The Houghton Trail Event

Thanks For Your Feedback

For many years the Houghton Trail Event has been receiving very favourable feedback on our Facebook Event Page and by email. Here are your comments from previous events.


“Absolutely loved every single moment! Thank you ever so much, we loved it!”

“Lovely route and friendly marshals. Thanks for a great event.”

“Thank you for an amazing day. Both dog and owner loved it.”

“Brilliant event thank you. So well organised.”

“Thank you one and all great event! Two years of Covid and no event made the teas and cakes so worth for waiting for xx.”

“Lovely!! Such a small friendly organised event, thank you for the scenery, tea and cake.”

“Thank you all, a wonderful event as always.”

“Great to be back with you again, thank you to all involved.”

“Beautiful trails and scenery. Thank you.”


“Thank you so much for a fantastic event today (32k ride). I am still amazed at just how well this event was marshalled - a credit to the village and something large participation events should learn from!! Oh yeah, the cake was pretty fab too!!”

“Great run today (11km) the best organised race I have done for a while! Definitely the most scenic! Really friendly Marshall's and the cake stall was great!! Thank you to all those involved in organising!”

“Our first Houghton Trail: beautiful route, great organisation and fabulous cake. Please thank all your wonderful volunteers, we will definitely be back.”

“Stunning course, excellent marshaling and course marking. Definitely one to enjoy again. Thank you!”

“Great event again it gets better each year. Thanks to all the Marshalls and helpers who make this happen each year.”

“Fabulous event again and the changes made for Canicross this year were excellent!! Nice work team!”


“A tremendous morning. A big thank you and hugs to all involved, especially the organisers and volunteers.”

“I would just like to say what a wonderful time we had at your event on Sunday. My husband ran the 11k and my daughter and I enjoyed cheering everybody on, eating cakes and playing on the swings. It was very well run and we really enjoyed our time. I'm sure it takes 15 years to make it such an excellent event.”

“Excellent day at the Houghton trail 11k, amazing running folk also, well done to all the mtb 32k riders. Loved the cake. the route was epic. Thank you to all those that made it happen. Beers tasted sweet yesterday after the event.”

“Great event, lovely route, fun and friendly atmosphere and the all important cheerful marshals. Definitely in the diary for next year!”

“2nd year I’ve done it and the scenery whilst running is so lovely. The marshals were great and as for the cake selection, top marks! Tea in a proper mug is so much nicer. The number pick up before was very organised too. Great event will be back next year - thank you.”

“A great family event. Will be back next year. Simple concept and really wellorganised. Thank you to all the lovely volunteers on the course. Well done.”


“Excellent event. One of my favourites.”

“A huge thanks to the organisers, stewards and everyone involved in staging yesterday's brilliant trail event, what a great way to spend a Sunday morning. Thank you.”

“I just wanted to write you a quick note to say how wonderful the fun run was today! The organisers really make that event what it is, so superb!! I heard so many people say how fabulous it was and how it's their favourite event of the year.”

“Thank you to everyone involved, the 11k was a lovely event and I will be back to do it again soon I hope.”

“Today eleven members of the Houghton family came and ran either the 4km or the 11km race in Houghton. One of us lives in Hampshire, the rest of use travelled from Devon, Wales and Northamptonshire to run! We had a wonderful time, and used it as an excuse as a family reunion and a lovely pub lunch afterwards. Thank you so much for organising a fabulous event ... we all had a great time, and we will all be back next year!”

“Thanks for the great event today, the trail is AWESOME.”


“Just want to say a big thank you for all your efforts at the weekend. A great event as usual and very well organised.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the event and will definitely return! Can't wait to see the photos - brilliant weather!! ”

“Another year, another fabulous event and what I like most it is the no pressure friendly atmosphere and the tea and cake at the end.”

“Thank you for a great trail run. It was great training for Southampton half marathon next weekend! Marshalls were excellent, thank you for your hard work. It was my first time at this event, and I hope to be back for it again next year.”

“I would just like to say a massive thank you to all those involved with today's event, from the signing in team to the Marshalls, cadets and beer tent. It was my first ever Houghton trail and I will most definitely coming back for as long as this event is being run. Great atmosphere all through the event so once again THANK YOU.”

“Lovely race, thanks, really enjoyed it! A super course around the Houghton countryside.”


“I entered the event yesterday for the first time and just wanted to say thank you for organising a really enjoyable morning with a great atmosphere.”

“Everyone was VERY appreciative of the orange segments and water and they also all seemed appreciative of the applause and personal touch of the medals.”

