BROADS ADVENTURE SERIES -

BURE VALLEY

LIFT YOUR GAME

Supported by the Colchester Inns

REGISTRATION PACK

SUP, Ride & Run the Rivers of the Norfolk Broads

PRE-RACE REGISTRATION PACK

 

Thanks for entering our event.  We’re working hard to make sure that you have a great adventure and experience on October 7th.  Sarah and Giles have been pounding the running route: 10km to almost the exact metre of the Bure Valley: taking in the very river and ethos that this event is all about.  The water’s clear and will be all ours on race day, and we’re excited to send you off on your bikes to explore even further up the river and past some of the treats around the Bure.

 

Anyway, enough sentimentality, no doubt you want details and information.  Here goes.  As ever, this is a trial event and we’re trying to ensure that we provide the most useful, comprehensive information at the right time to make sure you’re both fully informed and excited.  Do let us know if there’s anything more we need to share!

 

BROADS ADVENTURE SERIES – THE DETAILS FOR THE BURE VALLEY TRIAL

 

WHERE

 

Hautbois Activity Centre, 5 Gt Hautbois Road, Coltishall, NR12 7JN.  On an OS map it’s at grid ref. TG266203.

 

Note that practice paddling for those that want on Saturday 6th October will be hosted either at the Rising Sun Pub at the other end of Coltishall common.  Let us know if you plan to come and have a go, and we’ll let you know where.

Click HERE for a map.

 

PARKING

 

On going through the entrance follow signs to the car park.  There should be plenty of room.  Please be considerate of other users of the centre and park sensibly.

 

The event itself will be hosted out of the building just downhill from the car park.  Again, this should be obvious, and there will be signage to direct you.

Click HERE to see a map of the event location.

 

WHEN

 

SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER – SUP lessons.  Free for all at one of the locations in the previous paragraph from 1400-1600.  We’ll have plenty of kit and an instructor on hand for you to hone your skills.

 

SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER – Event day!

 

Event will be open from 0915.  Please be prompt, especially if you’re on the first start, because we need to get you away sharp at 1000 in order to get you back before the Activity Centre want us to pack up.  NOTE THAT THESE TIMES ARE EARLIER THAN ORIGINALLY ADVERTISED.

 

0915 : Registration opens

0945 : Brief and Warm up for the first starters

1000 : 1st start

1100: 2nd start

 

After that, it’s really up to you to get round the course.

 

We’ll aim to get everyone back together at about 1415 for a debrief (this event is all about feedback please!) and spot prizes which have been generously donated by the Colchester Inns group.

 

After that we’d love a hand clearing up.

 

For those of you hanging around in Norfolk, we’ll then be heading off to the Colchester Inns’ Rising Sun pub, just a little bit further down the Bure.

 

INDIVIDUAL START TIMES:

 

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Your numbers will be given to you on the day of the event along with safety pins!

ON ARRIVAL

 

On arrival please come and see Giles at the registration desk inside the building.  You’ll be given a race number and we'll confirm your start time.  This is also the place where you should declare any pre-existing medical conditions so we know and can keep an eye on you.  The main aim is to make sure everyone goes home safely at the end of the day.  Once you’re checked-in, please do get yourself set up.  Transition will be outside the registration area so feel free to leave bicycles and equipment where you want in preparation.  It won't be professional triathlon style we're afraid, but there should be plenty of space for you to set youself up on the grass. 

 

FACILITIES

 

The centre has kindly given us a building that has both toilet and shower facilities.  Please do use, but leave them in the state you would like to have found them.  These are not changing facilities: come dressed ready to go, or change at your cars please!

 

In the registration area will be water and tea/coffee making facilities.  Please use these as you wish.

 

For this trial event we won’t be supplying rehydration/sports drink powders or gels (watch this space for the next event where we will!).  If you want these, please bring your own.

 

Because of the proximity of the car park, we won’t be providing a baggage drop.  Please leave anything you don’t need for the race in your cars.  Coltishall and the centre are pretty safe places, but we do suggest you hide valuables and lock your car.  We will happily look after car keys at the registration desk for you for the duration of the event.

