EVENT INFORMATION

 

CHALLENGE DETAILS

 

RACE INFO

 

GETTING TO THE VENUE

The finish line and the race HQ is at Acle.

Acle Recreation Centre
Bridewell Lane
Acle, Norwich
Norfolk NR13 3RA

 

ALTERNATIVE STARTS

You are free to make your own way to any start line and register at the appropriate start.

50km - Aylsham train station - NR11 6BW

25km – Hicking Village Hall – NR12 0YU

Relay – 2nd runner – Horning Ferry - NR12 8PS

 

START TIMES 90K + Relay – Acle

  • Registration opens at 6:00

  • 7.30am Challengers set off

  • Relay runners need to find their own way to their relay start points.

START TIMES 50K - Aylsham

  • 7.00 am bus leaves Acle for Aylsham

  • Registration at Aylsham opens 6:30am

  • 8.00 am Challengers set off

START TIMES 25K – Hickling

  • 7.45 am and 9.15am the buses leaves Acle for Hickling

  • Registration opens at 7.30am Hickling

  • 8.30am and 10am Challengers set off.

SUPPORT + REST STOPS + FUELLING AND HYDRATION

This event is fully supported for 24 hours. This is from 7.30am Saturday morning until 7.30am Sunday morning. There will be marshals and medics throughout the course day and night.

We have rest stops which are covered areas with seating, these are every 25km – 30km

We will also have marshals and snack areas between these points where you can refill your water bottles and grab a snack bar, fruit, all dietary requirements will be catered for.

Please see documents for rest areas, distances and kit lists

Fact Sheet, Route Map, Kit List Walkers, Kit List Runners

ROUTES

We have the following distances available. On Route planner download the PDF if require a print out of directions.

90km – See Route Map

50km – See Route Map

25km – See Route Map

All Routes will be signed with Hi Vis Yellow and black signs. Once you are passed Aylsham and on the Weavers Way this is also as a norfolk trail with pink arrows. At night the route will be marked with reflective arrows and lights.

REGISTRATION

You will have received confirmation of your entry by email, once you have completed the online form and paid the necessary fee, on validation your name will appear on the Race Entry List on the online registration form.

Registration will open at between 5pm and 8pm on the Friday the 14th and then will open again at 6am at Acle on the Saturday.

50km Registration at Aylsham will open at 6.30am

25km Registration at Hickling will open at 7.30am

 

Please allow yourself plenty of time to get registered and ensure you have all your essential items for the event.

At registration you will collect your route card, lanyard, safety pins, timing/tracking tag and other goodies.

Bag drop and then bag transfer to the finish will be available at all Start points.

There will be no option to pay to enter on the day of the event.

 

REFUND POLICY

Our refund policy for The Broads Walk Challenge can be found here.

 

CAR PARKING

The Car Park at Acle is free. Parking will be at Acle Recreational Centre and the over spill will be at Acle Academy. NR13 3ER

There is ample parking at the two sites marshals will be on hand to direct you. Please go slow when entering the car park and follow the marshal’s instructions. Please arrive with plenty of time to spare and we will get you parked as soon as possible. There is a small walk to event HQ this is approximately 600m.

 

DISABLED PARKING

There will be parking near to registration for disabled badge holders.

 

TRACKING / CHIP TIMING

Everyone will be given  an electronic tag which you will need to wear. Please ensure this tag is read at every one of the checkpoints. Your times will then be updated throughout the event. Times and certificates will be available at www.chiptiminguk.co.uk on Monday 17th June.

The 90km   will be tracked via GPS units handed out at registration, the 50km and 25 km will have the option to use their phone as a tracking device for free on our interactive map or hire a GPS Unit. A link to the tracking map and how to link your phone will be sent you prior to the challenge, so supporters can use this link to follow you. The live map will also be available at ChiptimingUK .

