Lakeside Run Challenge

What is the Lakeside Run Challenge?

The Lakeside Challenge originated in the idea that runners of all abilities could run the same route and all finish together, slightly different from a Park Run or a normal race. Its basis is a social run.

It works because of a staggered start. All runners can finish more or less together. As we also love cake we have included some cake, a cuppa and chat once everyone comes in. Making it really sociable.

The run works by starting the stop watch at 9am with everyone having a target finishing time of 10.20am. Each runner starts on the minute closest to their expected run time. For example, if your 5km run time is 30 mins you would start at 9.50am or if your 10km run time is 50mins you would start at 9.30am.

As this is a social event runners are welcome to run in small groups or on their own. It all depends who is about and what you feel on the day.

The distances are 3.5k, 5k and 10k. Its your choice. The 3.5km run is a great distance for juniors and adults. Its a lovely loop of the lake. The longer distances are based upon the Norwich Tri run course.  It does include a bit of off road and can get muddy. Its a great little course and will help build strength and speed. If you are unsure of the course then ask, because its likely someone will happily run with you.

We’d rather people were cautious on their predictions so finished slightly ahead of time, rather than finished way behind their time. This enables our volunteers to join in on the cake action!

To give some competition and make this a challenge, we would like you to run as many of the events as you can. We have scheduled 6 starting in October. For each monthly challenge for the different distances, the runner nearest to a 10:20am finish, will get 10 points. Over the 6 events we will add up the total points and have the Lakeside Run Challenge winners.

The Club will provide the tea and coffee, and would really appreciate you bringing some cakes to share!

If you wish to participate you should book via the usual TA training pages. Each Lakeside Challenge will be on the last Sunday of the month from October through to March.

We can host a group of 30 people so plenty of capacity and the more the merrier. 

2023/24 Dates

29th Oct 2023

26th Nov 2023

24th Dec 2023 – Christmas Fancy Dress optional

28th Jan 2024

25th Feb 2024

31st March 2024


Strava Segment for Norwich 10k course = http://app.strava.com/segments/5993141?filter=overall

Strava Segment for the Norwich 5k course = https://www.strava.com/segments/12585609?filter=overall

We are able to run many of our events because we have such lovely members who volunteer! 

If you are unable to run at the moment but fancy being part of the fun, or if you could give up one run for the 6, your assistance would be very welcome. We need a small number of helpers to aid with timekeeping, starting the runners at the right time, recording names at the finish, and opening and closing the gate into the picnic meadow.

Cost: There is no fee, but cake donations are gladly accepted for the post run social.

Please park in the Country Park’s car parks rather than on the roadside. In case you don’t know Tri-Anglia members get a significant discount on annual parking permits find out more here Application for parking permits.

The series results will be based on the best three times closest to 10.20am in the current series.

2023 Lakeside Run Challenge Results

Results so far in the 2023 series

PointsNumber of Runs
Mens 5k
Chris Harding101

Ladies 10K
Coral Drane192
Karen Doak162

Ladies 5K
Fay Wheeler192
Sarah Haigh101
Allison Ragosa101

Mens 10k
Mark Clues182
Paul Saunders132

Junior 3.5K
Joe Noller101
James Noller101

Updated 3/12/2023

Previous series Successes

Ladies 10k SeriesMen 10k SeriesLadies 5k SeriesMen 5k SeriesSpecial Mention
2021-22Nicole BeckMark CluesNicole BeckPieter MacKeithSonia Walker – Commitment
2018-19Louise MarsdenMark CluesAli MastersonDominic Clues 
Most Improved
2017-18Becky SchofieldOli MilkAgata MilkLuke LyndsRuth Lynds, Alan Dawson, Hannah Rees
2016-17Becky SchofieldPieter MacKeithSuzanne HillLuke LyndsStephen Long
2015-16Becky SchofieldJoe HawesBillie Butler Vince Butler
2014-15Hayley BartrumIain Robertson  Deb Carter
2013-14Becky SchofieldSimon Brierley   
2012-13Becky SchofieldMark Clues   
2011-12Becky SchofieldLee Calderon   
2010-11Becky SchofieldLee Calderon   
2009-10 Lee Calderon   
2008-09 Pete Newton   
2007-08 Nigel Hodge   
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