Norfolk Superhero Challenge takes place 17 June

On Saturday 17 June teams of superheroes will be competing in a swim, cycle, kayak and run to raise funds for the Superhero Foundation, supporting local charities including The Matthew Project.

This is the Norfolk Superhero Challenge's11th year. It was started, on nearly the same course in 2007, by Mark Lapping and Simon Wilson-Stephens, who were inspired by having taken part in the Kindrochit quadrathlon up in Scotland. The beautiful coastal setting in Norfolk makes for a splendid, naturally exciting course. Word of mouth spread and numbers increased, with any money being raised being pushed towards local charities.

This year there are around 200 competitors racing in teams of two people who must complete the whole course together, safely in the spirit of a true superhero. Teams are competing for the following trophies:

The Lord Nelson Trophy for the two fastest men
The Lady Hamilton Cup for the team of two fastest women
The Dame Edna Trophy for the fastest mixed team
The Local Heroes award for the first team home where both members live full time in Norfolk
Zimmer Winner award for the first team home with a combined age of over 100 years
The Wensum Trophy for the first team home comprised of 2 members of the same family but different generations.

The race starts at approximately 11.15am on Saturday 17th June at Burnham Overy Staithe and follows the following route:

1 mile swim, from Gun Hill to the quay at Burnham Overy Staithe with the incoming tide.

4 mile kayak through the creeks of Burnham Overy Staithe, starting at the quay and finishing at the quay.

45 mile circular cycle route on public roads, starting at the Superhero HQ and finishing at the Superhero HQ.

8 mile run across sand, mud and marsh, starting at the Superhero HQ, going off towards Holkham and finishing back across the creek at Burnham Overy Staithe quay.


We wish all the superheroes the best of luck in the competition and thank you for raising money in support of local charities including The Matthew Project!

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