We, Katie and Kelly, are a couple of regular mums with a passion for the Suffolk countryside, ultra running and cakes. What better combination than a trail running festival in the village we grew up in.
In April 2017 we created the Chadacre Challenge. This was a 10k and 3k race set in the beautiful Suffolk countryside, on the private Chadacre Estate. The event was a huge success, with over 200 competitors and more than 100 spectators, raising £1,000 for the school we both went to.
Some of the feedback we received following the event included;
“I just wanted to say how much I enjoyed the challenge yesterday. You weren’t wrong about the stunning views on the trail! Many thanks to the wonderful marshalls who cheered us on. The organisation of the event was fantastic, it was such a great atmosphere for everyone. Thank you so much.”
“Great day thank you to all the organisers. Weather was kind (ish…quite hot!) And the course really was a challenge. Lovely atmosphere and we are already planning which family members get to run what next year! Please make this an annual event!”
“Thank you everyone who helped out and marshalled, and for all the activities. It was brilliantly organised and beautiful scenery (apart from those hills!) we had a great time!”
Determined to continue the event but sadly unable to secure our Chadacre venue, we put our thinking caps on, teamed up with Shimpling Park Farm and added the new 12 & 24hr endurance races to launch the Suffolk Trail Festival.
Our backgrounds come together well to make these events successful. For both of us the outdoors, come rain or shine, is our go to place for sanity, peace and balance. We love sharing the area with our families and we want to extend that to the community and beyond.