date iconDate: 27 October 2018

clock iconTime: 10am

cost iconPrice: £20.00

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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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

Please note this is an initial course description as 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
  • Free bottle of water post event
  • 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 is a café on site serving a range of food and hot and cold drinks.

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 in the event site, 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 and hardstanding. The car park is mainly on hardstanding so any wheelchair/pushchair users can access the venue or get close to the event depending on 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 all entrants before the event.

 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 will be free for Tough 10 participants. When exiting the car park, please drive up to the barrier and it will automatically open. Please leave enough time to park as it will get busy.

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.

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 https://www.essex.gov.uk/Pages/Default.aspx

The race will start at 10am. 

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.

The route at Hadleigh Park is a mixture of gravel paths, rocky slopes and muddy fields. Strong, supportive running shoes are essential, we would recommend trail running shoes, particularly if it is wet. 
Please make sure you bring spare layers for the cold autumn weather 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.