The Huncote Hash
Dedicated to the memory of Brian Mackey
Sunday 31st December 2023

Back to basics, low cost, no prizes cross country race

The Huncote Hash has been running since the mid 1980s and is a ‘back to basics’ cross country race with low entry fees and no prizes.

The race covers approximately 10K and takes in local footpaths around the village of Huncote in Leicestershire, including a climb over Croft Hill and the odd skirmish into the stream. Snow, ice, frost, mud and even sunshine have all graced the Hash over the years.

Race Info

 Date: Sunday 31st December 2023.

Children’s Fun Run: 10:15 

Adult Race: 11:00

Location: As per last year, this year’s race will start and finish at the Acresford Sand and Gravel site on Forest Road, just up from the previous venue at Huncote Leisure Centre.

Entries: Open at 8pm on 30th November 2023 on EventEntry 

Race Numbers: These need to be collected from the numbers tent on the morning of the event, they will not be posted out in advance. Please allow time to pick up your own number before the race and please bring your own safety pins.

Car Sharing: Please car share as there is limited parking available. Please be respectful of our neighbours.

Facilities: Parking & toilets on site, but as we are not using Huncote Leisure Centre there will be no showers.

 There will be a coffee van selling refreshments and hot drinks at the Hash this year.

Fancy Dress: Optional but welcome.

Prizes: There are no prizes for this race. 

Time Limit: Anybody who reaches the picnic area near to Croft Hill after 45 minutes will be asked to return to the start directly via the road or continue at their own risk as the race marshals will start to withdraw from the course after this time.

The Route

The Hash is a well established and enjoyable off-road route which takes in a variety of terrain over an approximate 10k distance. The course is essentially the same as it was previously, including Croft Hill and the stream, but with a different start/finish area.

There are two sections where you are required to cross a road – these are marshalled but you do not have priority over road users so please give way to traffic as required.

Please follow all marshal guidance and instructions at all times.

How to Enter

Entries Open: entries will open on Thursday 30th November 2023 at 8.00pm. Entries are online only via the Event Entry web site.

We anticipate a lot of web traffic on this site when entries go live. Therefore, we recommend that you go straight to Event Entry to enter.

Entry Cost: £8 for runners affiliated to England Athletics and £10 for all other runners. Please note: all entry fees are non-refundable, we are unable to offer refunds under any circumstances.

Entry Limit: Entries will close when the race limit of 400 entries has been reached. When they’re gone they’re gone! There will be no entries on the day.

Minimum Age:  you must be at least 18 years of age on the day of the race.

Terms of Entry: No refunds or deferrals under any circumstances. No headphones, ear buds, bone conductors or in ear devices permitted unless for medical reasons. No dogs are allowed on the course. 

Transfers: transfers of race registrations will be available via the Event Entry web site until 21/12/2023.

Contact Us: Please send any queries to If you do not wish to have your name published in the results please email with a request for it to be hidden.

Junior Hash

There will be a 1 lap race for children of Primary School age and a 2 lap race for children of Secondary School age (older children may still run in the shorter race if they wish).

Date: Sunday 31st December 2023.

Time: 10:15am (before the main race)

Location: This year’s race will start and finish at the Acresford Sand and Gravel site on Forest Road, just up from the previous venue at Huncote Leisure Centre.

Entry Cost: All entries cost just £1.

Entries: Entries will only be taken on the day only – just turn up, fill in the entry form and pay!

Prizes: All finishers will receive chocolate, regardless of whether they finish first or last!

Contact Us: Please send any queries to


The results from this years races are below (please contact with any queries / corrections):

Results from previous years are below: