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.



Entry for 2018 is now open.


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. 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

Coming soon…



2017 Team Results

Men’s Open

  1. Colchester Harriers MO A
  2. Ipswich JAFFA MO A
  3. West Suffolk MO A

Ladies Open

  1. Ipswich JAFFA LO A
  2. West Suffolk LO A
  3. Colchester Harrier LO A

Other categories

  • Male Vets – Colchester Harriers MV A
  • Ladies Vets –  Ipswich JAFFA LV A
  • Super Vets – Colchester Harriers MSV A
  • Mixed – Ipswich JAFFA MX A
  • Over 60s –  Waveney Valley 60s Team 4
  • Over 70s – North Norfolk Beach Runners Super 70s Too
  • Social/Unaffiliated – Goddard’s Saturday Old Boys

Fastest Legs

  • 7.2K: Ramadam Osman, 24:04, Holly Archer, 26:00
  • 5K: Chris Sellens, 17:07,  Helen Davies, 18:28
  • 10K: Adrain Mussett, 33:03, Helen Davies, 37:09

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:

  • Mens Open – Ipswich Harriers – 2010 2:19:19 (JAFFA best 2:23:41 (2016))
  • Ladies Open – West Suffolk AC – 2016 2:43:02 (JAFFA best 2:48:19 (2016))
  • Mixed – Waveney Valley – 2016 2:37:44 (JAFFA best 2:39:56 (2015))
  • Social – Goddard’s Saturday Old Boys 2014 – 2:49:53
  • Mens Vets (aged 40 plus) – City of Norwich – 2007 2:34:40 (JAFFA best 2014, 2:39:03)
  • Ladies Vets (aged 35+) – Colchester Harriers – 2016 2:59:09 (JAFFA best 2015, 3:09:09)
  • SuperVets (mixed: males aged 50+ / females 45+) – 2016 Colchester Harriers 2:46:41 (JAFFA best 2015, 2:45:36)

Past Results

Year Legs Results
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