Are you inspired to join the run?

The medals have arrived everyting is in plce for Sunday’s inaugural Inspired 2 Run Fun Run.

Representatives from Inspired Youth and Break Charity spoke to students from North Walsham Manor School Road Junior School this week about the planned event.  Organiser Rob Whitwood, from Inspired Youth, bought along a sample of some of the medals that will be used on the day for the students to see.

He said: “It was great to talk to such a large group about the work Inspired Youth already does with the school supporting our cookie project, and explain how the idea of the fun run got started.  When I’ve been training over the last nine months, my circuit round town takes me pastd the school, so it has been nice working up to this point.”

Rob was joined by senior fundraising officer Danielle Gravestock (pictured), from Break Charity. She explained to the students about the work that she does in raising money for Break and the important services Break provides to young people and families in the region.  She said: “Thank you for inviting Break to be a part of this and allowing us the opportunity to speak to the brilliant pupils at North Walsham Junior School today. Sunday will be amazing.”

The fun run is taking place this Sunday, May 6, with opportunities for both young and old to take part.  A short circuit is being created for the young runners, and a 5k circuit for the adults. Runners can participate on their own or as part of a relay team, if covering the 5k distance is too much of a challenge.

“I’m really hoping this can be the start of an amazing project to help the health and wellbeing of local people, as well as support these two organisations that work with thousands of young people every year. It’s inspired me to run, I hope it does the same for others,” said Rob.

More details on how to get involved are on this website



It’s a ‘mad’ challenge for Rebecca

Maddermarket general manager Rebecca Wass is taking on a huge challenge to raise much-needed funds for the threatre.

On Sunday (January 28) she will be running 48 miles along Pedders Way in 12 hours.

Rebecca felt the need to take on a super tough challenge to try and raise much needed funding to repair the heating system and toilets.

She said: “We are in need of vital funds to repair the building. With a quote of over £50,000 just for the toilets alone, I knew I had to do something.  The theatre holds a special place in the volunteers’ hearts and I know from talking to the actors, set painters and stewards that it is considered a second home. I wanted to try to find a way to help, not just from my role as GM but also as someone who loves the theatre. So I decided to find the biggest challenge I could. A friend suggested the Pedders Way, though I must admit I’m not sure if I will consider them a friend at the end of it.”

The challenge is to complete 48 miles by foot from Knettishall Heath to Holme next to the Sea in under 12 hours. “I know this is going to be really tough, the furthest I have done in training is 27 ½ miles but I did do two marathons in two days between Christmas and New Year. I have to admit that wasn’t a pleasant experience but I was back at work the following day, albeit it with a slight hobble,” said Rebecca. The challenge is even tougher as competitors have to carry all their supplies with them, including waterproofs, water and food as the checkpoints are 12 miles apart.  Rebecca is hoping the weather will be good and not snowing as it did two years ago.

The Maddermarket is a registered charity, and unlike other many other producing houses in the country, they do not receive funding from the Arts Council or the government and therefore rely on audiences buying tickets to see the shows.

The theatre is one of the largest producing houses in the UK with 12 in-house productions a year and therefore the costs mount up to keep the shows at such a high quality.

The theatre is a hive of activity and acts as a second home to a lot of volunteers, actors and educational students that are part of the team at the Theatre.

If you would like to sponsor Rebecca you can via her everyclick page or call into the theatre.

Contact the theatre for more info on 01603 626560


Conrad finishes his coastal challenge to cheers

He arrived at Cromer Pier still full of beans and ready to chat to the crowd of people who had been waiting to greet him.

BBC radio presenter Nick Conrad completed his four-day run along the Norfolk Coast path this afternoon, accompanied by local running club members and BBC weather presenter Elizabeth Rizzini, who ran with him for the last day from Cley to Cromer.

Nick is raising money for Children in Need in what has become an annual fundraiser of various sporting and other events, including in past years singing in public and a triathlon.

This the fifth year of his efforts was a 45-mile run from Hunstanton in four days, accompanied, along with others, by trainer Neil Featherby, from the North Norfolk Beach Runners.

“I have been joined by different people every day which has been lovely,” said Nick, who arrived in Cromer just before the rain to cheers from the Radio Norfolk listeners, who had come along to see him, and the cast of the Cromer Christmas Show.

He added: “We have been really looked after at all the starting points this week by the National Trust, Cley Windmill and Wells Beach Café and cheered along en route.”

He admitted to being “a little tired” after running solidly for three hours a day, but was delighted to have completed his challenge and is looking ahead to next year already. Maybe you have some ideas?

Here is how you can donate

To show your support for Conrad’s Coastal Challenge text the word CONRAD to 70705 (UK only). Each text costs £5 plus your standard network message charge. The full £5 will go to BBC Children In Need. You must be 16 or over and please ask the bill payer’s permission.

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Big plans for North Walsham

North Walsham is aiming to put itself firmly on the local running map with plans for a half marathon next May.

Local group Regenerate North Walsham already has North Norfolk District Council on board to support proposals for the new race, which will start and finish in the town and take in trails and roads around the nearby countryside.

The half marathon is one of a number of big plans for the town, which also include proposals to reshape and improve the town’s St Nicholas Court precinct.

Newly-appointed regeneration manager Rebecca Matthews, who has vast experience of community projects in North Walsham, said she had been approached by North Norfolk District Council leader Sheila Oxtoby, herself a marathon runner, to see if there was call for a North Norfolk half marathon, offering help in the way of council marshals.

“Marshalling is one of the biggest headaches for these kind of events so to have the support of the council from the off will be amazing in terms of the organisation. I am now getting in touch with the local running clubs to get them behind the event too,” she said.

Proposed dates for the race are the Saturday or Sunday, May 27/28, over the bank holiday weekend and Rebecca hopes the town will get behind the plans, which could include events on the day in the town centre. She said: “We are planning to run a shorter ‘park run’ on the same day for small children and their parents and possibly a sponsored run for North Walsham Play to raise money for play equipment in North Walsham parks.”

Just North Walsham has pledged to support the event as media partner and will be bringing readers the latest news via the magazines, Facebook and Twitter.

Editor Gay Webster said: “Having been brought up in the area and going to school in North Walsham, it’s great to see such enthusiasm for improving and expanding what goes on here. We are delighted to be able to help get this event moving and look forward to encouraging my colleagues to take part.”

One of Regenerate North Walsham’s biggest projects to date is set to be improvements to the 1970s-built precinct. The group is planning to buy the site, which has been in limbo for many years, and hopes to create an open community area with possibly a fountain water play feature and moveable stage to replace the central planted area. There would also be some work to improve the outside of the shops and hopes of securing Heritage Lottery funding.

Rebecca said: “The aim is to open out the area giving a better view and open access to the church and North Walsham’s historic buildings. We want to make the area feel more part of the town rather than feel that it is cut off and detached.”

Regenerate North Walsham has also been organising some social events in the town, starting with a first evening event on the newly-paved area at Church Hill on Saturday, July 16, 6-10pm, which is open to all.

There is another evening food event planned for August 20 and a food festival on the cards for September 20. A trade fair is also on the cards.

Regenerate North Walsham has a Facebook page for anyone wanting to find out more or get involved in any events or with the committee. Or email Rebecca at


St Nicholas Court in North Walsham

St Nicholas Court in North Walsham

The new paved area at Church Hill

The new paved area at Church Hill