Hadleigh 5 Mile Review

Hadleigh 5 Mile Review

Hadleigh 5 miles is a great event that runs through the villages of Layham and Shelly and has beautiful village scenery along quiet roads.


The course is extremely undulating on single loop with an out and back route that is well marshalled and has mile markers.

The first mile is the toughest part, as you turn right and separate from the 10 mile runners you start your first climb that seems to go on forever turn after turn. 

Once you get past the 1st mile there are a couple more cheeky hills and 1 turnaround point around a cone. 

This isn't a course you can expect personal bests on but it is a really enjoyable route. 

Water Stations

No water stations for the 5 mile event but there is water at the finish with a choice of a mars bar or a snickers bar. 


No pacers at this event. 


You can park at the Hadleigh Football Club where the event starts and finishes but your need to park really early as they close the road and you will not be able to leave until the event finishes so your better after parking in the town centre, which has a number of small car parks a short walk from the start. 

Most of which, are free to use on a Sunday. 


Plenty of portable toilets at the start/finish area with short ques except as you would expect 5 minutes before the race starts. 


hadleigh 5 mile race medal

Decent sized weighty medal of a hare in a mosaic design. 


hadleigh 5 mile race photo

Somebody tagged me in the Hadleigh running club Facebook group of me during the race done by local photographer Peregrine Bush


Entry was £14 for affiliated runners and £16 for non affiliated runners, which I thought was excellent value. 

Who Organises It?

The race is organised by local running club Hadleigh Hares. 

How To Enter

Entry through the clubs website www.hadleigh-hares.co.uk.

Entry normally opens late summer and sells out really quickly as it is well attended by club runners and locals.  


We have found the following results from previous years

2021 2020 - No Race
2019 2018

Would I Enter Again?

Yes,  It is a great race that is well organised, attended mostly by club runners and is exceptional value. 

Things To Bear In Mind...

  • This race normally sells out quite quickly so be quick.
  • There are plenty of car parks in the village of Hadleigh but they are quite small so get there early to secure your spot. 
  • A very undulating course so do not expect a fast time but it is along quiet rural roads.  


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