“Thank you so much to all the wonderful people from the village, and beyond, who supplied cakes for the Houghton Trail today. The support for the refreshment area has been amazing, and we are very grateful.”

“I thoroughly enjoyed the event and all being well will see you again next year.”

“Loved the 11km event yesterday and the weather was just perfect!”

“Fiona – today was BRILLIANT – well done to you and all the team.”


“Gem of a race. Highly recommended. Small and perfectly formed trail run. Hard to think of a more charming run. Maybe more like races were like before running became so popular. Anyway highly recommended. Absolutely hassle free with easy parking. Beautiful downland countryside. Some nice views along the way. River very pretty. Genuinely friendly and welcoming organisers. Thanks for a great morning.”

“Fun in the Sun. First time running 11k and certainly off-road. What a lovely way to spend a Sunday morning. The second hill was a bit of a killer but after getting up it, it was pretty flat after that. Amazing well organised and I’d definitely do it again. ”

“Josie and I travelled again from the Isle of Wight for this year’s event cos we so enjoyed it last year despite the mud ..or maybe because of it! This year was another great event, well-organised, well-marshalled and a lovely atmosphere. ”

“Thanks for a brilliant day out – a tremendous route, perfect conditions and first rate organisation and marshalling.”

“Thank you for a great event again and you got the weather right this year bring on 2014 thanks to all the marshals and helpers for making ithappen”


“Sadistically, I loved every minute of it! The weather just upped that feel good factor at the end! Well done for another superbly organised event! A great success all round! No idea what my time was, I carried my daughter on my shoulders for most of it, so just pleased to finish!”

“Had a great run despite the weather, exhilarating, made you feel glad to be alive. Thanking all you wet soggy marshalls who must have been perished! Look forward to the cakes again next year.”

“Well done – another fab event – despite the weather!!!! I am always amazed that the cyclists have the thought and energy to thank us marshals as they cycle past, if I was wet through and covered in mud I’m not sure I’d be so polite! It makes it all worthwhile!!!”

“The run was great fun – loved every minute of it…. Thank you.”

“It was great fun today, thank you for putting on this event. We will definitely be back next year! :-)”


“Just a quick Email to say what a fantastic time my husband and I had running the 11k today. What a beautiful part of the world and we took the opportunity several times to look at the views.”

“We wanted to thank yourself and everyone involved in the organisation of a great day.”

“I just wanted to thank you for organising such an enjoyable day today. It was the first time I have entered the Houghton 11k and it was a great experience. The weather was kind, the scenery fantastic and my friends and I had a lovely time. The organisation of the race was impressive and much better than some larger events. The volunteers were fantastic and please pass on my thanks to all of them. I would give you a score of 11 out of 10. Well done.”

“Just a quick mail to say thanks for a great Event again today. Looked like a lot more people attending which must be good !!”

“Thank you to you and your team for such an excellent event yesterday. My wife and 2 young sons also ran and all had an excellent time. It was a super way to start the Summer and well managed.”


“Would you please pass on my thanks to everybody involved in organizing, marshalling catering and anything else that the people of Houghton did to make the event such a joy. It is the highlight of my running calendar. Thank you”

“I mentioned earlier today how much we all enjoyed the event but forgot to ask you to thank your many helpers and marshals. It was so nice to have absolutely everyone so encouraging and helpful, it turns a good event into a great one.”

“I was delighted to read that the Houghton 11k was a Great Success, once again. Well done!”

“Great run yesterday. Good scenic course with lots of arrows and smiling marshals. Our club had six entries. Will try and bring more next year.”

“great, well organised event and will definitely be looking forward to taking part next year.”

“Well done on another successful event, everyone we spoke to really enjoyed the day.”


“I’d like to say how much I enjoyed today’s event. The course was physically challenging and visually rewarding, the organisation faultless and the marshals and helpers friendly and encouraging. Thank you for organizing the event. Would you please pass on my thanks to all who helped out on the course and in the finishing area. The slices of orange were a touch of genius. My best wishes for the success of the Church appeal and for the future. Wild horses wouldn’t keep me away next year!”

“Hello Fiona. I just wanted to thank you and your team for a good run today. It was very well organised, friendly and a decent route. Much better than running the London Marathon!”

“A lovely day out and a lovely race to accompany it.”

“Beautiful scenery, friendly atmosphere, well organised, thanks”

“I took part in today’s 11k trail run and just wanted to say what a fantastic event it was. The route was beautiful and the run impeccably planned, sign-posted and marshalled. Thanks to you and all the other volunteers for making it such a lovely event. Hopefully there will be another next year”

“Great cycle today. Thanks for another winner. Same time next year.”