15 Feb

24 Hours In Constable Country

Suffolk Trail Challenge

There is huge interest in the inaugural Suffolk Trail Running Festival that has recently been launched. Set for the weekend of 16th and 17th June 2018, the four race event includes a full 24-hour challenge.

The team behind Suffolk Trail Festival is the one that put together the Chadacre Challenge in April last year, which attracted 250 runners to Chadacre Estate, nestled in rolling countryside between Bury St Edmunds and Sudbury. Building on the success of that event, Suffolk Trail Festival will be held over two days on organic farmland in 'Constable country'.
 
Suffolk Trail Festival will feature the Ashtons Legal 3km; NFU Mutual Lavenham 10km; Javelin 12-hours and the 24-hour race. Organisers are expecting around 300 runners in total for the weekend. As well as four races, there will be camping, live music, face painting, marshmallow toasting and much more. Organisers are also currently recruiting volunteer marshals to help the runners on their way.
 
Kelly Pepper, co-organiser, comments: “Endurance races in UK have enjoyed a boom in recent years, with challenges popping up around the country. We thought it was time rural Suffolk had its very own 24-hour challenge to add to the UK running calendar. We have distances for all ages and abilities though and even the 24-hour race need not be as daunting as it sounds. We are encouraging teams of runners to tackle it together, running or walking their way through the weekend. The aim is to create a true festival feel around some fun races.”
 
Katie Haselhurst, co-organiser, added: “This is something we have been planning for some time and we are thrilled to officially launch it. We know there are lots of eager runners in the region and the experience of Chadacre Challenge last year proved just how much appetite for organised runs there is. We were keen to build on that to create an even bigger festival of trail running in Suffolk.”
 
Of course, Suffolk Trail Running Festival is not just a fitness challenge and a fun day out. The event is supporting St Nicholas Hospice Care and all profits of the 3km race will go to Lawshall Pre-School, which is apt - the organisers of the event first met at primary school in the nearby village of Shimpling where the race starts will be hosted.
 
For full details visit the Suffolk Trail Festival website here
 
Image courtesy Suffolk Trail Festival