Stowmarket Striders
Running Club

Ekiden Relay

2018 Event: Sunday 15th July, 10am (9.30am for Juniors)

Venue: Woodbridge School, Woodbridge, IP12 4JH

Team Captains are now taking names for the Ekiden Relay - please email your name, date of birth and 5k/10k time (or estimate) and preferred distance to

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, with the 2014 event having a record entry of over 150 teams. Striders teams regularly compete and is open to all members, whatever your ability.

The Junior event is for under 16s only, but children aged 8 or under must run with an adult.

The 26.2 mile race will be run by teams of six as a relay. Legs: 1 x 7.2km, 3 x 5km and 2 x 10km

The Junior race will be run by teams of 4 as a relay – (Under 16s only with under 8s to run with an adult). Legs: 4 x 1.1 mile

The race will take place in the grounds of Woodbridge School (Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4JH). The accurately measured multi-terrain 2.5k course, which weaves around the school grounds is virtually flat so we should see some fast times. 

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 Mixed team (minimum 2 female runners to score)
  • 1st Men's Vets Team
  • 1st Ladies Vets Team
  • 1st Super Vets Team (can be mixed)
  • Individual trophies will be awarded too the fastest man and lady over each of the distances, i.e. 7.2k, 5k and 10k
  • Male Vets = 40+ on race day
  • Ladies Vets =  35+ on race day
  • SuperVets = 50+ on race day and ladies 45+ on race day


  • 1st team - 12 and over - male open, female open, mixed teams
  • 1st team - 11 and under - male open, female open, mixed teams

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

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. 

Pay barbeque and drinks available.