The Birketts Round Norfolk Relay celebrates its 30th anniversary

Published: 14/09/2016

Running clubs across East Anglia are set to compete and celebrate as the Birketts Round Norfolk Relay returns on the weekend of 17/18 September for its 30th anniversary.

The Birketts Round Norfolk Relay is an annual demanding team relay race around Norfolk. This year 59 teams are competing, with each team running a 198 mile continuous relay in 17 unequal multi-terrain stages, varying between 5 to 20 miles.

The first teams leave King’s Lynn at 5.30am on Saturday morning, racing through the night into Sunday morning, with runners passing the baton on at each stage of the route which traces around the Norfolk coast and then along the county borders.

Since its inception, over 700 teams and almost 13,000 runners have contested the race with competitors running approximately 150,000 miles.

Neville Knights, Round Norfolk Relay Race Director, said “This year we’re celebrating 30th years of the race. A fantastic achievement thanks to the dedication of organisers and runners over the years. The original concept was to create an event that would foster an esprit de corps in the newly formed Ryston Runners. What eventually emerged, after some heated discussion in committee, was a continuous relay following as near as possible the Norfolk county boundary. We view the relay as the ultimate club challenge and a unique experience with some challenging off-road sections, generating an excellent club spirit. There really isn’t anything quite like it.”

Pete Goddard, a Partner in Birketts’ Norwich office and Round Norfolk Relay participant, said: "As a full service, top 100 UK law firm, with offices throughout the East of England, we are proud to be the longstanding sponsor of The Birketts Round Norfolk Relay. Unique in character and concept, the race presents a tough physical challenge and a test of the organizational prowess of a club. The race has become an established event in the British Athletics Calendar and teams will be expected to complete the course in a maximum running time of 28:30 hours which is an impressive pace of 8 minutes 40 seconds per mile."

Further details about The Birketts Round Norfolk Relay, including news, course details and race history, can be found on the dedicated website.

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