The Round Norfolk Relay (RNR) is a fantastic annual club-funded event and a great opportunity for all members to get involved, whether as a runner, or as part of the support team of drivers, cyclists and marshals.
This year’s race takes place on the weekend of 16th and 17th September 2023.
As the name suggests, the Round Norfolk Relay (RNR) is a relay race running 198 miles around the county of Norfolk. Starting in Kings Lynn early on Saturday morning and finishing back in Kings Lynn on Sunday morning, it consists of 17 stages, ranging from 5 to 20 miles, with each team member completing one of the stages. As you might have concluded, some of the stages are run during the day, whilst others are run throughout the night. However, it is this which makes the RNR a unique running event.
There’s a time limit on the race and as a result we must average 8:40 minute miles. However, unlike other clubs that have selective entry and only give their fastest runners a place, HRC try to accommodate all levels of runners as part of the race team. This can only be done if the most confident runners take the longer stages, so they can buy the team time. For every runner that can hold a pace under the average we can have those who run over it.
The event is a lot of work, so we need lots of volunteers to lead or support with one of the following areas:
- Getting a van/support vehicle together
- Organising a team of support cyclists.
- Nighttime keeper (this can be shared to avoid one person being up all night).
- Getting a team of marshals together (we need at least six people to marshal a stage).
If you take part then you probably won’t get much sleep over the weekend, but it’s such a fantastic experience we know you won’t regret it.
For more information see the RNR website