 

FITNESS AND TRAINING RUNS

You do need to be physically fit to take on these challenges. We will be adding training plans to the website throughout your journey.

Please keep us updated with how training is going on our facebook event page.

 

CHARITY

You are  welcome to undertake the challenge for any Charity of your choice

 

HOW IT WORKS:

  1. You register via our website for a charity place and pay the required registration fee to reserve your place.

  2. You select drop-down list or add a new charity – You are therefore pledging to fundraise a minimum amount of money for your charity depending on their distance.

If you add a new charity, please leave contact details for that charity. We will then contact them and invite them to be a part of the challenge. The charity will then likely contact you with fundraising advice.

  1. If you register for an event and nominate a charity that we do not yet work with, it is possible that they will choose not to be involved with this event in 2019. If this is the case, refund/deferral terms are as above, and we will always offer for you the option to change charity (at no charge) or change to a self-funded place & pay the difference in registration fee.

  2. You must raise 50% of the fundraise total, 6 weeks prior to the event. We will contact the charity to confirm this.
     

ESSENTIAL KIT

Please follow the links to see the essential kit that you will require:

Runners Kit

Walkers Kit
 

SAFETY

We take necessary and practical steps to ensure your safety on our courses. There are a number of medically trained personnel around the course including the professional medical staff. If you feel unwell or notice anyone struggling at any time during the event, please speak to a marshal.

 

MEDICAL SUPPORT

Professional medical staff will be present at the Finish area and at the main checkpoints around the course.

 

TOILETS

There are toilets at all the main checkpoints and a number of other toilets on route, we will add these to the maps as we find them

 

RACE PHOTGRAPHY/VIDEOGRAPHY.

 

Photos and video will be taken during the event. We reserve the right to use all images for marketing purposes.



Any Questions, please get in touch at info@inspireraces.co.uk

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FACT SHEET

 

DISTANCES

 

Acle to Hoveton  24KM

Acle to finish 91km

Well walked and maintained footpaths, quiet roads and a ferry (2 minutes crossing) at 18km

Passing through small villages

Hoveton to Aylsham 14km

Hoveton to Finish – 77km

Bure Valley Path

Disused Railway

Shops and Facilities at Hoveton and Aylsham

Aylsham to North Walsham  10km

Aylsham to Finish - 53km

Weavers Way

Old town footpaths

Disused railway

Shops and facilities at North Walsham

North Walsham to Hickling 18km

North Walsham to finish – 43km

Weavers Way

Town footpaths

Quiet Roads

Disused Railway

Over Night Camping (Dilham)

Hickling to Potter Heigham 12km

Hickling to Finish – 25km

Weavers Way

Roads

Well maintained footpaths

Norfolk Wildlife Trust

Shops and facilities at Hickling and Potter Heigham

Potter Heigham  to Acle 13km

Potter Heigham to Finish -13km

Weavers Way

Footpaths along the river

Quiet roads

A couple of pubs on route

90KM CHALLENGE

Acle to Acle via Aylsham + Hickling

Sat 15th June - 7am Start

Terrain – Roads, disused railways, solid footpaths

Time Limit – 24 Hours

Distance  - 91km

Elevation – 503m climb

 

Rest stops and meals – 7 rest stops

  • Snacks, water and hot drinks at all

  • Main meal at –Hoveton - 24 km

  • Main meal at – Aylsham -38 km

  • Main Meal at – Hickling – 66km

  • Main Meal at – Finish-91km

 

50KM CHALLENGE

Aylsham to Acle via Hickling

Sat 15th June – 7.40am Start

Terrain – Roads, disused railways, solid footpaths

Time Limit – 24 Hours

Distance  - 53km

Elevation – 232m climb

 

REST STOPS and MEALS – 4 rest stops

  • Snacks, water and hot drinks at all

  • Main Meal at – Hickling 29km

  • Main meal at – Finish 53km

 

