Stowmarket Striders
Running Club

Ekiden Relay - 16th July

Ekiden Relay Race - 16th July 2017, 10am.

Venue: Woodbridge School, Woodbridge, IP12 4JH


We are now collecting names to make up 10 teams for the Ekiden Relay race. If you would like to be part of a team, please email us on or let Ritchie Parkins or Melody-Anne Neville know at a club night.  Please ensure you provide the following details: - Full name, age (on day), recent 5k/10k time or prediction and preferred distance at the race.

Please note that we really do welcome all abilities and speeds. The only mandatory criteria is that you are a fully paid up member of Stowmarket Striders and you can run at least 5 kilometres. It's a great team event and very popular, so get your name down quickly. If you're quite new to the club it's an ideal opportunity for us to all to get together.

The Ekiden is a race which originated in Japan where teams of runners competed in a relay over long distances. Ipswich Jaffa have been staging the only Ekiden held in the UK for over 20 years and it is now a well-established fixture in the local racing calendar. It attracts runners from all over East Anglia.

THE MAIN RACE (all 26.2 miles of it) will be run with teams of 6 as a relay made up of the following legs:

Legs 1 - 7.2k, Leg 2 - 5k, Leg 3 - 10k, Leg 4 - 5k, Leg 5 - 10k, and Leg 6 - 5k

The accurately measured 2.5k course weaves around the school grounds so makes for great viewing and is run on a multi-terrain course within private grounds.

Trophies will be awarded (one per team) as follows:

1st, 2nd, & 3rd Men's Open Teams
1st, 2nd, & 3rd Ladies Open Teams
1st, 2nd, & 3rd Mixed team (minimum 2 female runners to score)
1st Men's Vets Team M40+
1st Ladies Vets Team F35+
1st Super Vets Team (can be mixed) F45+ & M50+
1st Super Vets Team Female Only F45+
1st Team over 60 (male/female, any combination accepted)
1st Team over 70 (male/female, any combination accepted)
Individual trophies will be awarded too the fastest man and lady over each of the distances, i.e. 7.2k, 5k and 10k

BBQ, refreshments & ice creams will be on sale on the day.

Once again, we will be challenging our Strider’s teams to race against each other to try and win the “Captain’s Cup” - it’s simple, if your team is the fastest Strider team you win our challenge. 

All members must be fully paid up at the time of team selection and competitors must wear the Striders race vest with black shorts/leggings.

If you have any questions then please don't hesitate to ask us.

Looking forward to hearing from you,


Ritchie & Melody-Anne

Mens & Ladies Team Captains