Ipswich JAFFA have been staging the only Ekiden held in the UK for over 20 years, and it is now a well established fixture in the local racing calendar. It attracts runners from all over East Anglia, with the 2017 event having a record entry of 200 teams. There is a Junior Ekiden for those aged under 16.

Runners in both events will be given a unique returnable timing chip to insure accurate race times.

The 26.2 mile race will be run by teams of six as a relay. Legs: 1 x 7.2km, 3 x 5km and 2 x 10km

Club teams and social and business teams are all welcome and there will be prizes in both categories.

The Junior race will be run by teams of 4 as a relay – (Under 16s only with under 8s to run with an adult). Legs: 4 x 1.1 miles

There will be a pay barbeque, refreshments and ice creams available on the day.

On site changing available but we will NOT have access to the School showers.


The race will take place in the grounds of Woodbridge School (Burkitt Road, Woodbridge, Suffolk, IP12 4JH). The accurately measured multi-terrain 2.5k course, which weaves around the school grounds is virtually flat so we should see some fast times.

Click on the course maps for more detail:


A very positive aspect of the Ekiden is it’s Charitable aims. All the profits from the race are donated to charity. The proceeds of the 2017 event will be donated to The Cancer Campaign in Suffolk (CCS) and Suffolk Young People’s Health Project (4YP).

The CCS has no affiliation to ANY national charity or organisation and provides vital services for patients who have been diagnosed with cancer. They do this through the John Le Vay Cancer Information Centre at Ipswich hospital and in the wider community. They have around 4000 visits to the centre each year to access the support, information, advice and complementary therapies that they provide after a cancer diagnosis and throughout the various cancer treatments.


For 2019 we welcome our main sponsors Elisons Solicitors.



Entry for 2019 is now full!


Woodbridge School, Woodbridge IP12 4JH www.woodbridge.suffolk.sch.uk

Senior Race

The seniors 26.2 mile race will be run by teams of six as a relay. Minimum age 16 (15 years old for 5k). Stage distances are: leg 1 – 7.2k; leg 2 – 5k; leg 3 – 10k; leg 4 – 5k; leg 5 – 10k; leg 6 – 5k.

Race limit: 200 teams

Race start: 10:20

Please note, if one member of the team is not affiliated, the whole team must  enter as non-affiliated and you will automatically be classed as social/business. Affiliated teams cannot enter the social/business class.

Smaller running clubs are welcome to join forces and enter composite teams (please declare all clubs represented on your entry form), or alternatively enter mixed teams which will automatically be entered into the men’s open class.

Junior Race

The Junior race will be run by teams of 4 as a relay – (Under 16s only with under 8s to run with an adult)

Teams will be expected to complete the race within 40 to 45 minutes. Junior

Race limit: 60 teams

Legs: 4 x 1.1 mile

Race start: 09:30

Other Info

More detailed race rules (for both races) and entry form can be found here.

Chip Timing: We will have chip timing for the race managed by Chip Timing UK. This year we will have a back up timing mat on the course and will video the race. Race numbers will run sequentially to match the chip numbers allocated. This means that the first Team will be 1A, 2B, 3C, 4D, 5E and 6F, Team 2 will be 7A, 8B, 9C, 10D, 11E and 12F, etc

Results: Chip Timing UK will provide a large screen with a live stream of results, showing the top 5 teams in each category. There will be results booths  or individual results

Online Team Declaration

Registering a team via the link does not guarantee you an entry, this portal is for use of registering your team membership. Entry is conditional on you paying the entry fee. Once the race is full if you register a team then it will be included on a reserve list. Race entry details are available here.

Please note that both races are now full. Further places may be made available if we are able to secure additional parking. Please use the contact form at the bottom of this page if you wish to be included on the reserve list.

Team captains can now register with our online portal to declare their teams.

You can make as many changes as you like and the submitted teams prior to race day will be taken as the final team declaration.

You can also see what other teams have entered and search by name, club or category!

