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The Holly Hustle

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Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere


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A fast fun packed forest trail run with some challenging uphills and rewarding downhills!

Starting in Meanwood, the Holly Hustle takes in some of the best trails that Leeds has to offer. A combination of beautiful Meanwood Park and the Hollies, famous for well-kept paths through extensive woodlands, with a vast collection of different species of flowers. Then onto the marvellous Meanwood Valley Trail, past the Seven Arches viaduct and Adel Crag. With the option of a quarter or two-lap half Marathon and free hot soup and crusty bread at the end there’s possibly no reason why this shouldn’t be on every fun-loving trail runners bucket list!

Review summary

8 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


"Good hard track. Enjoyed the terrain. No information on times of finish as yet...."


Rory G
"Not a problem personally as I could follow those ahead, but I believe the..."


Emily M
"Great race but need better markers - easy to get lost. And still haven't got..."
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How to enter the The Holly Hustle

  1. 22K

    Run 22km
    Event passed
  2. 11K

    Run 11km
    Event passed

The Holly Hustle routes

Terrain: Paths / Forest / Mud
Elevation: ~250M

Due to the nature of the course (narrow paths, technical sections) headphones are not recommended for this event. This course contains one small private road section (marshalled) and runners will be advised to stay on the pavement where possible.

Event Details

Raceday Logistics

Registration from 9:30 at Race HQ at THE BAY HORSE, Parkside Rd, Leeds LS6 4NB

Kit List

This course at this time of year is very likely to be a mud bath, the organisers would like to recommend all runners to wear appropriate footwear.

Frequently Asked Questions

What distances are available at The Holly Hustle
The Holly Hustle offers an 11km trail run and a 22km trail run.
What are conditions likely to be like on the day?
The race is likely to be extremely muddy, so runners are recommended to dress appropriately.
At what time does the Holly Hustle start?
The races begin at 11AM
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The Holly Hustle weather forecast

Overcast throughout the day.

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Meet the organizer

Great Owl Running is a new events company promoting trail racing in Leeds, Yorkshire and a Youtube Channel dedicated to promoting, documenting and celebrating trail running in all it’s forms.

The Holly Hustle reviews (8)

4 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere

Reasons people recommend this event

Stunning scenery

Friendly atmosphere


  • K


    Did the 22K in 2019

    Good hard track. Enjoyed the terrain. No information on times of finish as yet.
    Emails before with info were great and I was kept well informed
  • R

    Rory G

    Did the 11K in 2019

    Not a problem personally as I could follow those ahead, but I believe the leaders in my race got lost on the course, so further marking and marshaling could be considered for next year (which I am certainly hoping to partake in)
  • E

    Emily M

    Did the 11K in 2019

    Great race but need better markers - easy to get lost. And still haven't got our times! Loved the course and soup and roll at the end. Medal would be nice!
  • P

    Penny B

    Did the 22K in 2019

    A great race - challenging but runnable course with a nice sting in the tail! Really grateful to the marshals standing in the cold and the soup was a great reward at the end!
  • L

    Louise T

    Did the 11K in 2019

    This event was great, but the route was poorly marked in some places, there should have been more marshals. When me and my friend attended to a injured runner the nearby marshal had no first aid kit or space blanket and we relied on a passing walker who was a first responder. With a route of this kind, which was very muddy and therefore slippery, there should be first aid kits available and a clear plan for when someone is injured. Having said that, I’ll definitely be back next year
  • A

    Andrew s

    Did the 11K in 2019

    Course Could have been better signed.

    Route was great, soup was nice. Good group running, would definitely want to do again.

  • A


    Did the 11K in 2019

    Fantastic race, good value.
    The course markers weren’t very big tho so you do need to take care where you’re going.
  • J

    John B

    Did the 11K in 2019

    Good course.
    Too few marshals and poor route marking. Route markers were very hard to see against autumn leaves, little bits of tape on the end of bbq skewers.