 

EQUIPMENT

 

You will need to bring your own kit for the running and cycling phases of the event.  This includes your bicycle…  You must wear a cycling helmet.  We will supply paddleboards, paddles and lifejackets for the paddleboarding.  Due to the obstacles under the water and the surface of the pontoon you will launch from, we do recommend you wear shoes for the paddleboarding.

 

WARM-UP

 

Our very own insanity expert will be on hand to get everyone going before the race starts.  Do join in!

 

TRANSITION

 

The transition point will be just outside the event registration area.  We will make sure there is an adequate water supply positioned there for you to be able to take a drink or refill water bottles.  If you’re lucky there might be bananas and the odd jelly baby too…

 

We intend to put a water station on the run at the half way point.  More details on that on race day.

 

Although the event is in October, Norfolk can be unseasonably hot and dry.  Please make sure that you have sufficient water bottles for the amount of water you think you will need, and make sure you stay hydrated.

 

 

WHAT

 

ROUTES

 

At the bottom of this document you’ll find links to a MapMyRun version of the cycling and running routes.  We’ll provide you with paper copies of the route on the day and GPX files.  The routes will be marked by dayglow green signs to help you find your way.

 

The paddleboard route will be out and back around one of two buoys on the river.  In order to coordinate the two waves, anyone reaching the nearer buoy outside a predetermined time (TBC) will be directed to turn round and head back to the launching area to move onto the next stage, the cycling.  Both buoys will look a lot like fenders and be white.  There should be no other inflatable objects to confuse you in the river!

 

This is the important bit:

 

PLEASE DON’T DROP ANY LITTER DURING ANY STAGE OF THE RACE.  The environment of the event is very sensitive, as are its custodians.  We don’t want to jeopardise any future events.  This includes gel wrappers and water bottles you may grab during the run from the run station.  There will be a bin provide just beyond the water station for you to deposit empties in.

 

THERE ARE TWO MANDATORY FOOT DOWN STOPPING POINTS ON THE CYCLE.  You MUST adhere to this in order to comply with the local constabulary safety requirements for the event.  These are at the two crossings of the A140 east of Aylsham and will be clearly marked both on the road and your paper maps.  You must stop, put your foot down, and take great care to check that the main road is clear before you cross and continue your route.

 

PLEASE GIVE WAY TO WALKERS ON THE RUNNING ROUTE.  The route is on public footpaths and in many places is singletrack.

 

YOU MUST GO THROUGH THE START-FINISH ARCH DURING EACH TRANSITION.  This is our timing point, so we need you to do this so we can record your time!

 

TRIP HAZARDS.  The running route is purposefully off road.  The railway path is flat and smooth.  On your inbound leg you’ll be running down the path that runs alongside the river.  It is strewn with roots and stones: please take care and watch your step.  We will mark anything particularly tricky, but it’s really up to you to keep your eyes peeled.

 

WATER STATIONS

 

We’re putting a water station at the transition point (it might have a few other goodies for you to grab too…). 

Additionally, there will be a water station at the point where the Bure Valley Railway line meets the path out of Hautbois Hall.  You’ll be going through that point twice, so no excuses for not keeping yourselves hydrated.  Again, please don’t discard your water bottles anywhere other than in the bins provided.

 

EMERGENCY NUMBER

 

On the back of your race numbers is a telephone number.  IF you get into trouble, please call that number.  We’ll be on hand to help you in whatever way you need.

 

ACCOMMODATION

 

For those of you coming from a distance there are plenty of ace places to stay: check out:

 

The Recruiting Sergeant in Coltishall

The Black Boy in Aylsham

The Buckinghamshire Arms at Blickling

The Norfolk Mead Hotel in Coltishall

The Bridge B&B in Coltishall

The Wroxham Hotel

There are plenty of campsites for those of you who want to be even more adventurous in October!

 

PADDLEBOARDING

 

Access to the river is down a narrow channel and under a low bridge.  Whilst these present an interesting challenge for you all, it does mean that the first wave of paddleboarders will be sent off at 20 second intervals.  We will adjust times accordingly.  In the unlikely event that we need to do this for the second wave we will do the same.

