The Race Organiser : Essex Cross Country 10K Series
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Essex Cross Country 10K Series

Online entry for the 11 September event has now closed. Entry on the day will be available, subject to a £5 surcharge. Payment will be accepted by card only.


Taking place in 5 spectacular country parks across Essex, these races offer an opportunity to get away from the road and experience trail running in the summer.


With monthly events between April and September, take your pick from events at Hylands Park, Belhus Woods Country Park, Thorndon Country Park, Hadleigh Park or Weald Country Park and race one, more, or all five to qualify for our series Grand Prix.


These are one of our favourite sets of events - loved by all types of runner - but places are limited so book early to avoid disappointment!



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Further details will be communicated by email in the week leading up to each event.


Entry on the Day will not be available at these events.


These events will not be Licensed.


All of our events are organised following government and governing body COVID-19 guidance. We will continue to ensure that we deliver safe and enjoyable events.

Event Details


The Routes are generally undulating, on grass and trail paths, and consist of laps within the respective parks, sometimes including an out-and-back section. These events are suitable for runners of all abilities, but extra care is recommended due to the nature of the terrain.


Bib Numbers will only be available for collection at each event, participants should not expect to receive anything by mail.

To be fastened to the front of your top using safety pins provided, your number should remain visible at all times. A timing chip is attached to the back of the bib and should not be removed.


Results will be uploaded live to our website (internet connection permitting) and communicated to all pre-registered participants within 24 hours of each event.


All finishers will receive a Medal on completing their event and, subject to a competitive field of participants, Prizes will be awarded to the top three places overall - and the top place in each of the veteran categories (V40/V50/V60/V70) - for both females and males. Winners will be notified by email by the end of the following week.


Series Entry/Qualification


In order to satisfy Eligibility requirements for the series Grand Prix, participants must finish at least 4 of the 5 available series races, all of which will then be used to calculate final positions (determined with respect to the highest cumulative score).


Cumulative Scores will be calculated by automatically matching a participant’s Name, Gender and Date of Birth, and allocating points with respect to their final position at each event. It is the responsibility of each participant to ensure the details they provide during registration are consistent for all events throughout the series and notify our timing service provider as soon as possible where a discrepancy is identified.


Participants will be allocated Points as follows; 50pts for 1st, 49pts for 2nd, 2pts for 49th and 1pt for 50th+ for each individual event.


Categories will be determined using a participant's age on the 31st December of the calendar year in which the first event of the series takes place.


Prizes will be awarded to the top three places overall, and the top place in each of the veteran categories (V40/V50/V60/V70) for both females and males. Winners will be notified by email within two weeks of the final event where a presentation is not possible on the day.


In the event of a Tie-Break, the higher position will be awarded to the participant that has attended more events, then by age category (oldest first).


Marshals will be present on the course throughout each event.


Course Markings, including arrows, tape and distance markers, will be visible on the courses where necessary.


Pacers will not be offered at these events.




Photography will be provided at these events, a link to which will be available on our website and communicated to all pre-registered participants within 24 hours of each event.


Suitable Medical Cover is provided at our events in case of a medical emergency. Participants must provide, during registration, details of any pre-existing medical conditions, disabilities, medication or allergies that may be relevant in the administration of any medical assistance. Participants should also provide the same information on the reverse of their bib number (where applicable) prior to starting their event, marking a large, red X (or other contrasting colour, using the pens provided at registration) to the front of their number to alert the medical provider to any such information.


Bag Drop will be available at these events. Whilst we recommend bringing as little as possible, participants can leave essential belongings with us while they run using the tear-off baggage strip on their bib. They can then present their number after the event to retrieve their item(s).


Water Stations will be available on these courses at the lap points - or where the route repeats a loop - no farther than halfway through each event.


Toilets and sanitisation stations will be available around the start & finish area for use throughout these events; with toilets available on the Thorndon course only (subject to park facilities being open). Whilst unavailable at Hadleigh, toilets are also accessible on the other courses, a short distance from the start/finish area on each lap.


Refreshments are expected be available throughout these events (excluding Thorndon) subject to park facilities being open.


There are no dedicated Changing Rooms/Showers at these events.


Lost Property from an event will be kept for one month. If unclaimed, or ownership cannot be determined, lost property items will be donated to charity.


Other Information


These events are not suitable for Buggies, Pushchairs, Strollers or similar due to the nature of the terrain.


As part of our ongoing COVID response, to ensure the opportunities for social distancing are maximised, Spectators are strongly discouraged at these events.


Participants must not be accompanied by a personally owned or controlled Dog during an event. Entries may be accepted from participants with medical assistance dogs, subject to them being correctly registered and identifiable as such, and subject to prior approval by the Event Director.


These events are not suitable for Wheelchair Users due to the nature of the terrain.


Noise-cancelling Earphones/Headphones are prohibited and, whilst we discourage the use of other earphones/headphones for those competing in running events, participants choosing to use them should ensure they are set to a low enough volume that instructions from marshals and/or other event officials can be clearly understood. We reserve the right to disqualify participants who cannot hear instructions as a result of their use.


Since these events take place at a venue open to the public, participants should remain vigilant of each other, spectators, marshals, cyclists, dogs and other users of public footpaths and rights of way at all times.


With respect to a Time-Limit for these events, in order that we adhere to the restrictions imposed by the venue hire agreements, it may be necessary for us to begin deconstruction of the courses and/or start/finish area at approximately 12:30 to facilitate our departure from the premises by the agreed times. If participants are unable to complete their event by this time, they may be asked to end their participation early.




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For details on planning your journey and available parking facilities, please visit the park websites. Further details will be provided in tthe pre-event communication.

Hylands Park, Greenbury Way, CHELMSFORD. CM2 8FS

Belhus Woods Country Park, Romford Road, Aveley, SOUTH OCKENDON. RM15 4XJ

Thorndon Country Park, The Avenue, BRENTWOOD. CM13 3RZ

Hadleigh Country Park, Chapel Lane, BENFLEET. SS7 2PP

Weald Country Park, Weald Road, South Weald, BRENTWOOD. CM14 5QS