Coastal Walk Challenge | Norwich City Community Sports Foundation
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18th May 2024
Various Start Times
Norfolk Coast Path National Trails

The hugely popular Coastal Walk Challenge is one of our most gruelling, but rewarding, fundraising events.

Along the stunning Norfolk Coastal path, the challenge sees walkers hike to raise funds for the Community Sports Foundation. Walkers can choose to complete one of three distances (6 miles, half marathon and marathon).

Whatever, your chosen distance expect a physically demanding challenge, some beautiful scenery and an unforgettable sense of achievement and emotion when you cross the finish line.

Distances available

What will you get

Please note, entries for Coastal Walk Challenge 2024 are now CLOSED.

For any queries or enquiries, contact us at [email protected]

Explore our event information section, by using the dropdown/tabs below:

6-miles & Half-Marathon
The entry fee is £25 (£20 U16s), with a further agreement to raise a minimum of £50.

Marathon
The entry fee is £30 (£25 U16s), with a further agreement to raise a minimum of £75.

All proceeds raised from the event will support the Foundation’s work with disadvantaged and disabled people across Norfolk.

Fundraising incentives

We have a number of rewards to help encourage you with your fundraising, including:

  • Raise £200 – Photo signed by a Norwich City FC player
  • Raise £350 – 2 x ground tour tickets
  • Raise £450 – Norwich City FC pennant signed by the first team
  • Raise £600 – 2 x Norwich City FC match day tickets (game choice subject to availability)
  • Raise £700 – Norwich City FC football signed by the first team
  • Raise £800 – Norwich City FC shirt signed by the first team
  • Raise £1,500 – Signed & framed Norwich City FC shirt
  • Raise £2,500 – 2 x Norwich City FC match day hospitality tickets (game choice subject to availability)

6 miles
Start: Wells-Next-The-Sea
Finish: Wells-Next-The-Sea
Estimated duration: 2 to 3 hours
View route

Half Marathon (13.1 miles)
Start: Burnham Deepdale
Finish: Wells-Next-The-Sea
Estimated duration: 5 to 6 hours
View route

Marathon (26.2 miles)
Start: Hunstanton
Finish: Wells-Next-The-Sea
Estimated duration: 10 to 12 hours
View route

You will not be alone out there! We have numerous marshals positioned along the route and individual maps will also be provided.

A number of experienced volunteers will be walking sections of the course, too. As it is a national path, it is well-signposted. For more information, click here.

There will be a number of rest stops en-route with free food and hot and cold refreshments available. Toilet facilities are available throughout.

6 Miles

  • Arrival is at 15.00pm
  • The start line is Wells Town Football Club, Beach Road, Wells-Next-The-Sea NR23 1DR, the what three words location is ///moment.winds.drive
  • First Group sets off at 15.30pm

Half Marathon

  • Arrive in Burnham Deepdale for 1pm
  • Start line is The Drove, Burnham Deepdale, King’s Lynn, PE31 8FH. What3Words ///outer.slyly.lotteries
  • First group sets off at 1:30pm
  • You’ll be given a specific start time for your group via email – these will be assigned nearer the event.

Marathon

  • Arrive in Hunstanton from 8:30am.
  • The start line is – Lighthouse Close, Hunstanton, PE36 6EL. The What3Words is ///inflates.pressing.cake.
  • Optional minibus transfer service from finish at Wells Town FC to start, begins from 7:45am. Coach departs at 8am. For more information about this pre-booked service, visit our travel tab.
  • First group sets off at 9am in 15-minute intervals
  • You’ll be given a specific start time for your group via email – these will be assigned nearer the event.

All start times or locations are subject to change. If this is the case, we will update all our sign ups via email.

6-miles and Half-Marathon

Walkers on the 6-mile and half marathon distances are required to make their own travel arrangements.

Free parking is available at Wells Town Football Club, where the challenge finishes.

There is also a Coastal Hopper Bus Service which travels up and down the North Norfolk coast between King’s Lynn and Mundesley. Please note that two different bus companies operate this service, east and west of Wells-next-the-Sea respectively. For timetable information and general enquiries:

Lynx (coastliner) – King’s Lynn to Wells-next-the-Sea

Sanders – Wells-next-the-Sea to Mundesley


Marathon

For those taking on the marathon distance, we have an early morning transfer option available from the finish line at Wells Town Football Club, where you can leave your car, to the start line.

This is a pre-booked service, with the limited spaces available on a first-come, first served basis. If you would like to book yourself on, please email our team – the cost is £5.

