The Houghton Trail Event

Information for Entrants

The event has now finished for 2019. Thanks to everyone who attended.

Please report to the registration desk from 9.00am onwards to collect race numbers for the entrants you registered. Note: registration is online only, there is no on-the-day or postal registration.


Houghton Village Hall
Stevens Drove
Hampshire, SO20 6LP

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Driving directions to Houghton


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

Please have an emergency contact number with you on race day to write on the back of your race number.

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.

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 portable toilets in the village hall car park (but no toilets in the hall).

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.