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
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 all entries and all events*. Please register your name at Event Control when you arrive. There will be a briefing at 7.40am each day to advise on routes, weather and anything special for that day.
* For safety reasons the start time in the Summer for the Thetford course is at 10:00am.
Cut Off times: there will be a generous 7hr cut off time for each course, except for during the Summer 10 in 10 where we extend that to 8hrs.
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. There are special trophies/t-shirts for those who complete the Quads and 10 in 10's which are presented at the end of their events. For multi days a new ribbon colour for each day. From 2016 we are trying to do a new medal design each year. 2018's is our 10th Anniversary Medal.
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.
We now use an paramedic service specifically designed for sporting events called TRAILMED (https://www.trailmed.co.uk).
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 with the Chief medical Officer of TrailMed.
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 usable cups to help using plastic, 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 no accommodation at Suffolk Academy, our GBC Village is only 2.3 miles away and provides for all your needs
Free Wifi and Phone charging on site.
There is no food option at the moment as Suffolk Academy no longer does this. The GBC Village at The Highwaymans is Self Catering and they have all the cooking equipment you may need. Once the numbers build up at the GBC Village then Juliet will start cooking food as we used to do at Suffolk Academy. For the Spring 2018 event Julie will make homemade food in containers and this can be purchased for an evening meal. Light snacks will also be available at lunchtimes
Drinks: Free Tea/Coffee 24 hours a day for atheletes. £1 for spectators.
Snacks/hotfood: There will be snacks after for atheletes/spectators (payable seperately) during all events
Bars: There is a small bar on site for lunchtime drinks only
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
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@example.com
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.
Glen Moulds - Race Director