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Norfolk 100km

22-Jun-2019 Castle Acre to Sheringham, Norfolk, UK (England)


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Trail Race Race Terrain
100KM / 62Miles
1 Day - 150 Runners

DIFFICULTY Race Difficulty Intermediate  

Entry From £50 GBP

Start time: 7am

Results details: We use chip (electronic) timing at our events, and also may be manually recording your race number at checkpoints/finish for safety reasons. Please ensure your race number is clearly visible to marshals at all times. We will endeavour to check & publish results within 48 hours of the event finish.

Entry cost: £50 UKA affiliated, £52 non-affiliated

Refunds: Up to 6 weeks before the day of the race you will be entitled to 60% refund if you are unable to take part.

Transfers: Transfers will only be allowed with permission of the Race Director and not any closer than 2 weeks before the event.

Transport: Coach transport will be available from the finish location to the start, BEFORE the event begins (i.e. leave your car at the finish). Must be booked at the same time as entering. Cost £12

Race numbers: Participants to collect on the day at registration

Cut off: Finish by 11 pm, with cut offs also at Burnham & Stiffkey

Drop bag: : A small (e.g. 10L) drop bag can be transported to Burnham Overy Staith. These need to be clearly labelled with your name and race number

Personal drinks: Boxes for each checkpoint will be available at registration for runners personal drinks. These need to be clearly labelled with your name and race number

Refreshments: Checkpoints at approx. every 20km – Harpley, Thornham, Burnham Overy Staith (bag drop), Stiffkey & Weybourne

First aid: First-aiders will be present at the Start/Finish and along the course. If you develop medical problems, please alert the nearest marshal and prompt assistance will be provided.

Special info: No participant will be allowed to leave a checkpoint after 8 pm without a headtorch

Friends/family: Supporters are most welcome at our events.

Contact: Kevin Marshall on 07955 495016


Event Organiser
Kevin Marshall (Positive Steps Events)



Elevation: Very little change < 500 metres. Benign running terrain, not technical.

Suitable for: First ultra runners completing a marathon or doing regular long distance running in the last six months.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1000 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed at least one ultra distance race (or similar event) or are doing long distance running (>26 miles) regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 1500 metres

Suitable for: Runners who have completed several ultra distances or similar events, or are doing long distance running regularly, with elevation shown.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with some challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity or heat) and or technical terrain

Suitable for: Experienced runners who have completed at least regular ultra distances in last 12 months, or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races may be subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements.


Elevation: Increase of up to 2000 metres with very challenging climatic conditions (e.g. ice, snow, humidity, heat or at high altitude) and or technical terrain.

Suitable for: Very experienced long distance ultra runners (min 3 years’ experience) or are doing regular long distance running (>50 miles) with elevation and conditions shown (where possible). Admission to these races is often subject to evidence of recent qualifying race participation and recent medical examination certificate. Purchase of specialist kit is often recommended for these races.

Endurance - Multi-activity

Type: An ultra distance race including at least two of the following activities such as running, swimming, cycling, kayaking, skiing and climbing. It may also include different climatic conditions (eg ice, snow, humidity, cold water, mud or heat).

Suitable for: Experienced multi-skilled athletes who have trained for the different activities included in this event. Admission to these races may be subject to receipt of a recent medical examination certificate. Check with the race organiser regarding entry requirements and any specialist equipment required such as a wetsuit, skis or a mountain bike.

Global - Virtual

Type: A virtual race which can be run at any time shown on the dates shown, on any type of terrain in any country.

Suitable for: For runners from beginners to experienced as you choose your own course and challenge based on the guidelines and options set by the virtual race organiser.

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07:48 16-07-16

The Norfolk 100 2016
A low key event that for me is local, this is my longest run to date. Castle acre to Cromer, I found this a really enjoyable event. A varied terrain course starting on road to trail and following the costal path, including the shingle beach from Cley to Weybourne. The views were a real treat certainly got to see lots more of Norfolk than I would have normally seen. The checkpoints were well stocked and the marshals helpful and friendly. Although the course is marked a map might be helpful as there are a few places were you could get lost. The Norfolk 100 through positive steps is one of part of 3 races that qualify for The Grand Slam, for which you get a glass tankard highly recommend this ultra.

