Why take part in Tough 10?
Take on a Tough 10 run and raise money for life saving research 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.
- 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.
Hadleigh Park is situated in the town of Hadleigh in Essex. The event area is located next to the car park on 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
When to arrive
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.
What to wear
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.
The race will be chip timed using ResultsBase.
The event will be timed via the chip on the back of your running number. You don't need to do anything to activate this, it will automatically time you when you cross the start line
We’ve teamed up with Running With Us to bring you all your Tough 10 training needs.
Running With Us have created two 10k training plans which are designed to build on your current experience - whether you’re new to trail running, have tackled road 5k, 10k or even marathon events before or are just looking to push your level of fitness.
Raise money for life-saving research
Thanks to supporters like you, we have saved millions of lives through research into preventing, diagnosing and treating cancer. Every second counts, so it's critical that we raise as much as possible to continue this progress.
Together, we will beat cancer. If we get there a year quicker, we'll save 159,000 lives. If we get there a day quicker we'll save 430. If we get there just one hour quicker we'll save 18 lives.
Return your sponsorship
If you have already set up an online fundraising page, we will receive the money you raise automatically. If you have raised money using the sponsorship form in your pack, you can pay in the money you raised by phone using your debit/credit card – call us on 0300 123 1520 or send us a cheque made payable to “Cancer Research UK” to:
Cancer Research UK
PO Box 1561
If you are a UK taxpayer, the value of your donation can increase by at least 25% under the Gift Aid scheme – at no additional cost to you!
Whatever time you can join us at the event, there are so many ways you can help out on event day from setting up marquees and putting out flags and banners to handing out medals at the finish and cheering on participants as a marshal. We’re always on the lookout for volunteers with a proactive attitude and loads of enthusiasm to join the gang.