25KM CHALLENGE

Hickling to Acle

Sat 15th June – 7.40am Start

Terrain – Roads, disused railways, solid footpaths

Time Limit – 12 Hours

Distance  - 25km

Elevation – 100m climb

 

Rest stops and meals – 2 rest stops

  • Snacks, water and hot drinks at all

  • Main Meal at - Finish 25km

 

90KM RELAY CHALLENGE

Acle to Acle with Starts at Horning, Aylsham, Hickling

Sat 15th June - 7am Start

Terrain – Roads, disused railways, solid footpaths

Time Limit – 24 Hours

Distance  - 91km

Elevation – 505m climb

Teams – 4 people in a team

Transport -Need to arrange own transport to starts

Rest stops and meals: 8 rest stops - snacks, water and hot drinks at all

The relay legs are as follows:

  • Acle to Horning -18km

  • Horning to Aylsham – 20 km

  • Aylsham to Hickling – 28km

  • Hickling to Acle – 25km

 

EXTRAS

3. Breakfast

Breakfast can be purchased for £4.00 at Acle, before the start. Please purchase this via your active registration. This will be served from 6am.

This will be a Breakfast Bap.

 

SUPPORT

 

We understand that these challenges are all about pushing yourself and achieving something you did not think you could. We want to ensure that you have the best opportunity of achieving your goal. So we can celebrate at the finish line with a glass of the good stuff.

 

Pre Challenge day
 

  • Nutritional advice

  • Training plans

  • Route plans and information

  • Kit and equipment list

  • Help and advice when asked

  • Online social group to meet other challengers
     

Challenge day
 

  • A fully signed course

  • Good route maps

  • Rest stops every 12km – 15km with toilets and seating

  • Free food and drinks catering for all dietary requirements

  • First aid support

  • Electronic timing and tracking

  • Route masters- to keep you on the right track (stewards)

  • Baggage Transfers

  • Transport to the start

  • Support will be on hand for the full 36 hours 

 

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FOOD & WATER

 

 

LOCATION

 

WALKERS KIT

 

Walkers kit list Below is a guide line for the kit & equipment you should bring with you on the challenge. Please note we do not carry out kit checks, the below is just what we advise, it is up to you to choose what you think you will need.

 

Walkers’ Clothing Kit List:

  • Hiking boots / Trainers - Everyone has a different preference to their footwear and the essential thing here is to ensure that what you wear is comfortable and broken in!  

  • 1 pair medium/heavyweight walking socks per 25 km - Change your socks often to prevent blisters!

  • Waterproof jacket with hood

  • Light trekking trousers and/or shorts - Zip-offs are great for an easy change!  

  • Waterproof trekking trousers  

  • Micro fleece top for layering

  • 1-2 Trekking t-shirts/base layer/breathable or wicking top

  • Warm hat

  • A bandana / buff or scarf

  • Peaked / wide brimmed hat - cover your neck in the sun

  • A cooling towel​

Essential Kit List:

 

  • Platypus/Camelback/bladder or a Reusable water bottle - aim to carry 1.5L at all times.

  • Hi Vis vest/clothing this needs to cover the back pack when walking on the roads

  • Head Torch with spare batteries

  • Hand held torch (mandatory for Full /slower Half Challengers)

  • Sunglasses with 100% UV Protection

  • UV protection Lip Balm

  • Sun Screen - minimum 30SPF  

  • Wet wipes / Toilet Roll & Bag for used paper

  • Hand Sanitizer  

  • Credit card / cash

  • Mobile Phone + power bank - you must be contactable at all times during the Challenge

  • First Aid Kit - including rehydration sachets ● Blister Kit (including ‘Compeed,’ plasters and antiseptic cream, talc, zinc oxide tape)

  • Pain Killers

  • Antihistamines (if you know you get bitten / hay fever etc.)

  • Immodium

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RUNNERS KIT

 

Runners Kit list Below is a guide line for the kit & equipment you should bring with you on the challenge. Please note we do not carry out kit checks, the below is just what we advise, it is up to you to choose what you think you will need.

