date iconDate: Sunday 25 September 2016

clock iconTime: Starts at 10am

cost iconPrice: £20 - ENTRIES NOW CLOSED

toughest icon Toughness Rating: Toughest

venue iconVenue: Castleton, Peak District

Take on a Tough 10 run within the stunning Castleton area of the Peak District.

No obstacles - this is the chance to take on 10k of punishing climbs up uneven and muddy paths. The route takes tough to new heights and will reward you with spectacular views.

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 your interest for 2017

Chip timing

This stunning course set in the heart of the picturesque Peak District is one of the toughest of all the Tough 10 events.

Steep, never-ending hill climbs will get the heart pumping and thighs burning – we’ll be impressed if anyone makes it around this course without walking at least part of it.

Here are some of the key statistics of the terrain:


  • 30% grass
  • 50% trails and paths
  • 10% road
  • 10% mud

​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?  

Dogs will be allowed in spectator areas but not on the course.

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 venue is all on grass, so any wheelchair/pushchair users may prefer to watch from the roadsides depending upon the weather.

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.

The event area and start line is located at Hope Valley RUFC, Robinlands Lane off Hollowford Road, Castleton, S33 8WB.

How to get there by car

Please note there is strictly no parking at the venue - please do not attempt to drive down Hollowford Road to access the venue.

Follow signage and stewards on the day to the free Event Car Parking.

The Event Car Park is available at Hope Sports Club, 64 Castleton Road, Hope, Hope Valley, S33 6RD.

Please car share where possible. Free of charge shuttle buses will be in operation from the car park to near the venue, or you’re welcome to walk / jog the 1.6 miles to the start (approx. 20-25 minute walk) to warm up before the real challenge starts! Please ensure you allow ample time to get from the car park to the event venue.

Drop Off Point

Participants can be dropped off at Castleton Visitor Information Centre (Buxton Road, S33 8WN) which is a 10 minute walk to the event venue.

Disabled Car Parking

Disabled car parking is available by Hope Valley RUFC, Robinlands Lane off Hollowford Road, Castleton, S33 8WB. Please show your running number to the stewards where possible and inform them you are part of the event. Blue badge holders should follow stewards’ directions on the day.

Pay & Display Parking

A  limited amount of public pay and display car parking is available in the village of Castleton, including the Castleton Visitor Centre car park (Buxton Road, S33 8WN – approx. 10 minute walk to the event venue) and pay and display roadside parking along the A6187 - Cross Street (15-20 minute walk to event venue).

Castleton is a small Derbyshire village so please respect local residents by not parking on roadsides or obstructing access to houses and businesses. Failure to follow these instructions could jeopardise the future of the Tough 10 event for Cancer Research UK. 


How to get there by public transport

The nearest train station is Hope, 2.5 miles away. The number 272 bus runs from Hope train station along Castleton Road to Losehill Hall which is a 10-15 minute walk to the start venue.

Please check local train times and bus times before attempting this method of travel.

For train services to Hope station visit www.nationalrail.co.uk and for local bus services to the venue visit www.firstgroup.com/south-yorkshire.

The race will start at 10am. 

Please arrive 1 hour before the start to allow time to park and get to the event area.

Please remember to bring your running number, safety pins to secure it and your chip timer with you. If you haven't received your event pack in the post you will be able to pick up a spare running number and chip timer on the day.

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

This route covers a mix of marked paths, grass and some muddy and boggy areas. We advise trail or fell running shoes if you have them to give you more grip on the hills and muddy areas. While this is definitely not a course to be setting a personal best at, trail shoes will help you get a faster time.

The course goes over the top of several peaks. These areas can get cold and the weather change quickly - even in September. Please bring spare layers and dress appropriately for the conditions.

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.

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

  • 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