CPJ's very own 10k race was voted number 1 in the South of England by 'Let Do This & Runners World.
This popular event offers an exclusive opportunity to test your stamina and endurance at one of the iconic venues from London 2012 - the Mountain Bike Circuit used in both the men's and women's MTB Olympic races. The race offers a unique chance to run this challenging course set within the grounds of Hadleigh Castle, which proved a tough test for the Olympians in the summer of 2012. Due to the time of year, the course is likely to be muddy!
It is a two lap route and you can expect some tough inclines along with sections that use the grass fields and footpaths surrounding the park. There are also a couple of short sections with rocks and boulders, as used in the Olympic MTB races, to provide an extra challenge.
The course has been measured using GPS but, because of its multi terrain nature, it cannot carry a certificate of course accuracy. The route will be clearly marked using large route arrows and directional cones, as well as being marshalled throughout. The circuit is officially closed and, although we have secured special permission from Essex County Council to stage the run, there may be the occasional walker and dog walker, so you should exercise care when running.
St John Ambulance or an alternative medical provider will be in attendance on the day and the course will be marshalled to provide assistance. There will also be a sweep runner following the race to ensure that nobody is left behind and that all runners are accounted for.
"I knew it would be tough and it didn't disappoint. Superb location - the views would have been admirable if only you could take your eyes off where you were putting your feet! Great support and a special mention for the marshalls - conditions for them were atrocious yet they remained enthusiastic and encouraging throughout the race. Good tip in the race instructions to bring a flask of hot drink for afterwards - I wouldn't have thought of it myself and it really did the trick. Really nice medal for finishers and a Jaffa Cake (yay!)"
Check out our race video here
This race is in partnership with Essex County Council and organised on behalf of Castle Point Joggers by Nice Work.