Supporters planning on visiting the first checkpoint in Great Thurlow are encouraged to park near the Cock Inn (CB9 7LA) or near the crossroads, where it is a short walk either along the pavement or along the Stour Valley Path itself to the checkpoint location. Be warned, the roads are narrow and facilities are limited around this particular aid station location early in the morning.
Additionally, we request that supporters do not park in the cricket club carpark in Long Melford. There should be parking spaces in the streets nearby.
In addition to the checkpoint locations, there are also a number of other scenic points along the route suitable for parking, supporting and refreshments. For example:
The Cock Inn in Great Thurlow which is very close to the first checkpoint (~12mi into the run) – CB9 7LA;
The Crown in Stoke by Nayland (~53mi into the run) – CO6 4SE;
Flatford, the area that inspired John Constable (~60mi into the run) – CO7 6UL.
Crew / supporters are encouraged not to stand adjacent to or block the checkpoints. Runners will need clear access to all of the checkpoints.
If you are driving, there should be adequate parking very close to the starting location, particularly around Birdcage Walk and Falmouth Avenue. Please note that you will be leaving your car at your own risk.
If you want to look around the Dedham Vale near the finish line, there is a hopper service run by The Stour Valley Landscape Partnership. This runs hourly from Manningtree Train station between 10:00 and 16:00 hours. The hopper stops very close to the finishing line and also runs to Stratford St. Mary, the location of the final checkpoint.
Strong start to entries for both races. We already have 23 signed up to the 100k and the same amount again for the 50k. Running clubs represented include Clapham Chasers, Core Club, Felixstowe Road Runners (Members Only), Haverhill Running Club, Ipswich Triathlon Club, Little Baddow Running & Walking Club "Little Baddow Ridge Runners", Newmarket Joggers, Stowmarket Striders Running Club, Sudbury Joggers, Thorney Running Club, TRISudbury and Wilmslow Striders ... See MoreSee Less
Thanks to everybody who submitted their blogs to ULTRA magazine. They were delighted with the response and the decision-making process took several days of deliberation.They have now chosen a winner, whose experience of the Stour Valley Path race will be included in the next issue of ULTRA magazine. The winner is… Wendy Cook! Wendy’s account of her journey, with her friend - another Wendy - is heart-warming to read and goes to show that hard work and grit can get you through any ultra challenge you set yourself.ULTRA magazine would like to thank the amazing SVP community by offering a discount on subscriptions. To subscribe click this link: ultra.subsail.com/subscribe/and use the code ULTRASVP21 at checkout.Well done Wendy and thanks again everyone for your contributions. ... See MoreSee Less