley Forest sits wedged between Teesdale and Weardale in the heart of beautiful Durham Dales, approximately 10 miles (16 km) 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.

The forest operates a 'pay and display' system. Tickets can be bought at 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 45 minutes before the start, as there is a 5-10minute drive, within the Forest, to reach the start point of the event. 

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 however any trail shoes with spikes may find the rocks and gravel really tricky to grip on to.

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

Event Day Volunteer

Whatever time you can join us at the event, there are so many ways you can help out on event day, whether you’re setting up marquees and putting out flags and banners or getting water to the start line and handing out medals at the finish. We’re on the lookout for volunteers with a proactive attitude and loads of enthusiasm to join the gang.  

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 when dealing with anything that may occur on the course.

Sign up to volunteer

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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