On Sunday 17 April 2016
Hi and welcome to the Houghton Trail, a cross country fun run and cycle event that takes place each April in Houghton Hampshire. The event has been going for over twelve years and we often see more than 300 people turning up on the day.
This is a low-key village gathering and although rated as non-competitive there are those who understandably like to cross the line first! We hand out medals to finishers but there are no placement awards. Local businesses provide spot prizes which are always very welcome. We like to make it as enjoyable for competitors as we can and welcome your ratings and feedback.
There are five running and cycling routes to choose from that are all mainly off-road. Water is handed out at the start and finish with drink stations at 5Km and 9Km along the 11K run. The routes are not suitable for wheelchairs or pushchairs.
The 11K Trail Run - mainly off-road with pretty good terrain and only a couple of areas where it gets a bit rutted. This run is in a beautiful setting with a stunning section of bluebells around 6Km. Being a little longer than the standard 10K run, this attracts middle and long distance runners as well as fun runners and walkers. The run joins the Test Way around 8/9Km and The Clarendon Way at around 10Km.
The 14K/32K Mountain Bike Ride - follows a separate route and also boasts stunning scenery, with one or two steep hills. The cyclists go off before the runners and take a different course so there is no clashing! Walkers start behind the runners.
The 5K Off Road Cycle - ideal for children as there are no roads at all. Please note that this route does contain some rough terrain. There are marshals to guide the cyclists from start to finish. The ride starts with a gradual incline followed by a gentle downhill sweep before turning left onto the Clarendon Way which is then undulating to a flat finish.
The 4K Fun Run is all off-road and flat with one style to leap over. Perfect for children too.
Guides and Maps
Parking, Refreshments & Facilities
There are facilities for on site changing / WC and parking nearby. There are two toilets in the village hall for the ladies and three outdoor portable lavatories for the gents (plus plenty of bushes along the route!).
Refreshments are provided both inside the village hall and outside (if the weather is fair). Tea, coffee, home made cakes are all reasonably priced. All proceeds from the sale of refreshments and cake raffle also go to the Church.