 

Please be cautious on turning from the channel into the main river and on return in case of other river users.  Similarly, there is a row of blue buoys that splits the channel which accesses the river from the activity centre.  Please stay the side you are briefed so as not to damage the already fragile relationship that the centre has with its neighbours!

 

Not done much/any paddleboarding?  Then join us on the Saturday at Burebank for a bit of tuition!

 

WATER SAFETY

 

All participants will wear lifejackets for the paddleboarding.  There is to be no exception to this.  No participant will be allowed onto the pontoon where the paddleboards are until they are wearing a lifejacket.

 

The water will be chilly, but hopefully clear and fresh.  However, if you do take an unexpected dip, please note the following:

 

Do NOT drink the water

There are some underwater hazards in the form of logs, trunks and branches from fallen trees.  Be careful and keep an eye out. If you see anything hazardous, please shout to the person behind you.  The river bank is strewn with brambles, nettles and trees: where you can, paddle in the middle of the river so that if you do go in, you’re most likely to miss all these.

There may be midges and other biters on the river: do come prepared with anti-insect cream or spray if you think they’ll find you tasty.

 

There will be a rescue canoe (with blue flashing lights and siren) on the river at all times.  In the event that you get into trouble they will come to your aid but you may need to attract attention.  In the event that they do come to help you, please let them do what they need to.

 

WEATHER

 

It’s Norfolk – it doesn’t rain.  Much.  We will run the event unless the weather looks so extreme that we feel there is an unacceptable risk to you all.  In the event that we need to cancel (fingers crossed not) we’ll get in touch with you all individually and via the Paddle, Peddle & Pant Facebook page.

 

FOOD

 

When you finish your race, there’ll be a drink, but for this trial event the plan is for a debrief and grub at the Rising Sun afterwards.

 

PRIZES

 

Spot prizes will be awarded at the discretion of the event organisers, but the one that everyone will really be vying for is the most spectacular capsize of the day.  The river crew will be on the lookout for nominees.  If you must, do come in fancy dress and we’ll assess the best of that too…  Prizes are generously being supplied by the Colchester Inns.

Thanks for entering our event.  We’re working hard to make sure that you have a great adventure and experience on October 7th.  Sarah and Giles have been pounding the running route: 10km to almost the exact metre of the Bure Valley: taking in the very river and ethos that this event is all about.  The water’s clear and will be all ours on race day, and we’re excited to send you off on your bikes to explore even further up the river and past some of the treats around the Bure.

 

Anyway, enough sentimentality, no doubt you want details and information.  Here goes.  As ever, this is a trial event and we’re trying to ensure that we provide the most useful, comprehensive information at the right time to make sure you’re both fully informed and excited.  Do let us know if there’s anything more we need to share!

 

BROADS ADVENTURE SERIES – THE DETAILS FOR THE BURE VALLEY TRIAL

 

WHERE

 

Hautbois Activity Centre, 5 Gt Hautbois Road, Coltishall, NR12 7JN.

 

Parking is on the left as you come through the main entrance.

 

Note that practice paddling for those that want on Saturday 6th October will be at the Rising Sun Pub at the end of Coltishall common.  NR12 7EA.  Let us know if you plan to come and have a go, and we’ll let you know where.

 

***MAP***

 

WHEN

 

SATURDAY 6 OCTOBER – SUP lessons.  Free for all at one of the locations in the previous paragraph from 1400-1600.  We’ll have plenty of kit and an instructor on hand for you to hone your skills.

 

SUNDAY 7 OCTOBER – Event day!

 

Event will be open from 0930.  Please be prompt, especially if you’re on the first start, because we need to get you away sharp at 1000 in order to get you back before the Activity Centre want us to pack up.  NOTE THAT THESE TIMES ARE EARLIER THAN ORIGINALLY ADVERTISED.

 

0930 : Registration opens

0945 : Brief and Warm up for the first starters

1000 : 1st start

1100: 2nd start

 

After that, it’s really up to you to get round the course.

 

We’ll aim to get everyone back together at about 1415 for a debrief (this event is all about feedback please!) and spot prizes which have been generously donated by the Colchester Inns group.

 

After that we’d love a hand clearing up.

