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What are the start times?

8am every day to ensure the checkpoints are in place for you, except For safety reasons the start time in the Summer for the Thetford course is at 10:00am.


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 all the marathon or Ultra's, and 17 for the 1/2 marathons.


What is the cut off time?

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 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.


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.  The road routes are usually including in each of our seasonal events.


High Viz.

As our events are very rural, for the October and Christmas events we highlighly recommend wearing bright colours and some sort of high viz clothing.


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?

The Paypal payment page will give you the option to enter card details as a 'guest'


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.

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?

Paper maps will be available 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?

Near Bury St Edmunds 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 or Newmarket rail stations.


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?

The Barrow Challenge is a RunBritain Licensed Event, and therefore insured under their licensing agreements.


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  

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 when given, these are your priority directions. All route instructions and gpx files are on the routes page for you to download ahead of time and load onto your watch.  Pay close attention to the race briefing each morning.



Can I take my dog?

No sorry, under UK Athletics rules dogs are nt allowed and our insurance would be invalidated if we let them on the course, sorry



Will the event 'sell out'?

YES! When all the medals have been allocated the event will close

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