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The Rotary Club of Ipswich East
The Rotary Club of Ipswich East
The Rotary Club of Ipswich East

The Orwell Challenge

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The 44th edition of the biggest multi-charity fundraising event in Suffolk will be on

Sunday 27th of June 2021

The Orwell Challenge is open to walkers and runners. The walk has 3 principal routes of 13, 19 or 25 miles. The run options are either of half marathon or full marathon distances and are fully validated by The Trail Running Association. All routes are well signposted and marshalled and have checkpoints every three or four miles, where drinks, a smiling face and toilet facilities are provided.

Entrants can decide how far they wish to walk or run, with the option to complete a marathon length trail run if required, but you can finish at any checkpoint on the route if you so wish, and will be transported back to HQ.

This is a challenge for all abilities – everyone is welcome to take part – not just the fittest amongst us!

The three main routes are Levington Loop (12 miles), Fishponds Folly (19 miles) or Orwell (25 miles). A free medal and a certificate will be awarded to each entrant, registering before the day, on their return to HQ.

Dogs: Entrants please note that dogs are prohibited on either the walk or run, as the route is partially through private land and we do not have landowner’s permission for dogs.

Start Times for Walkers: HQ opens at 7am for the walkers to start at 7:30am. The last departure for those walking the full 25 miles is 9am, but those walking a shorter route may leave up until 10:30am. High tide may mean that late starters will be transported to an appropriate Checkpoint.

Start Times for Marathon Runners: HQ opens at 6.30am for runners to start at 7:00am. All runners must leave HQ by 7:30am

The Walk and Run begin and end at the Gainsborough Sports Centre, Ipswich, where there is free parking and refreshments available throughout the day. The Walk, and Run, are two separate events, both fully marshalled. Volunteers from Ipswich East Rotary Club and their Associate Members are on hand to lend support to any walkers or runners who have reached their maximum distance and need a ride back to base.

The Walk, and Run, routes follow the banks of the stunning River Orwell as it makes its way towards Felixstowe, returning on inland routes through farmland and wooded sections back to the Gainsborough Sports Centre. Some of the route is over private land so the Walk, and Run, offer the opportunity to see parts of the countryside not usually accessible to the public. For this reason the only dogs allowed on the event are those accompanying visually impaired participants.

Last year’s Walk and Run was supported by almost 800 people, all raising money for their chosen charities or a range of Charities and good causes supported by the Rotary Club.

We are delighted to have the East of England COOP as our main sponsor again this year and we thank them for their continued support.

Walkers, and Runners are encouraged to wear bright colours if they wish, emphasising the colour they bring to the charities they support.



Rotary is a worldwide organisation which was founded in Chicago, USA in 1905. Club membership is made up of a cross-section of the community's business and professional men and women.

The Orwell Challenge

Our Walk & Run, is open to anyone who would like to raise funds for any charitable cause. This could be anything from an international charity to a local scout troop...

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Orwell Challenge Walk & Run

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