13.1 miles multi-terrain
Doynton Village Hall, Toghill Lane, Bristol, BS30 5SY
The Doynton Hard Half Marathon is a hilariously hilly, marvelously muddy and totally tough cross-country running race of approximately half marathon distance. It will probably be quite cold (it's in January), the scenery is terrific and the terrain varies wildly. We at EGRC just love it!!
It mostly takes place on public footpaths, bridle paths, and country lanes thick with mud and other sticky things that occur naturally in the countryside. Through rivers swollen with winter rain and over hills with hellish climbs and wicked descents. In fields, forests, farm tracks and forgotten footpaths. Add in old bridges, a quarry, a churchyard, a secret glade (at least it was a secret until DHHM2016) topped off with some magnificent views and you’ll understand why we love our race.