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The Hadleigh 2012 Legacy 10k

Location: Hadleigh Country Park, Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex SS7 2PP
Date: Friday 31st December 2021
Time: 10:00

Let's Do This 10k Run South Awards Badge for Nice Work
Following the cancelation of the Hadleigh 10k in 2021, the race will hopefully return in January 2022.

Once we have permission to stage the event from the local council and confirmation of a race date from Castle Point Joggers, we will add further details to this page and open up entries.

Look out for announcements on our social media pages.

The details below are from the prposed 2021 Hadleigh and will be amended and updated in due course.


This race will have new Covid safety measures in place and therefore please note the changes below.

Start line opens – 8.30 am
Start line closes – 10.30 am
We are delighted to announce that the award winning Hadleigh 2012 Legacy 10k returns for a ninth year on Sunday 24th January 2021, under the new Covid-Safe Guidelines.


This popular event offers an exclusive opportunity to test your stamina and endurance at one of the iconic venues from London 2012 - the Mountain Bike Circuit used in both the men's and women's MTB Olympic races. The race offers the unique chance to run this challenging course, but expect hills, more hills, mud and more mud!

This race organised on behalf of Castle Point Joggers by Nice Work. The self-contained course is the ideal venue for a Covid-safe event. All finishers will receive a bespoke medal and trophies for the leading runners and age category winners.  


Covid–Safety Measures
We have successfully developed a number of new procedures which are designed to ensure our races will be Covid-secure and ensure the safety of our runners, staff and the general public.
The first change you will notice is the start time. Rather than a single start time for all runners, we are operating a pre-booking system with start times available in 3-minute slots, beginning at 8.30am through to 10.30am.  A maximum of twelve people will be able to begin the race in each slot – and each of those people will be allocated a place on the start line according to their anticipated finish time, with the fastest runner lining up on the front of the start line.
If you are showing any symptoms of Covid-19 as outlined by the NHS or have been unwell in the last 14 days please do not travel to the event and email us and we can let you know deferral options available.
    Current NHS advice on coronavirus/Covid-19 can be found here  https://www.nhs.uk/conditions/coronavirus-Covid-19/  
Entering the event
If you have entered the race in good time, your race number will be sent to you in the post.

If you have entered the race close to the race date, you will need to collect your race number on the morning of the event. If you proceed to the registration table, a race official will write down your name and advise you of your race number – and you will be asked to sanitise your hands and, if you wish, put on gloves, before collecting your number from a storage box on the desk. Please remember to social distance from the race official and anybody else who is collecting a number. A race official will manage any queues to ensure everybody remains socially distanced.

Please note that you will not be able to enter on the day due to the new guidelines. Entries are available online until midnight the night before the event.  

Race numbers must be worn on the front of your shirt and not on your legs or back. If you do so you may not receive an accurate time. Make sure you do not damage the chip. Please make sure you complete the medical information on the reverse of your number. Remember race numbers are non-transferable. This is particularly imperative at this time as it is now more important than ever that we know who is taking part in the event.

Please note the following changes for the event and please read the codes of conduct below.
1.       As mentioned previously, the first change you will notice is the start time. Rather than a single start time for all runners, we are operating a pre-booking system with start times available in 3-minute slots, beginning at 8.30am and remaining available until the final slot at 10.30am. A maximum of twelve people will be able to begin the race in each slot – and each of those people will be allocated a place on the start line according to their anticipated finish time, with the fastest runner lining up on the front of the start line.
2.       Please arrive ready to run. There are no changing facilities and no facilities for left baggage – this is in line with UKA Guidelines. 
3.       A sterile area will be in force around the start line with strictly no access to anybody other than participants and race officials. Once you enter this area you will not be able to leave until your race begins. NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED WITHIN THIS STERILE AREA.
4.       Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, water, in sealed bottles, will be available at the finish and you will be required to collect it yourself from an unmanned water table – hand sanitiser and gloves will be available for you to use. There will not be water stations on the course. Please consider bringing your own water with you, you will be able to fill up your own bottle at the water stations.  
5.       Again, in line with UKA Guidelines, no results, race prizes or awards will be available on the day. Results will be uploaded immediately to our website and emailed to participants on Monday 25th January. Race medals will be located at the finish line. Race winners and age group winners will receive a memento in the post after the event.
6.       There will be toilet facilities at the venue and these will be sanitised regularly. Please play your part by washing your hands thoroughly and using hand sanitiser before and after use.  
7.       Hand sanitiser will be available – please use it regularly.
8.       You must maintain social distancing at all times – before, during and after the race. When overtaking another runner please be mindful of the space available. Please be aware that there will be other visitors at Betteshanger on that day so please maintain your own social distance.
9.       Spectators are not encouraged to attend – but if they must do so, they should not congregate around the race start or finish areas.
10.   Once you finish your race please continue to walk through the finish funnel and return direct to your vehicle – do not wait for friends or family.
11.   Please read the Participants and Spectators Code of Conduct. Please observe the ‘Rule of 6’ and do not gather in large groups to discuss the race or take team photos.

  • Toilets
  • Changing Facilities
  • Showers
  • Baggage Drop Off
  • Refreshments
  • On Site Parking - please note that your entry fee covers the parking for the event would normally cost £1 per hour.
The Course
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.

First Aid
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. 
Your individual time and position will be recorded by your electronic chip. We will endeavour to display results as they come into the race centre. Results will be uploaded to www.nice-work.org.uk as soon as possible after the race. All entrants that have supplied a valid and legible email address will receive a copy of the results as soon as possible after the race.
Race HQ: Hadleigh Country Park, Chapel Lane, Hadleigh, Essex SS7 2PP

The race is held at Hadleigh Country Park and starts close to the mountain bike circuit, a short walk from the car park.

The park is easily accessible by foot via Chapel Lane. It is a short walk from London Road to the Race HQ.

For those who wish to drive to the event, there is parking available on site. Please follow the signs to direct you and follow the marshal’s instructions. The car park is a short walk from the Race HQ, but if you need to be closer to the Race HQ for disability reasons, please email us and we will be able to direct you where to go.

The closest railway station to the event is Benfleet, but you may need to get a taxi to the Race HQ. It is a 2.5 mile walk from the station to the Race HQ.

UKA Licence Number


Course record holders

  • 2017- Chris Halton - 39.43
  • 2017- Jackie Stretton - 46.47


"I knew it would be tough and it didn't disappoint. Superb location - the views would have been admirable if only you could take your eyes off where you were putting your feet! Great support and a special mention for the marshalls - conditions for them were atrocious yet they remained enthusiastic and encouraging throughout the race. Good tip in the race instructions to bring a flask of hot drink for afterwards - I wouldn't have thought of it myself and it really did the trick. Really nice medal for finishers and a Jaffa Cake (yay!)"

- The Hadleigh 2012 Legacy 10k Run