All distances

  • Walking boots or trainers (essential). If they are new, remember to wear them in.
  • Good socks and spares
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Rucksack (not essential)
  • Baselayers
  • Sun cream
  • Gloves
  • Water bottle or bladder for rucksack
  • Personal medical essentials

Each walker will be provided with an official challenge t-shirt.

You may need to invest in kit and equipment. We recommend visiting Go Outdoors, as you will be eligible for charity discount on most purchases.

We also recommend you wear the clothing you plan to wear on the event in your training walks, to ensure you are comfortable in them.

Use any nutrition products in your training if you have not used them before (such as gels) as they have been known to react in different ways with people.

We would advise that you build up your training with regular 6 miles walks, progressing to longer distances. Walking sections of the route in the build-up to the challenge is also very useful; you’ll experience different surfaces that you will encounter en-route.

All distances:

  • Team of 8 or more (walking the same distance)
  • 10% off
  • Feed stations
  • Food & refreshments
  • Dedicated support team with bag transfers
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Official challenge t-shirt
  • Photos on the walk
  • Opportunity for a team photo at the nest and a chance to see a session linked to where your fundraising goes
  • Entry into our Corporate competition

For further information on this events please email – [email protected]

Coastal Construction prizedraw

Coastal Construction prizedraw

Enter the Coastal Walk Challenge this year and you could win executive tickets for a Canaries fixture, courtesy of Coastal Construction.

The lucky winner drawn from anyone that signs-up to a challenge event in 2024, will receive four tickets for a home fixture in Coastal Construction’s executive box next season.

Find out more

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I walk with my dog or pet?

Unfortunately, for a number of reasons, we are unable to allow dogs to take part, with the exception of assistance dogs.

Where does my fundraising go?

All proceeds raised from the event will support the Foundation’s work with disadvantaged and disabled people across Norfolk. Take a look at how the charity changes lives here.

Can I walk with my friends?

Of course! On the entry form, please let us know who’d you’d like to walk with, and we’ll ensure you are in the same group.

I need to change my information. Help!

To change any of your details after signing up, please contact us.

I’ve got an injury and can no longer participate. Can I withdraw?

We look at this on a case-by-case scenario. Speak to us, and we will help find the best solution.

Can I fundraise offline?

Yes. See our offline fundraising form here. We will communicate how to send the money after the event.

Can I run the route?

We do not allow our participants to run the event. This is non-competition event. The event is fully supported, and all our timings for event support are based on walking pace.

Are there toilet facilities?

Yes, toilets are available at start and finish locations, along with each refreshment station. There are also a number of additional public toilets on the route.

What is the minimum age to take part?

All distances are open to all ages.

However, to sign up to the event, you must be 16 or over. Any under-16s will need to be accompanied by an adult.

How fit do I need to be?

Our Coastal Challenges are – to state the obvious – a challenge. However, with the right amount of training, you should be successful in completing the challenge. If you’d like a bespoke training plan or suggested training walking routes to help you prepare, please get in touch.

If you have never completed a walking event with us before, we suggest trying a shorter distance first; you can always sign up to the longer challenges next year!

How long does it take to complete the challenge?

Please see the routes tab above to see our estimated finish times. Due to health and safety reasons, there will be cut off times at each rest stop and finishing area.

Are my family and friends allowed to support me?

Of course. Encourage you friends and family to wave you off at the start line and welcome you home at the finish line.

Will there be refreshments on route?

Yes. As part of your entry fee, we will provide you with all the food and drink you’ll need to get round. All dietary requirements will be catered for, and you can specify these on your entry form.

What do I need to bring with me?

Please see our equipment list section.

What health & safety measures have you taken?

A full risk assessment has been completed for the challenge, and all walkers will be issued with a copy and asked to sign a consent form.

All marshals will have first-aid equipment with them. If you use specific medication, we strongly recommend you carry it with you.

Can I volunteer for the challenge instead? 

These events would not be possible without our volunteers. If you’d like to get involved with any of our events, please contact us.

What are some useful navigation tools to download prior to the challenge? 

 what3words is a great tool to find our rest stop locations and know you are all on track; in the worst case, it’ll help our support teams find you if you get lost! We will give all our walkers the what3words locations for all our rest stops.

 

Event recaps

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"Pain is temporary, pride is forever. Coastal Walk Challenge was truly memorable and the organisation phenomenal."

Tom Bailey

Coastal Challenger

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