The Flower of Suffolk challenge walk on 1 October 2017 was another great success with some key changes taking place this year. Yes, that involved our disappointment in seeing the council charging £4 for the car park, but most importantly of all, we introduced free chocolates for participants at registration. We were delighted with the response to this and are pleased to confirm that we’ll do it again.
The big change! Chocolates at the start – a great idea!
Julian sets off the first wave of eager walkers.
And they’re off!!!
Peter sets off the runners!
The heart of the food operation 🙂
Peter in the hub of the IT area looking for food.
There was disappointment for Julian though when we heard via RAYNET that our very own Brian Smith hadn’t been marked off at checkpoint 1. He was ready to disqualify Brian, but unfortunately it was just a transcribing error and Brian’s result was allowed to stand. Just to add that this isn’t something we look to do with everyone, just Brian 🙂
We hope that all the walkers and runners enjoyed the event, it wasn’t the good weather that we’re used to having, but that all adds to the excitement. As mentioned, we’re disappointed that there was a car parking charge and we’ll look to see what we can do about that in future. However, it was another good turnout and we’re very grateful for so many turning up. And so many thanks to all the marshals who helped to ensure that the event was efficiently and professionally managed 🙂
For anyone who thinks that this looks a lovely day out but doesn’t want to walk or run it, then maybe consider being a marshal. It’d be great to have more marshals available, just to make things easier, so get in touch. We can’t afford lavish pay packets, but you can have all the date balls that you like.
As a final comment, well done again to everyone, it’s a real achievement for everyone. We had someone who was celebrating their 100th marathon, but we also had some for whom this was their first event. All feedback is always appreciated so that we can take it into account for future challenge walks.