COVID-19 UPDATE

Nordic Walking

Our regular Nordic Walks, taster sessions and courses have been reintroduced working within the UK Government guidelines - see below.

EVENTS

We successfully held the Beowulf Ultra (formerly the Kings Forest Ultra) this Sat (17 Oct) and the Festive Edition of the Bury to Clare in support of St Nicholas Hospice is scheduled for Sat 12 December.

Peddars Way Ultra 23 January and Marriotts Way Half Marathon and Marathon on Sunday 14 February - we are committed to both events going ahead. You will be placed on a pre entry waiting list to reduce both your financial risk and ours! Once we are happy that the event will go ahead will invite you to complete your entry. We are hoping to achieve this by early December for the Peddars Way Ultra and early January for the Marriott's. In the meantime, keep training!

We are working hard to make sure our events are safe and working within the UK Government guidelines .

Hopefully we will have a full schedule of events in 2021

Thank you for bearing with us.

Upcoming Events

Half-marathon/Marathon

Beowulf (formerly Kings Forest Trail) Ultra-Marathon 2020

17 Oct 2020

Due to the constraints placed on us by Covid-19 and Forestry England we will not be able to bring you the Kings Forest Half Marathon and Marathon in 2020. However we are hoping to bring you the Ultra Marathon with very limited numbers (imposed by Forestry England). It is likely that this race will be filled by those already entered. Priority will be given to those who need to complete their Grand Slam. who will be given the opportunity to run 100km (as a substitute for the Norfolk 100km) and to complete their Grand Slam.

This event will be authorised by the Forestry England.


Distance: Ultra-Marathon (50km)

Suitable for: serious runners

Medals: All finishers will be awarded a bespoke medal.

Places available: 30

Challenge

Bury to Clare Festive Challenge 2020

12 Dec 2020

ENTRIES OPEN soon - just finalising our plans (please bear with us)

Sadly no Festive forest Challenge this festive season due to the constraint placed upon us by Forestry England. However, we are planning on bring a Festive edition of the popular Bury to Clare Challenge

A linear 18 mile run or walk, in support of St Nicholas Hospice Care from Bury St Edmunds to Clare, with £5 from every entry going to them. A route over the gently undulating countryside of West Suffolk.

The route will be marked. The challenge is to complete the challenge within 8 hrs. Everyone to be finished by 3:00pm.

Please note this is a linear route and due to Covid -19 there will be no transport available. You will need to organise transport back to your car.

All finishers will receive a bespoke medal to mark their achievement. The medal is based on artwork titled night and day by Surinder Wardboys which is displayed in the hospice chapel.


Distance: 18 miles

Suitable for: Anyone.

Medals: All finishers will receive a bespoke medal to mark their achievement.

Places available: 200

Ultra Marathon

Peddars Way Trail Ultra Marathon 2021

23 Jan 2021

Peddars Way Ultra - we are committed to this race going ahead.

You will be put a on pre entry waiting list to reduce both your financial risk and ours! Once we are happy that the event will go ahead you will be invited you to complete your entry. We are hoping to achieve this by early December. In the meantime, keep training!

We have the support of Holme Next to The Sea and have the use of the village Hall for the finish. Discussion are on going with Suffolk Wildlife Trust regarding the start at Knettishall Heath and we are waiting a response regarding the village hall at Castle Acre. The latter is not a showstopper and we have back up plans.

Obviously, all of this is subject to further restrictions being imposed…. This is beyond our control and keeps us all on what feels like a knife edge!

The big changes for 2021 is there will be no sleep over at Holme Village Hall the Friday night before the race and there will be no coaches to the start from Holme on the Saturday Morning. There will also be a rolling start.

The Peddars Way runs from the Suffolk border to the North Norfolk Coast, all very runnable even in the winter and navigation is easy following the national trail throughout! Total distance is just over 48 miles.

Checkpoints at 14 miles, 27 miles and 34 miles. Strict covid -19 plans will be in place and strictly adhered to.

Please note this is a linear route and due to Covid -19 there will be no transport available. You will need to organise transport back to your car.

Race forms part of Positive Steps Grand Slam. The other races are the Norfolk 100 km and the Kings Forest 50 km. All three events must be completed in any order in a 12 month period to be awarded the Grand Slam tankard.

Distance: 48 miles approx.

Suitable for: Experienced marathon runners.

Medals: Medals and T-shirt awarded to everyone who completes within 12 hours. Race forms part of Positive Steps Grand Slam.

Places available: 150

Half-marathon/Marathon

Marriott’s Way Trail Marathon and Half Marathon 2021

14 Feb 2021

The Marathon follows the Marriott’s Way from Norwich with Half-Marathon starting at Whitwell station. Both races will finish at the Town Hall in Aylsham Market Square.

Runners of all abilities welcome, including complete beginners. Walkers also welcome too.

Traffic free courses on disused railway line. A team of East Anglia Air Ambulance volunteers will be joining the support crew. £5 of your entry fee will be donated to the EAAA.

All finishers will be awarded a bespoke medal and T shirt.

Distance: 13.1 or 26.2 miles approx.

Suitable for: Runners of all abilities are welcome including complete beginners. Walkers are also welcome.

Medals: All finishers will be awarded a bespoke medal.

Places available: 500

Challenge

Bury to Clare Challenge 2021

9 May 2021

ENTRIES OPEN 10 May 2020

A linear 18 mile run or walk, in support of St Nicholas Hospice Care from Bury St Edmunds to Clare. A route over the gently undulating countryside of West Suffolk, through the villages of Hawstead, Whepstead, Somerton and others.

The route will be marked. The challenge is to complete the challenge within 8 hrs.

All finishers will receive a bespoke medal to mark their achievement. The medal is based on artwork titled night and day by Surinder Wardboys which is displayed in the hospice chapel.

Includes option to complete this as a relay for teams of up to three.

Distance: 18 miles

Suitable for: Anyone.

Medals: All finishers will receive a bespoke medal to mark their achievement.

Places available: 500

Testimonials

"I’m on my way back to Reading via train, but I just wanted to thank you for another brilliant marathon!
The course was well marked, the check points were well stocked with water, snacks and squash and the marshals were very friendly and supportive.
Please, pass my thanks and praise to everyone involved at today’s race.
"

Costas - Kings Forest Marathon 2019

"Hello Kevin glad your event was successful, Barbara Dave & Daphne enjoyed volunteering, we did the easy bit.
We would be very happy to help on future events

Best wishes,
Barbara Dave & Daphne volunteers EAAA
"

Barbara Dave & Daphne volunteers EAAA Marriott' 2019

"A huge thank you to you and the team for a great day.

The route marking was spot on, the food and drink brill and such an great atmosphere at the end.

My homing instinct carried on even after I finished; until, in fact I was back in Stow soaking in a hot bath!

All the best,
Jakki
"

Jakki Bury to Clare 2019

"Thank for for an awesome day out today at the Norfolk 100. Fabulous route- even the miserably hard bits had good things about them! Truly wonderful volunteers at every aid station as well as at registration & the finish. And I ran with some amazing and inspirational people today. Oh yes, and I saw so many acts of kindness and camaraderie between runners.
It was a privilege to be a part of this race and my life has been made so much richer for it. Thank you so much."

Sinead Bradbeer‎