The Houghton Trail Event

Information for Entrants

The trail event takes place Sunday 5 May 2019 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 race numbers for the entrants you registered online. (Note: as of 2019, registration is online only. There is no more on-the-day or postal registration.)

There have been several significant changes made for 2019.

Address

Houghton Village Hall
Stevens Drove
Houghton
Hampshire, SO20 6LP

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Driving directions to Houghton

Changes To The 2019 Trail Event

We would like to tell you about several changes for the 2019 event that were made in order that we can continue to evolve the event and host it to a high standard in the coming years:

  • Online registration only - as of 2019, registration will only be available online. There is no more on-the-day or postal registration. Paper-based registration is time intensive to administer and finding experienced volunteers who can support this year after year is challenging. Given that two thirds of entrants immediately switched to online registration when it first became available, we feel that this method has been successful enough to adopt permanently. If encountering difficulties whilst registering online, please do get in touch.
  • Canicross 11k - a new canicross 11k race was introduced that will start separately to the main 11k run and follow the same route. The number of canicross entrants has increased in the last few years. By providing an option to start separately, canicross runners will be able to get off at a fast pace and not need to start at the back. For those who prefer to participate with their canine friend in the regular 11k/4k instead of the canicross 11k, we would simply ask that they start at the back of the pack.
  • 5k Cycle Ride cancelled - sadly we had to stop supporting this route due to low uptake and a limit to the number of different routes that can be supported on the day. Thank you to all who participated in the 5k ride in the past.

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 07494 375129 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 is 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 and Entries on the Day (Cancelled)

From now on registration can only be done online via the website. Due to limited time availability of event volunteers we can no longer support registration on the day or postal entry support.

Start Times

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

14k / 32k Cycle Ride

Starts around 10:15am.
Route markers: red on white.

11k Canicross Run

Starts around 10.30am.
Route markers: black on yellow.
Drink stations at roughly 5.5km and 9.5km.

11k Trail Run

Starts around 10.45am.
Route markers: black on yellow.
Drink stations at roughly 5.5km and 9.5km.

4K Fun Run

Starts around 10.50am.
Route markers: red on green.

At the Finish

There are separate funnels for cyclists, runners / walkers 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 ask everyone taking part in the event with their dog that they keep their dog on a lead during the event. This applies to all the routes. For those taking part with a canine friend who did not enter the canicross 11k that they 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.