The Houghton Trail Event

Information for Entrants

The trail event takes place Sunday 23 April 2017 and located at the Houghton Village Hall, where the event starts and finishes.

Please report to the registration desk from 9.00am onwards to collect your race numbers or to register on the day.

Address

Houghton Village Hall
Stevens Drove
Houghton
Hampshire, SO20 6LP

Driving directions to Houghton

Map of Houghton

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Parking

There is parking at designated areas in the village not far from the start. These car parks are signposted as you enter the village. Please try to be parked by 10.00am if you can.

Trail HQ Number

Consider adding 07814 094029 to your phone contacts and call us if you require urgent assistance whilst out on the course. Course marshals will be carrying phones too.

Safety First

smile icon Attention Cyclists! The routes are mainly off road so for the most part you can relax but we require cyclists participating in the event to wear a cycle helmet at all times during the ride. This a mandatory safety requirement stipulated in our insurance policy.

The marshals are there to direct you, not the traffic. The event is not policed so be on the lookout for traffic as you would on a normal training run/cycle. There are a couple of sections where you will cross over and/or travel along tarmac highway. There will be clear caution signs erected but we urge you to keep your eyes and ears firmly peeled for traffic which will have the right of way.

Postal Entries

You will have received an email with confirmation of your running or cycling number. Please collect your number from the desk marked Postal Entries before 10.00 am on the day.

Entries on the Day

Entry forms are available in the hall. Each table accepts multiple event entries to avoid queuing more than once when members of your party are entering different events.

Start Times

The event starts at 10.15am with approximate start times for each particular run and cycle ride below:

14k / 32k Cycle Ride

The first to go at 10:15am. Routes are marked with red arrows on white background.

5K Cycle Ride

Starts approx 10:25am, after previous cyclists have gone off. Route is marked with black arrows on green.

11k Run

Starts around 10.30am. There are drink stations at roughly 5.5km and 9.5km. Route is marked with black on yellow arrows.

4K Fun Run

Starts after all the others. Route is marked with red arrows on green.

At the Finish

There are separate funnels for cyclists, runners / walkers in all five events on the village hall green.

There will be a marshal at the finish area to guide you but if you can, take a couple of minutes to familiarise yourself with the finish area before the event takes off.

All finishers receive a medal. Results and photos are usually posted on the website within 24 hours after the event. If you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact Fiona.

Important: if you do not finish the course please inform the organisers. Part of our safety measures involves ruling anyone out as missing.

Refreshments and Facilities

Freshly home-baked cakes, sandwiches, tea/coffee and fruit juice will be available in the village hall. There are toilets inside the village hall and additional toilets in the village hall car park.

Route Precision

The courses are not measured with a Jones counter and therefore the placing of all the kilometre markers is very approximate!

Dogs on Leads

We are often asked if dogs can take part with their owners and our answer is yes, but we ask that they are kept on a lead during the event and that runner and dog start at the back of the pack.

And Finally

We look forward to seeing you! Dont forget to bring a couple of bob for the refreshments and of course for the Celebration Cake Raffle contributed by our local bespoke cake decorator cake.