This is a challenging but hugely enjoyable off-road 10k using part of the Olympic Mountain Bike Circuit, plus footpaths and trails set within the grounds of Hadleigh Castle, which proved a tough test for the Olympians in the summer of 2012. Due to the time of year, the course is likely to be muddy!
It is a two lap route and you can expect some tough inclines along with sections that use the grass fields and footpaths surrounding the park. There are also a couple of short sections with rocks and boulders, as used in the Olympic MTB races, to provide an extra challenge.
The course has been measured using GPS but, because of its multi terrain nature, it cannot carry a certificate of course accuracy. The route will be clearly marked using large route arrows and directional cones, as well as being marshalled throughout. The circuit is officially closed and, although we have secured special permission from Essex County Council to stage the run, there may be the occasional walker and dog walker, so you should exercise care when running.
St John Ambulance or an alternative medical provider will be in attendance on the day and the course will be marshalled to provide assistance. There will also be a sweep runner following the race to ensure that nobody is left behind and that all runners are accounted for.