The Houghton Trail Event

On Sunday 8 May 2022

Thank you to everyone who attended the 2022 event. Hope to see you at the next one!

Hi and welcome to the Houghton Trail, a cross country running and cycling event that has been taking place each Spring in Houghton Hampshire UK for over fifteen years.

All the proceeds raised by the event are donated to the Houghton All Saints Church, and the Houghton Village Hall. We regularly see over 300 people turning up on the day come rain or shine!

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 not placement awards. We like to make it as enjoyable for competitors as we can and welcome your feedback.

The Races

There are five races 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. Walkers start behind the runners.

The 11k Canicross Run - takes the same route as the regular 11k but is specifically for canicross runners wishing to get off at a quicker pace. The canicross runners start a few minutes before the other 11k runners and result times are displayed in a separate results page. Water is supplied for dogs at drink stations throughout the trail. Note: those who wish to run with their canine friend in the regular 11k may do so. We just ask that they start at the back.

The 14k Cycle Ride and 32k Cycle Ride - take a different route to the runners. These routes boast stunning scenery, with only one or two steep hills. The cyclists go off before the runners.

The 4k Fun Run - is all off-road and flat with one style to leap over. Perfect for children.

Information for Entrants

Please see our information page for more about registration, location and starting times etc.