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THE GREAT BARROW CHALLENGE 2017-18

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What are the start times?

8am every day to ensure the checkpoints are in place for you

 

What about the Ultra runners, what time do they start?

8am the same, however, they will do one of our 6 mile routes after completing the marathon route. This will give you an option to call it a day at the marathon distance or continue on to do the ultra, and enables us to use the start/finish line as the last checkpoint and refreshments.

 

What is the age limit to enter the challenges?

18 to enter the marathon or Ultra's, and no age limit for the half marathon

 

Are the routes on road or off road?

All routes are a mixture of both. There are 7 different routes all starting and finishing here at The Academy.

2 new 'ALL ROAD' routes created in 2016 for Spring and Autumn.  We may also include at Xmas and Summer at our discression.

 

How much does parking cost and is it close to the start/finish?

Parking is free and it is on site where the start/finish is

 

Is the online sign-up secure?

Yes it is, please see our sign-up page for details.

 

I don't have a Paypal account, how can I pay?

Paypal now accept a debit/credit cards as well as paypal

 

I am worried about paying for the event so far ahead when I may get injured?

We allow you to transfer not only your deposit but also the full balance to another person (you must arrange this) provided we are kept fully informed before the event.

 

  • More than 1 month before the event

  • In the case that you cannot attend through injury (no other reason) and inform us more than 1 month before the event, we will carry your deposit/balance to one of our following events, or transfer to another runner.

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  • Less than 1 month before the event 

  • If you pull out with less than 1 month before an event you will not be refunded, and we can't transfer the place

 

Do you issue refunds ?

No - but we can transfer your place - see above

 

Where can we see maps and routes etc?

These will be given out on the day along with your race numbers.

All route instructions and gpx files are on the routes page for you to download ahead of time and load onto your watch.

 

Are there local shops for provisions?

There are 2 convenience stores in Barrow, these are on the main high street and are open from 7am to 8pm weekdays and Saturdays.

 

Where is Barrow?

In Suffolk. Take a look at a map on the contact us page

 

Do you have directions from public transport?

We are just 8 miles from Bury St Edmunds and will try to give lifts back and forward to stations etc with enough notice and availability. The events start and finish at The Academy so transport is not required during your stay

Here are some handy links to help you plan your journey:

 

 • Bus from Bury St Edmunds to Barrow

 • Other buses in the Bury St Edmunds area

 • Trains to Bury from a range of areas

 • Direct coach services to Bury St Edmunds from varying places

 • Trains from London to Bury St Edmunds

 • Train from Ipswich to Bury St Edmunds

 

 

Do I have to raise money for charity?

No, we believe that this event is personal and each person can chose or not to raise money for whatever cause they wish to.

 

Can my company sponsor the challenge?

Yes, of course, please get them to enter you including your name on the application form. They should contact Glen at info@suffolkacademy.com if they wish to become a challenge sponsor

 

Do you have Insurance for the Challenges?

Yes, we currently carry £5million

 

How many water stations are there on route?

Roughly 5, which is every 6 miles. There are also snacks, bananas, chocolate, jelly babies, fruit etc, and hydrating fluids from our ever helpful checkpoint marshals.

 

Is the event site rented?

No, we own the site and therefore can tailor make it to suit everything that our athletes need to enjoy the event fully.

 

How can I keep in touch with others doing the challenge?

We provide the facility to charge mobile phones and GPS systems. Marshals will be patrolling all routes throughout the Challenges.

 

What information will we have about the routes  for walking / running

You will receive a map and directions for the routes that you have registered for. There are also signs along the route to help you. Please follow the written directions given, these are your priority directions. The ground is also sprayed with paint to help and specific tape through wooded areas.

 

Can I take my dog?

Yes you can provided they are kept on a lead at all times and are 'human freindly'

 

What food do we get for full board?

Breakfast in the morning, lunch when you arrive back and a cooked dinner in the evening. Tea/coffee is free 24 hours a day. More details about menus to follow.

 

Will the event 'sell out'?

YES! we have only a limited space for full board and when all the medals have been allocated the event will close

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