Race Day Information

    • Parking will be tight so please car share where possible. We have a dedicated coach/minibus parking area.
    • If you have equipment to drop off please arrive before 8 am. Once the course is up there will be no access and you will have to carry equipment to the venue. The junior race starts at 09:30 and the Senior immediately after that has finished (approx. 10:20)
    • The School are providing the catering which will include hot food, and refreshments. No barbeques are permitted.
    • No dogs are allowed on site as it’s a School premises
    • The School changing rooms will be available but NOT the showers or toilets as the water supply will have been turned off. There will be a block of 20 x portaloos
    • We will dismantle the course behind the final runner.
    • Please bring gazebos, flags as these all add to the occasion.
    • We will have a 52 inch screen displaying the top 5 teams in each category
    • The race is chip timed, please make sure the runners wear the same chip number as their race number.
    • Race day is usually a warm day. We will have bottled water for the runners but please bring your own supplies.
    • There will be a sponge station



2019 Team Results

Men’s Open

  1. Colchester Harriers Senior Men A 2:24:45
  2. Fram Flyers Men Open 2:28:32
  3. Ipswich JAFFA Mens Open A 2:29:34

Ladies Open

  1. Ipswich JAFFA Ladies Open A 2:46:04
  2. Colchester Harriers Senior Ladies A 2:48:23
  3. Hadleigh Hares Womens Open A 3:01:35

Other categories

  • Male Vets – Colchester Harriers M40 A 2:29:51
  • Ladies Vets –  Ipswich JAFFA Ladies Vets A 3:16:36
  • Mens Super Vets – Colchester Harriers M50 A 2:40:52
  • Ladies Super Vets – BUNGAY BLACK DOG TEAM 3 (THE HOT DOGS ) FSV 3:06:41
  • Mixed – Waveney Valley AC A MX 2:33:43
  • Over 60s – NNBR Young Ones – 60s 3:21:50
  • Over 70s – St Edmund Pacers Mens vet 70s 4:08:29
  • Social/Unaffiliated – Kruisers Pushing Limits 2:41:38

Fastest Legs

  • 7.2K: Andrew Rookie, 22:32, Laura Shrewbridge, 26:53
  • 5K:  Charlie Wakefield, 16:39,  Helen Davies, 18:0
  • 10K: Adrian Mussett, 32:43, Helen Davies, 36:02

Result History

The most frequent winners of the Mens Open event have been Ipswich Harriers, with more than 10 wins to their credit (since the late 1990s), City of Norwich and Bury Pacers have each won the race once in recent years. Ipswich JAFFA has won in 2012 and 2013 with Colchester Harriers wining the open event in 2014.

Fastest team times – since 2007:

Been at Woodbridge since 2014

  • Mens Open – Ipswich Harriers – 2010, 2:19:19
  • Ladies Open – West Suffolk AC  – 2016, 2:43:02
  • Mixed – Ipswich Harriers – 2018,  02:29:03
  • Mens Vets (aged 40 plus) – Colchester Harriers AC – 2019, 02:29:51
  • Ladies Vets (aged 35+) – St Edmund Pacers – 2018, 02:58:58
  • Male SuperVets  – Colchester Harriers AC – 2019, 2:40:52
  • Female SuperVets – Bungay Black Dog RC – 2019, 3:06:41
  • Over 60s  – North Norfolk Beach Runners – 2019, 03:21:50
  • Over 70s – North Norfolk Beach Runners – 2018, 03:58:01
  • Non affiliated – Kruisers Pushing Limits 2019 – 2:41:38

Past Results

Year Legs Results
2019 Seniors Team Junior Teams
2018  Individuals Seniors Team  Junior Teams
2017 Seniors Team
2016 Seniors Team Juniors Team
2015 Seniors Team Juniors Team
2014 Seniors Team Juniors Team
2013  A  B  C  D   E  F
2012  A  B  C  D   E  F
2011  A  B  C  D   E  F
2010  A  B  C  D   E  F
2009  A  B  C  D   E  F
2008  A  B  C  D   E  F
2007  A  B  C  D   E  F
2006  A  B  C  D   E  F
2005  A  B  C  D   E  F