Location: Manor House Grounds, Gallows Hill Lane, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, WD5 0AP Date: Sunday 3rd October 2021 Time: 10:30
The Abbots Langley Tough Ten – Can you handle it?
A long-time favourite race, the Tough Ten returns in 2021 for its 39th year. A real family event that appeals to runners of all ages and abilities, the event features a 10k, 5k, 3k and 1k – so there really is a race for everybody.
The event attracts great support from the community by testing runners on scenic and accurately measured courses.
The Abbots Langley Tough Ten is registered Charity (No. 1163519), raising funds to help local clubs and charities continue with their good work, to assist schools with special projects and individual beneficiaries to improve their quality of life. It is an annual community event which attracts a wide range of runners – from the seriously competitive to those looking to complete their first race.
About the Event:
Race start times
Each race will start promptly at the following times:
10K - 10.30 am
5K - 10.00 am
3K - 10.00 am
1K - 9.30 am
The 10K and 5k courses are accurately measured and take you along quiet lanes in and around the pretty villages of Abbots Langley, Bedmond, and Kings Langley.
Although the start is on grass, the rest of the routes are on tarmac roads and so we’d recommend road shoes. The routes are genuinely undulating with no significant hills – and the races are suitable for buggies and wheelchairs.
There will be chip timing for the 10K, 5K, and 3K races. The 1k is an untimed fun run for youngsters.
This event is fully licenced by UK Athletics and held under their rules.
The race is suitable for experienced runners and beginners alike. The minimum ages on race day are 15 years for the 10k, 11 years for the 5k, 9 years for the 3k and no age limits for the 1k.
Race Number Information
Race numbers for the event will be posted to all runners approximately 10 days before race day. If you have entered within 10 days of the event your race number will be waiting for you to collect on the morning of the event from Race HQ at the Community Centre.
As the event is run under UK Athletics rules and takes place on open roads headphones are not permitted to be worn during the event. Bone conducting headphones however are currently permitted under UKA Rules.
All race finishers will receive a bespoke medal on completion of the race.
There are prizes in the 10k for the leading men, women, fastest under 18, leading vet categories and teams (four to score). There will be 5k trophies to the first three under 15.
Prize giving and presentation will be at approximately midday.
Nice Work are responsible for Chip Timing & Entry Management Services for the event.
The registration desk will be open from 8.00am at the Abbots Langley Community Centre. It will close approximately 10 minutes before the race start. The hall will be separated into each event. If you have received your race number in the post you are not required to register on the morning of the event.
Parking is available within the village. Please follow the signs to the designated car parks. If using on-street parking, please be courteous to local residents and do not block any driveways or park on grass verges. Please pay attention to parking charges that may well be in force.
Toilets will be located at the Community Centre and the Cricket Pavilion. Please note that there are no toilets on the route.
Baggage Drop Off
The Baggage drop off will be located in the Community Centre and will be open from 8.00 am.
Hot / cold drinks and snacks including bacon sandwiches will be available in the Cricket Pavilion and Community Centre.
Changing and Shower Facilities
There are no changing rooms or showers at this event.
This accurately measured course is a challenging route through the villages of Langley, Bedmond and Kings Langley. The route is on 90% road with a short section at the start and finish taking place on grass. Therefore we recommend road shoes for this event.
Course Map and elevation profile
St John Ambulance or an alternative medical provider will be in attendance on the day and the course will be fully marshalled to provide assistance to participants. There will also be a sweep marshal following the race to ensure that nobody is left behind and that all runners are accounted for. Please complete the medical information on the rear of your race number.
As you cross the finish line please make sure you cross over the Chip Timing mat which will automatically record your official time against your race number.
Any runners wearing a bum bag around the course must be careful not to apply pressure to the timing chip on the reverse of your race number. This can cause a problem with the signals from the chip and may affect your race time. This also applies when starting/stopping your watch as you cross the line – please wait until you have crossed the mats before activating or deactivating your watch.
Signal Permitting- Live results will be available on www.nice-work.org.uk during the event and a full set will be posted online shortly after the event has finished. All athletes who provide us with a legible email address will also be emailed the final results on the next working day following the event. If you are missing from the results or need to report an issue, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Race HQ: Manor House Grounds, Gallows Hill Lane, Abbots Langley, Hertfordshire, WD5 0AP
The race headquarters will be at the Community Centre in Abbots Langley and will be clearly signposted upon arrival. The start/finish area will be on the Manor House Grounds just outside the HQ and signs will be clearly posted to direct you. There is ample free car parking available throughout Abbots Langley.
For details of how to get to Abbots Langley using public transport, please visit this page.
The Kings Langley railway station is around a mile from the race HQ.