date iconDate:  10 November 2018 

clock iconTime: 10am

cost iconPrice: £20.00

toughest icon Toughness Rating: Tough

venue iconVenue: Heaton Park, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 0BW

Take on Tough 10 in the largest urban park in Europe and enjoy views of Manchester from the highest point in the city.

No obstacles – this is your chance to explore all corners of Heaton Park, testing you with muddy trails, steep inclines and slippery declines set over 640 acres.

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The route starts in the centre of the park and takes you straight uphill towards the highest point, The Temple. You'll have a brief moment to recharge and enjoy panoramic views of Manchester as you head back downhill, before entering Hazlitt Wood. 

This is where the terrain gets rough and slippery. Make sure you keep your footing as you take on the woodland paths and cross the narrow stream bridges.

Taking in sights such as the Grade I listed Heaton Hall & Orangery, as well as the Grand Lodge and Boating Lake, it’s no wonder this park is so popular with both runners and cyclists alike.

Here are some of the key statistics of the terrain:

• 40% marked paths
• 30% grass sections
• 30% woodland trails

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 route
  • 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 will be refreshment stands where spectators can purchase food and drink.

Are there toilets?

Yes, there will be toilets at the venue.

Are there showers?

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 but there are pathways alongside. The car park is hardstanding so any wheelchair/pushchair users can access the venue or get close to the event depending on the weather. There are also spectator viewing points that will be accessible to all.

The event is being held at Heaton Park, Prestwich, Manchester, M25 0BW.

By car
 Heaton Park is situated close to J17 and & J18 of the M60. From J18 follow signs towards Manchester then turn right up Sheepfoot Lane. From J17 please follow signs for Prestwich, then turn left up the A6044 (Scholes Lane). There are 3 car parks spread across the North and South sides of the park so there is plenty of parking available in the pay and display car park.

Drop Off Point
Participants can be dropped off in either the Lake Car Park or the North Car Park, both are a short walk to the event site.

Disabled Car Parking
There is designated disabled parking in all 3 car parks.

By public transport
A number of bus services stop at the park, including the 56, 59, 64, 64A, 135, 137, 138, 150, 151, 484, 495. There is also a Metrolink service from Bury and Manchester which stops at Heaton Park Metrolink Station. 

For full information on how to get there visit the Heaton Park website


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.

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

The route is a mixture of uneven paths, gravel tracks, and grass. Strong, supportive running shoes are essential.

The highest parts of the course are exposed and can be cold and windy. Please make sure you bring spare layers and dress appropriately for the weather conditions.

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.

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