Round Norfolk Relay 2017

Save the date - September 16th & 17th 2017 - Round Norfolk Relay

Norwich Road Runners will be entering 4 teams to the biggest event of the year in the race calendar. Round Norfolk Relay - Unique in character and concept, the race presents not only a tough physical challenge, but also a test of the organizational prowess of a club. Run over 24 hours, without a break (and carrying a baton), the event is much more than just a normal relay for it requires special preparation, planning and support. It is not an event for a club without a spirit of adventure. But the sense of satisfaction and achievement after completing the race is simply 'Second to None'.

To enable NRR to enter 4 teams we need as many people as possible to participate, not only in running the different stages but also to cycle with runners, help with driving vans and cars and also Marshals at Cley to help direct runners on the beach and traffic in the car park. The Race is made up of 17 stages, ranging from 5 to 20 miles.

There will be one team which is open to any runner of any ability which will be drawn as a ballot. The list will be on the notice board from 4th May and will be drawn late June.

There will also be a list for volunteers to support the teams, please do get involved. This really is a fantastic event for all members.

Details of all the legs are available on the RNR website.

We will organise some runs to test out the routes before the event which everyone is welcome to join in with.

There will also be a ladies team, a senior men’s team and a veteran men’s team. These three teams will be selected by the captains of each team.

The course of the Round Norfolk Relay mirrors the county boundary over a distance of 198 miles, divided into 17 unequal stages. Norfolk's enormous skies, vast sandy beaches, open spaces and picturesque towns and villages, with their attractive cottages and medieval churches, all contribute to making the race a unique running experience. But it is likely to be the spectacular skies at sunset and sunrise which will provide the most vivid memories.

The race starts at Lynnsport in Kings Lynn and then, from Hunstanton, follows the stunning coastline through 5 multi terrain stages taking the Norfolk Coastal path as far as Cromer. The 35 miles (4 stages) from Cromer to Great Yarmouth are on the road. By the time the majority of teams reach Great Yarmouth it is dark.

From Great Yarmouth, the course turns south-west following main roads for 67 miles (4 stages), all run in darkness. It is during these mostly flat stages through Breckland. From Feltwell (Stage 14) the four remaining stages covering the last 33 miles are run across the flat Fens through the early morning mist, finally following Great Ouse River into historic King's Lynn, to the Finish at Lynnsport.

A staggered start, based on anticipated finishing times, ensures that teams of similar ability start together, with faster teams chasing. All teams should finish the race by 9:15am to 10:00am on the Sunday.

Anyone keen to find out anymore or offer their support please speak to / or message any of the captains.

  • Ballot Team – David Allen & Jonathan Eagle
  • Ladies Team – Deborah English & Stacey Harper
  • Senior Mens –James McFarlane & David Walsh
  • Vets Team – Paul Sullivan
  • Head Marshal – Richard High