Beach Run 2022

Date - 4th December 2022

Time - 10am

Location - Holkham Beach (Lady Anne’s Drive)

This 5 mile (approx) is the inaugural Runners-next-the-Sea Beach Race Beach Race .  We hope it will become a popular fixture in the Norfolk running calendar.

The race is entirely on the beach at Holkham.  We would like to thank the Holkham Estate for their support for this race.

We would also like to thank the Wells and District Lions for their financial support for this race.

Total Race Timing is providing chip timing and an immediate results service.

Updates for the race will be on the Runners-next-the-Sea website - run 2022 - our race facebook page and by email through Total Race Timing.

The event is sold out but you can register on to the waiting list via the Total Race Timing website.  


Start and Finish Holkham Beach

The race starts and finishes on the Holkham beach close to the boardwalk which links links the Lady Anne’s Drive car park and the beach (see section on car parking for location of this car park).

Car Parking

There is plenty of car parking at the Lady Anne’s Drive car park at Holkham Beach

You can find the car park here

There is a £3.50 charge for two hours parking but the Holkham Estate have kindly agreed to extend this by 30 minutes to allow runners enough time to enjoy the race.

There are two other car parks on the other side of the A149 in the Holkham Village. 

To reduce our carbon footprint we would ask runners to share car journeys if possible.

There will be marshals in the car park directing runners to the start of the run.


We will have a registration tent where runners will pick up their race number. The race number will have the chip timing ‘tag’ attached to it.  Please remember to bring safety pins with you

Registration will open at 9.00 am and will close at 9.40 am.



There are toilets near the start of the boardwalk at the top of Lady Anne’s Drive.  They are situated in The Lookout.  There are also toilets in Holkham Village opposite the Adnams shop.




For post race refreshments, The Lookout at the top of Lady Anne’s Drive has a range of hot and cold drinks to purchase.

The Courtyard Cafe in Holkham Park will also be open from 10 a.m.

There are also plenty of places to eat in nearby Wells-next-the-Sea.


Start of the race

There will be a short race briefing in the starting area at 9.55 am.  This will update runners with any late changes to the information provided. We will start the race promptly at 10.00 am.


The race

The race is approximately 5 miles.

In accordance with Trail Runners Association Rules, the minimum age for the race is 16.

The course starts and finishes on the beach at Holkham Gap (about two minutes walk from the Lady Anne’s Drive car park).  It heads west behind the sand dunes towards Burnham Overy Staithe.  Runners then cross the dune and east along the open beach for about two miles (crossing a shallow channel) before turning back to the finish.


The route will be clearly marked and runners will be supported by plenty of marshals.

The marshals may need to give runners urgent information and instruction , so we ask runners not to wear headphones so they can hear the marshals.

We ask runners to take all litter with them and dispose of this in the bin near the race finish.  Any runner who is seen littering the course will be disqualified from the race.

There will be water available at the end of the race


First Aid

There will be a first aid provider at the event in case of any injury.

Please complete the medical and emergency contact information on the back of your race number.


As the race is in December we recommend that runners (and spectators) keep updated with the weather forecast and dress appropriately.  It’s not always sunny on the beach!


There will be awards for the following categories

  1. First Male
  2. First Female


Every finisher will receive a special memento.

Race cancellation

If the race is cancelled for any reason a full refund of the cost of the race will be offered to each runner. Any other arrangements made by a runner (e.g. travel or accommodation) are made at the runner's risk.

Refunds / race number transfers / waiting list

If a runner cannot make the run we do not offer refunds for the cost of the race or allow runners to defer their entry to a future race. However, a runner can transfer their number to another runner at no cost (other than additional insurance cost for non-affiliated runners) up to seven days prior to the race through Total Race Timing by midnight on 26th November 2022).

Total Race Timing also has a waiting list available for the race where they will try to allocate a place when told by a runner they are unable to attend.  The runner will receive a refund of their entrance fee (minus a £2 administration fee).

If a runner is found to have passed their place to someone else outside of the official transfer route (i.e. through Total Race Timing), both the runner and ‘new runner’ will be disqualified, banned from future races and referred to the permit regulators.

Race updates

We will notify runners of any updates (including cancellation) via email, our dedicated facebook page and the Runners-next-the-Sea website. It is the responsibility of each runner to make themselves aware of any updates.

Personal belongings / bag drop

Weather permitting, we aim to have a dedicated area for runners to drop off a bag during the race. Whilst we will endeavour to keep bags secure we will not be responsible for any loss, damage or theft of any items left in this area. We recommend that valuable items are not left in this area.