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Challenge yourself with this out and back half, 10k, or 5k fun run starting in Hitchin Priory. Perfect for those seeking a new challenge, the course is renowned for its hills and provides a stiff challenge for all runners. Come for the great atmosphere or for the scenic surroundings.

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2 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Ian M
"Third year and just as good as the first. Love the fact that the local..."


Antoinette Rendle
"Thanks enjoy the 10k very much I e</p><p></p><p></p><p>Enjoy the 10 k..."
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Hitchin Hard Half Marathon, 10K, 5K routes

Both the Half Marathon & 10K are renowned for the formidable challenge which they throw up. With an abundance of hills throughout, runners will be rewarded as they track along picturesque country side roads.

Additionally, there is a 5k fun run, which is naturally undulating and starts and finishes in the grounds of Hitchin Priory.

Event Details

What’s Included
  • Course marshalled
  • Aid stations
  • Distance marked
  • Chip timed
  • First aid onsite
  • Finisher's T-shirt (half & 10k)
  • Finisher's medal
  • Cash prize for winners
  • Pre & Post race massage
  • Bag drop
  • Toilets
  • free parking
  • Refreshments
  • Sweeper Bus
Raceday Logistics


8.15 am: Entry desk and left luggage available
9.00am: Event Opens - welcome
9.10am: Pre- race warm up half marathon
9.20/25am: Pre-race Safety Briefing all races
9.30am: Half Marathon starts
9.35am: race warmup 10K and 5K
9.45am: 10K race starts
9.50am: 5K Fun Run starts
10.00-10.15am: First 5K runner returns
10.20-10.25am: First 10K runner returns
10.45-10.55am: First Half marathon runners return
11.10am: Prize giving 10K
11.30am: Half Marathon Prize Giving
12.30pm: Last Half Marathon runner returns
12.45pm: Event ends - Clear up begins

Please arrive at least 45 minutes before the race is scheduled to begin to ensure there is sufficient time to complete the registration process.


Spectators are strongly encouraged to come along to the race and cheer the participants over the finish line. Afterwards, spectators can enjoy the beautiful priory grounds for themselves.

Frequently Asked Questions

What charity does the Hitchin Hard support?
This year, the event is supporting Hitchin Samaritans - the charity has been supporting people from all over North Hertfordshire since 1971. Events like the Hitchin Hard will enable the charity to continue its fantastic work.
What are the age limits for the Hitchin Hard?
Half Marathon: aged 17+ 10K: aged 15+ 5K Fun Run: aged 8+
Are there water stations at the Hitchin Hard?
Yes, there will be 5 water stations throughout the Half Marathon and 2 during the 10K.
When do I collect my race number for the Hitchin Hard?
All race numbers must be collected on the day and will not be posted out. Registration is open on Saturday 27th June at market place in Hitchin or, from 8:15am the morning of the race.

Hitchin Hard Half Marathon, 10K, 5K weather forecast

Rain until afternoon, starting again overnight.

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We revived Hitchin’s oldest road race in 2012 as part of the Olympics celebrations. It raises money for charity and helps us put something back into our community. It’s a great race with a measured course in beautiful countryside. The start and finish is completely car free in the grounds of Hitchin Priory which gives the morning a relaxed feel. Bacon sandwiches are available.



Hitchin Hard Half Marathon, 10K, 5K reviews (2)

5 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the Half Marathon in 2019

    Third year and just as good as the first. Love the fact that the local householders get involved all round the course. Well done
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    Antoinette Rendle

    Did the 10k in 2019

    Thanks enjoy the 10k very much I e

    Enjoy the 10 k very much
    I would like to do the half But it 3hhs time limt

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