 

Runners clothing kit list:

 

  • Running / training shoes - Terrain is mainly flat trails and road. Ensure that your shoes are fully broken in and also water repellent.  

  • Running tops – breathable, wicking material;

  • Base layer to wear under your running top

  • Running shorts / leggings

  • Lightweight runners’ jacket (with hood)

  • Micro-fibre fleece 

  • Small backpack or hydration vest

  • Runners gloves or mittens

  • A bandana / buff

  • Peaked / wide brimmed hat - cover your neck in the sun Essential Equipment

 

Runners essential kit:

 

  • Platypus/Camelback/bladder & Non-plastic water bottle - aim to carry 2L at all times

  • Head Torch with spare batteries (mandatory for those expecting to still be running after dark)

  • Sunglasses with 100% UV Protection

  • UV protection Lip Balm

  • Sun Screen - minimum 30SPF

  • Wet wipes / Toilet Roll & Bag for used paper

  • Hand Sanitizer

  • Credit card / cash

  • Mobile Phone + power bank - you must be contactable at all times during the Challenge

  • First Aid Kit - including rehydration sachets

  • Blister Kit (including ‘Compeed,’ plasters and antiseptic cream, talc, zinc oxide tape)

  • Pain Killers

  • Antihistamines (if you know you get bitten / hay fever etc.)

  • Immodium

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ULTRA RUN TIPS

PHASES OF EFFECTIVE TRAINING

There are four essential components to building safe and effective training for ultra marathon races. 

 

BASE BUILDING PHASE - 6 to 20 Weeks
Base building is a prerequisite to safe ultra marathon training. Your running base is the foundation that will support the increased stress of high mileage peak training for ultra marathons. Skimping on your base building is likely to increase the risk of breakdown or injury that may occur during your peak training. Your base phase is defined as the six-to-twenty week period before your peak training begins. A new runner will obviously require a longer base building period because it is during this phase that muscle conditioning and bone density building occur to support the more strenuous phases to follow. This period should include easy-to-moderate running that increases your weekly mileage according to the Galloway 10% rule. During your base building phase, you should avoid any strenuous workouts or races that will require any recovery time. The goal of base building is to just put your body into shape to support your peak ultra marathon training load. Be sure to take a good 3-4 week recovery period at the end of your base building phase.

 

PEAK BUILDING PHASE  - 12 to 16 Weeks
This is where the work really begins. Following one of the training plans, you will begin ramping up the mileage and intensity of your training runs. Your weekend training runs will comprise the bulk of your mileage and will be race specific; meaning you will train to the terrain, climate, running surface, and profile of your target race. Your mid-week runs will fill in the mileage and will include one good tempo run each week to improve your overall speed. This phase will include at least two rest days each week and will include recovery weeks throughout.  One of the differences in ultra marathon training over traditional training is that ultra marathons are slower paced races that often include miles and miles of ascents and descents so attention is given to building up a high volume of "time on your feet"  and should include a good amount of walking or power hiking as well as running.

 

PEAK TRAINING PHASE - 4 to 6 Weeks
During this phase, you will cap your mileage and maintain your peak training load for a few more runs. As your body becomes more primed for peak training, you will find your recovery time is improved even after hard workouts. You might feel so good that you are tempted to do more or run a race but the rule in this phase is "less is more". The closer you get to your race date, the less margin for error. Take all rest days and rest weeks as scheduled. 

 

TAPER PHASE
Smart runners take a Taper period. The training plans will graduate your mileage down to increase your rest and recovery.  Use this time to meditate and visualize your desired running experience. Get extra hours of sleep. Plan your race strategies, gear and clothing, drop bags, crew and pacers, blister care, etc. However tempted you may be, you must resist the urge for "just one more long run". It is always better to go into your race "a little under-trained than a little over-injured". 

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