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Welcome to the GBC. We hope your stay here is enjoyable as possible. The information below may help you.


The address is: The Academy, Church farm, Church Road, Barrow, Bury St Edmunds, Suffolk, IP29 5AX

Phone: 01284 810446

There is an out of hours answerphone

Email: [email protected]

Directions: See Contact page


Marathons: These are 7 individual routes, multi terrain of a minimum of 26.2 miles. There are checkpoints/water/food stations roughly every 5 miles around the course with roving marshals in vehicles together with medical teams

We have 2 'All Road' courses (Kirtling & Clover) we are getting officially measured to be recognised as Road Courses.

Ultra's: These are min 32 miles and consist of an additional 6 mile route after the completion of the marathon route (which serves as the last checkpoint).

Half marathons: These are roughly 13 miles as above.



Routes: All entrants start at the same time and location which makes it easy for those doing half marathons to start their day with friends and family, completing approximately the first 6 miles of the marathon course and splitting at the first checkpoint.


Start times: 8am for Marathons and Half Marathons. 9am or 10 am for 5K and 10K events.   However please refer to your entry email for any changes.


Please register your name at Event Control when you arrive every day. There will be a briefing at 7.45am each day to advise on routes, weather and anything special for that day.


Cut Off times: There is a cut off time of 7 hrs for both the Marathon and the Ultra Marathon.  For the marathon you must reach the last checkpoint (between 20-22 miles depending on the course) in 5hrs 30mins to be allowed to carry on.  Those who do not make the cut off will be collected by car and returned to the Academy.  For the Ultras you must complete the marathon distance in 5hrs 30mins to be allowed to go out on the 10km ultra loop.


Start/Finish location: The Academy above. We own the site and therefore everything happens from the site


Entry Prices: Please see prices list here



FREE and plenty of it (included in the ticket price) Please use the main field and do not use the Academy gravel car park which is reserved for Academy use, emergency vehicles and marshals. The farm hardstanding car park will be used during poor weather to protect the field.


Medals: These will be handed out daily as you complete the events. For multi days a new ribbon colour for each day.  2019 has seen our 'Seasons' series designed by our artist Sara Kathleen.  We are also now into our Japanese series which will continue into 2020.  For info and entry to these monthly events please go to

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The marshals on the route are all volunteers so please be nice to them.

If you wish to be a marshal then you can claim FREE ENTRANCE to a later marathon day during the course of the event. Register interest here.


Medical Attention


The paramedic services will start at 8am when the race starts, and will provide special medical cover until the last runner is back and we stand the team down.  


The paramedic team are not there to provide foot care or blister popping services, or to administer tablets and painkillers (unless there is good Medical reasons to do so). Please note that the Race Director has issued a ban on the issue of IBuprofen after consultation.



Water is available at the checkpoints but please carry your own, especially in hot weather. Bottled water is available for sale at The Academy. Please bring your own reusable cups  if you don't have one these can be purchased from Event Control for £3



Icebath / cold pool usually avaliable when you arrive back from the summer challenge.



There is currently no accommodation at Suffolk Academy, we are however hoping to offer some basic bunk house beds for 2020.  We are a campsite so you can book a tent or a campervan pitch, with or without electric.    If you are travelling from a distance we are happy to arrange a basic, small tent and airbed.    

Local options include -  

The Highwaymans guest house is located at Risby just 2.3 miles

Travel Lodges in Bury St Edmunds and Barton Mills

Premier Inn at Bury St Edmunds

Various Air BnB including some in Barrow


Free Wifi and Phone charging on site.



Cafe for breakfast 6.30am - 8.30am

Lunch cafe  12-4pm

Evening meals can be purchased to take away at lunch time


Drinks: Free Tea/Coffee 24 hours a day for atheletes.  £1 for spectators.


Bars: We are a licensed premises and have a bar on site - usually open 12 - 4pm


Credit & Debit cards: We accept most card payments

Cheques: Not accepted

Cash Machines: None nearby (5 miles) but may be able to offer small cashback if available


Local Amenities

Pubs: The village of Barrow has two pubs that serve lunchtime and evening meals. The Weeping Willow is a gastro pub and usually requires booking in advance.  The Three Horseshoes is more casual

Shops: There are two shops and a Post Office with a coffee shop plus a fish & chip shop in the village.

Town: Bury St Edmunds is approx. 6 miles up the road and has a vast range of shops and restaurants. Newmarket is 6 miles in the opposite direction.


Stay in touch

We count everyone out and in, so if you decide not to complete the challenge, please let us know. If you don’t come back we may use valuable resources looking for you.



You are welcome to raise money for your chosen charities. If you would like to become one of the GBC sponsors please email Glen at [email protected]



We pride ourselves on listening to our athletes and try to work with them to implement changes where needed. We can only do this if you tell us what you would like to see changed.  


Thank You!

Glen Moulds - Race Director


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