Roman Challenge at Hackleton in Northamptonshire





Welcome to the Roman Challenge Bike Event – 2016

Event Date: Sunday 25 September 

Bookings now open!

Now in it’s 11th year, the event continues to be open to riders of all levels and abilities. Whether you choose the 8 mile family route; the Chariot route at 22 miles or the Gladiator / Gladiator Maximus route offering up to 46 miles, you can be assured of a day of fun, offering you the opportunity to set a personal challenge whilst enjoying a ride through Salcey Forest and the surrounding Northamptonshire Countryside. Riders can return to base at Hackleton Village Hall for a fabulous Ploughman’s lunch, delicious cakes and tea / coffee refreshments – all included in the entry price!!

Click here for location of start/finish points



  •  There is a choice of 3 routes (plus an extension on the Gladiator route) to suit all abilities. The start and finish points are at the Hackleton Village Hall, Chapel Lane, Hackleton, NN7 2AH.

  •  Please read the Health and Safety page before you book

  •  Prices - Adults £15 and children age 5-16yrs £5. Bookings after this date or on the day will be £25 - no refunds available 

  •  All riders are expected to be considerate to pedestrians and horse riders, respect farms/livestock and private property, remain on designated tracks and follow the Highway and Countryside Code. Children must wear safety helmets, and be accompanied by an adult - parent / guardian rider.



Due to the constraints with car parking capacity at the village hall, we are limited to the number of riders able to participate in this event – Bookings will close when maximum numbers are reached.

On the day:
Registration starts at 8am

There are refreshments stops en route, one for the Chariots (
mile15); two for Gladiators (miles 16 & 22) and two for Gladiator Maximus (miles16 & 33.5). Distances are approximate.

Car parking is available at the hall via two adjacent fields. All parking is at the owners risk and all cars must be removed from the carparks by 5pm. In the event of heavy rain, alternative parking may be used on the other (uphill) side of the main road. If this is required there will be signs to direct you.

The event operates a one way system in the lane leading to and from the hall for the safety of the riders. Signs and Marshalls will be available on the day.



It’s worth the challenge to return to the hall for our fabulous Ploughman’s, baked cakes, tea or coffee. This is included in the entry fee. Non participants can purchase refreshments for £8.


Refreshments will be available from 11. 45am to 4pm. We vacate the hall at 5pm.

If you have any special dietary requirements please let us know before the event via email

About the Roman Challenge:

It has been a great success with around 250 people riding each year. Previously organised by the Hackleton & District WI, the event is now led by the Hackleton Primary School Association (Charity Number: 
1067582which aims to raise vital funds to enhance the learning environment for children attending the local primary school whilst working collaboratively to engage with and support the local community. Further information regarding the school or the work of the HSA can be obtained by contacting


The event is named as such due to the location of a Roman Villa in neighbouring Piddington. Riders will pass the village en-route.

Soon after the roman conquest of Britain, which began in AD 43 there was a military presence in Piddington. In the 1st century, a timber villa was built, followed later by one built of stone. The site of the villa has been under excavation for 30 years and many of the finds are displayed in a museum housed in the old Wesleyan Chapel in Piddington.

If you would like to visit, it is open on Sunday afternoons 2-4pm.

Click here to link to the Museum web site 



        updated March 2016