The second Orwell Park 10k race and fun run will be held on Saturday 18th March 2017 at 2.00pm. The 10km route is run over 
multi-terrain surface through Nacton Village, the Orwell Park Estate and Orwell Park School.  It consists of 2 laps. This race is open to runners aged 15 and over.  
This year there will be two distances in the fun run to accommodate all ages and abilities. The 1.5km and 3km route are run entirely on the school grounds. The 1.5km route consists of 1 lap of the 3km route. All pupils in Years 4 to 8 will run in the 3k fun run. Fancy dress is an option for all fun run participants. Children aged 8 and under are welcome to run in either the 1.5k or 3k run but must be accompanied by an adult. Adults are also welcome to run in this event.

The races will raise money for Orwell Park’s three chosen charities for this year which are:
  • 1.5k and 3k Fun Run: £5 - All pupils in Years 4 to 8 will be charged £5 on their end of term bill.
  • 10k Race: £15
Entries to both races are now open and anyone wishing to participate should use the on-line entry form here...

The deadline for all race entries is at midnight on Wednesday 8th March. There will be no entries available after this date or on the day. The 10k race is limited to 100 entries. Race numbers can be collected prior to the start from the registration desk. Refunds cannot be issued in the eventuality that a registered runner is unable to compete.

Race Numbers

Chip Timing UK will be providing numbers for all runners. Your race number can be collected on the day from the desk, which will be clearly marked. These will be available from 12.30pm onwards.  

Race Day Car Parking

Parking is available at Orwell Park School. Participants are asked to arrive no earlier than 12.30pm and no later than 1.30pm. Any cars arriving after this time will be asked to park in the overflow car park in Nacton village which is a five minute walk from the school.  Please do not park on nearby residential streets in such a way that will either inconvenience local residents or block the running route. 

The planned finish time for this event is 3.30pm at which point cars will be allowed to leave safely. 


There will be no access to the internal building on the day. Toilets will be available near the start of the races. Tents will be provided for changing but there will be no secure storage facilities.

Start Details

The start line for all races is at the front of Orwell Park School. 
  • The 10k race will start promptly at 2.00pm, but please ensure that you are at the start line by 1.55pm to hear any last minute announcements.
  • The 1.5k and 3k fun run will start shortly after the 10k race. All runners in this race should congregate at the assembly area (the lawn at the front of the school), at 1.40pm so that they are ready to move to the start line after the 10k runners have departed.
Race Details

The 10km course (shown in yellow on the Route Map) consists of 2 x 5km laps. From the Orwell Park School gates, there is a short 200m ascent into the village as you make your way to Camilla Court. This part of the race is entirely on the road. The next stage of the race is through the Orwell Park Estate, which is mainly a dirt track and grass. There is one more short piece of road (on the Ipswich Road) before you make your way towards Orwell Park School. There are no road closures for this race. Marshalls will be placed around the course to direct runners and to ensure their safety. They will not be able to stop vehicles passing and therefore runners are advised to take care and be alert to motorists, running on the left side of the road where applicable. 

Please note that headphones should not be worn throughout the race. 

The 1.5km and 3km course (shown in blue on the Route Map) starts in the same position as the 10k race but heads onto the school grounds behind the school. The route is the same for both, with the 3km course consisting of 2 x 1.5km laps.

Water Station
  • In the 10k race runners will pass a water station at the end of their first lap and this will be based near the start line at the front of the school.  This is marked on the map.
  • In the 1.5k and 3k fun run, water will be available at the end of the run.

The finish line for both races is in the same position as the start line, at the front of the school.

The event will be finished by approximately 3.30pm and it is hoped that all runners will be finished by this time! 

Timing, Results and Awards

Chip Timing UK offers disposable timing chips. Results are available as soon as finishers cross the line and they aim to have printed results on display within a maximum of around five minutes of a runner finishing.

All runners will receive a medal at the end of the races. There will also be trophies awarded to the following:
  • 1.5k and 3k Fun Run
    • Best fancy dress
    • 1st U7 Girl/ U7 Boy
    • 1st U9 Girl/ U9 Boy
    • 1st U11 Girl/ U11 Boy
    • 1st U13 Girl/ U13 Boy
  • 10k Race
    • 1st, 2nd, 3rd female
    • 1st, 2nd, 3rd male
    • 1st 15-19, 40-49, 50-59, 60+ male and female (unless already awarded an overall 1st/2nd/3rd race prize)
These will be awarded at 3.15pm at the front of the school.


Tea and coffee will be available for everyone from 1.45pm. There will also be cakes available to buy, kindly provided by the Friends of Orwell Park.


If you have any questions regarding this event please email

We would like to thank the Bence-Jones family for allowing us to run on the Orwell Park Estate for this event.

Thanks go also to our sponsors:

The Green Family