 

For those of you hanging around in Norfolk, we’ll then be heading off to the Colchester Inns’ Rising Sun pub, just a little bit further down the Bure.

 

INDIVIDUAL START TIMES:

 

***INSERT***

 

Your participant numbers will be provided to you on the day.  There are three: one for your bike helmets, one for the back of whatever you wear for cycling and…

 

WHAT

 

Firstly, please note that we must remind you that this is not a race!  Enjoy, go as fast as you can or want, and we will provide you with timings, splits, transition times etc, but it is not a race.

 

ROUTES

 

At the bottom of this document you’ll find links to a MapMyRun version of the cycling and running routes.  We’ll provid you with paper copies of the route on the day and GPX files.  The routes will be marked by dayglow green signs to help you find your way.  Due to popular demand, we’re now offering a 10km or 5km route for the run.  Decide on the day – it’s up to you.  Our friendly marshalls at the water station will guide you as to which way to turn for each route.

 

The paddleboard route will be out and back around one of two buoys on the river.  In order to coordinate the two waves, anyone reaching the nearer buoy outside a predetermined time (TBC) will be directed to turn round and head back to the launching area to move onto the next stage, the cycling.  Both buoys will look a lot like fenders and be white.  There should be no other inflatable objects to confuse you in the river!

 

You may want to bring additional footwear for the paddleboarding.  Although you should stay mostly dry, vigorous paddling does tend to wash water over the deck of the boards.  Similarly, do bring a change of clothing to continue the event in just in case your enthusiasm for a fast paddle time sees you take a swim!  If you have a lifejacket that fits, please bring it with you. 

 

And the safety/important bits which you must read please:

 

We will have checked the routes for wasp nests and the like as far as practicable before the event.  However, if you are prone to anaphylaxis, please make sure that you inform us at registration, and that you carry appropriate medication with you for the duration of the event. 

 

PLEASE DON’T DROP ANY LITTER DURING ANY STAGE OF THE RACE.  The environment of the event is very sensitive, as are its custodians.  We don’t want to jeopardise any future events.  This includes gel wrappers and water bottles you may grab during the run from the run station.  There will be a bin provide just beyond the water station for you to deposit empties in.

 

THERE ARE TWO MANDATORY FOOT DOWN STOPPING POINTS ON THE CYCLE.  You MUST adhere to this in order to comply with the local constabulary safety requirements for the event.  These are at the two crossings of the A140 east of Aylsham and will be clearly marked both on the road and your paper maps.  You must stop, put your foot down, and take great care to check that the main road is clear before you cross and continue your route.

 

PLEASE GIVE WAY TO WALKERS ON THE RUNNING ROUTE.  The route is on public footpaths and in many places is singletrack.

 

YOU MUST GO THROUGH THE START-FINISH ARCH DURING EACH TRANSITION.  This is our timing point, so we need you to do this so we can record your time!

 

TRIP HAZARDS.  The running route is purposefully off road.  The railway path is flat and smooth.  On your inbound leg you’ll be running down the path that runs alongside the river.  It is strewn with roots and stones: please take care and watch your step.  We will mark anything particularly tricky, but it’s really up to you to keep your eyes peeled.

 

WATER STATIONS

 

We’re putting a water station at the transition point (it might have a few other goodies for you to grab too…). 

Additionally, there will be a water station at the point where the Bure Valley Railway line meets the path out of Hautbois Hall.  You’ll be going through that point twice, so no excuses for not keeping yourselves hydrated.  Again, please don’t discard your water bottles anywhere other than in the bins provided.

 

EMERGENCY NUMBER

 

On the back of your race numbers is a telephone number.  IF you get into trouble, please call that number.  We’ll be on hand to help you in whatever way you need.

 

ACCOMMODATION

 

For those of you coming from a distance there are plenty of ace places to stay: check out:

 

The Recruiting Sergeant in Coltishall

The Black Boy in Aylsham

The Buckinghamshire Arms at Blickling

The Norfolk Mead Hotel in Coltishall

The Bridge B&B in Coltishall

The Wroxham Hotel

There are plenty of campsites for those of you who want to be even more adventurous in October!

 

 

 

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