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.
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We are pleased to say that for the 2021 event we are partnering with Trees Not Tees to offer participants the option of planting a tree instead of receiving a finisher T-shirt.
Planting a tree is one of the best things you can do to fight climate change, as they remove carbon dioxide from the air as they grow. They also provide a habitat for a wide range of the UK's most endangered and loved species, and create clean air for us to breathe. Your tree will be planted in Scotland to grow as part of a whole new forest. You'll receive a certificate from Trees Not Tees that includes a picture of your tree, details of the species, and a unique geo-location address so you can even go and visit. www.treesnottees.com/... See MoreSee Less