Put a spring in your step
OK, we’re only just into March, and spring still feels like a little way off, but getting out and about, and some air into your lungs is a great way to get your circulation going, turn up your body temperature and feel good even when Norfolk puts on its best impersonation of Siberia. Here are a few regular and upcoming seasonal sporting events for your calendar.
It’s Saturday, it’s 9am, so it’s time to pull on your trainers and head for Holkham Hall for a 5km parkrun. The only person you’re racing is yourself (unless you team up with some buddies) and you can go at whatever pace you’re comfortable with. Pre-register with parkrun (www.parkrun.org.uk) before your first go and take your printed barcode and you’ll be able to track your progress over the weeks. Holkham’s fabulous location doubles the pleasure of getting out and about, and there’s a café on site to enjoy a post-run pick-me-up, so you’re all set – go!
A little way off, but register now for Norfolk’s cycling festival, Pedal Norfolk taking place 30 April – 2 May. This year there are new routes to explore, offering up to 250-miles of Sportive action, along with gentler 20-mile rides for those who enjoy two-wheeled action at a more moderate pace, and for little ones cutting their Sportive teeth. There’s tons of fun back at the ranch (that’s Holkham Hall) with great food trucks, camping and glamping, plus entertainment and fun stuff for the kids to do while they wait for the long riders to return. Tickets start from £6.50 for 20-mile rides, with a special £90 package day for the three-day, 250-mile challenge – how far will you go? Book at pedalnorfolk.co.uk
Already a sell-out to compete, but still awesome to watch so make a date and show your support at the Norfolk Superhero (norfolksuperhero.co.uk) on 25 June. Competitors swim one mile from Gun Hill to the Quay at Burnham Overy Staithe with the incoming tide (it’s tougher than you think!), kayak four miles through the Burnham creakes, cycle 45 miles and then run eight miles across tracks, sand, mud and marsh.
You can see why they call them Superheroes. This year the event is raising funds for the East Anglian Air Ambulance, so dig deep and lend a hand to some of the county’s fittest individuals as they do their bit.