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03:28 07-07-16

An absolutely fantastic race with stunning scenery and great organisation.
I'm such a fan of the Norfolk coast and genuinely think it's the most beautiful part of the U.K. ( quite a statement I know )

This is the kind of low key race that I absolutely love and is everything that's great about Ultra running in the U.K, the race start was wonderful example of this.....
The race started in a beautiful village but we all had to talk in hushed tones so as not to wake the locals. There was no Klaxon to signal the start but just a very Whispered 'Go'

The course is very easy to follow but that didn't stop me getting lost after mile 10 and running and extra 4 miles. I have no idea how this happened ! The Pedders way ( first 20 miles ) is very very well signposted.

Checkpoints were extremely well run with plenty of fluids and calories and volunteers knew the course profile and all the mileage stats to the next CP. often this is is not the case and you get an approximate guess but these guys were always spot on !

I don't think the course is too challenging. ( this does depend on ability ) the beaches are very runnable, in fact probably my fastest miles all day were on Wells beach ( Mile 35+)
The shingle beach as mentioned before is a little arduous but it's more tedious than a real killer.
I personally loved the last 10 miles. It's is a little hilly as its a very typical British cliff top path, I enjoyed power hiking the hills and running the downs.
Once again I somehow managed to get lost with 5 miles to go. This is totally my fault again and I must stress the course is very well marked. I was having so much fun ( no really ) that I missed the marker for the course diversion.

In conclusion it's a fantastic 100k on so many fronts and I'm looking forward to 2017 already.

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10:04 01-07-16

Fantastic route with a variety of trails, bridleways, roads, boardwalks, beaches and roads. The aid stations were well stocked with friendly, supporting crew to give encouragement.

Whether it's your first, like mine, or you're a seasoned ultra runner, I'm sure you will find some thing to enjoy along the Norfolk Coast and Peddars Way trail.

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03:57 30-06-16

What an amazing race!! This is definitely one to be repeated!! Another well organised event from Positive Steps with some fantastic scenery and challenging terrain. Anyone looking for a good (challenging) 100Km this is certainly one for your diary........

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03:29 30-06-16

Think Norfolk would be flat, dull and un-challenging? Think again. The Norfolk 100k is one of the most varied and challenging 100k races I have run. It starts halfway up the Peddars Way long distance trail at Castle Acre, travels north to the coast at Holme and then follows the Norfolk Coastal Path around to Cromer. The Peddars Way section is straightforward and runnable trail which becomes quite rolling toward the coast. The scenery is pleasant but nothing compared to the North Norfolk coast which is endlessly stunning.

It's the coastal section of the race that provides the challenge. Firstly with a couple of miles of sandy beach at Holkham. An exposed and slightly mind-bending section of flood bank at Brancaster follows and then the (infamous) beach section at Cley. You hit this 4.5 mile section of loose shingle at the 51 mile mark and it is brutal. If the tide is out you can drop down the beach onto slightly firmer ground but the sacrifice is running along a slope of about 30 degrees gradient. Both options are deeply uncomfortable! Much muttering ensues!! Once you clear this stretch the terrain for the last 10k becomes very hilly, which is something of a departure for Norfolk and not what you would expect. The final leg is a real test for body and mind.

The race is low key but friendly and very well organised. Support is excellent as are the aid stations. The marshalls are superstars as is race director Kevin, The medal is one of my absolute favourites.

I think it is destined to become a bit of a classic. But I'd rather the secret didn't get out quite yet.

The actual race distance is 105k (about 54 miles) which is worth knowing in advance or it could be a little demoralising in the latter stages.

I'd highly recommend the race although maybe not as your first 100k. It is a challenging event and you need to be in good shape to get the most out of it, But if you have done one or two longer events it is will worth putting on your list for 2017. The best way to see Norfolk without a doubt - in my view every bit as stunning and brutal as racing in Cumbria just in different ways.

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12:12 30-06-16

This was my first ultra and a big step up from a marathon my previous longest race. It was very well organised and the organisers provided wonderful support. The distance had to be increased a bit because of permissions, and I went a bit astray a couple of times (my fault). I did 114k in the end. Whilst the course was pretty straightforward , it was a hot day. Out of 55 starters only 45 finished and as I believe I was the oldest competitor I am rather pleased! The course itself was mainly off-road so I would personally recommend trail shoes! The worst bit was a 5 mile stretch of shingle beach which was horrendous to run over. I actually recovered remarkably well and within a week had booked a midnight marathon for mid July. I have also booked a 50k in November organised by the same company as the 100k. I would thoroughly recommend this ultra.

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