Broadland: Marriott's Way 10k returns for 13th year

Marriotts Way 10k runners

Hundreds of runners took to a section of Broadland's scenic Marriott's Way on 3 October to to take part in the annual Marriott's Way 10k, which was sponsored by Saffron Housing.

Our popular race - which raises money for Norfolk Trails, a charity that maintains the 26-mile long Marriott’s Way footpath, cycle route and bridle way - saw runners of all ages and abilities compete.

The mostly off-road and generally flat terrain making it a great race choice for beginner and experienced runners alike.

Participants set off from Aylsham in waves, running along a 10 kilometre stretch of one of the popular Norfolk Trails. The race finished in the historic Reepham Market Place where spectators cheered the runners over the finish line.

Businesses and organisations also got involved by getting a team of four together and taking up the MW10k corporate challenge, with the corporate challenge trophy this year being won by Aviva.

Broadland District Councillor Jo Copplestone started the race at the starting point in Aylsham then headed into Reepham to cheer 374 runners home with the crowd of spectators, and present the trophies at the finish line.

She said: “This was the 13th year we have held our 10k race, which is a firm favourite in the calendar for many runners in Norfolk and beyond, and it was fantastic to see such an excellent turn out once again. I want to congratulate everyone who took part and give a huge thanks to all of the volunteers who helped marshal the event and support runners, whether it was at water stations, with registration or presenting medals.”

James Francis, CEO of race sponsor Saffron Housing Trust, said: “If the last year has taught us anything, it’s that keeping active is not only good for your physical health but also your mental wellbeing, and the Marriott’s Way 10k race is a great opportunity to challenge yourself, achieve something fantastic and contribute to a wonderful event.”

For information on this year’s winners visit our website to see pictures from the day head to our Broadland District Council Facebook page.

We are always keen to hear runners’ Marriott’s Way stories – whether a tale of personal challenges to get fit for the race, or fundraising for a local charity, so share yours using the hashtag #MarriottsOfFire on Facebook or Twitter. 

Published: 11 October 2021