The "Other" Run

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This race is for anyone who was unable to get entry for the London Marathon and wants a personal running challenge to take on. This friendly event welcomes all-ability runners to come together as run for 6 or 4 hours to complete as many, or as few laps, of a multi-terrain 5.3k route.
5k, 10k, Half Marathon, and 2 more
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9:00am Sun 2nd Oct 2022
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Brandon, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Brandon Country Park, Bury Rd, Brandon IP27 0SU, UK
Start times
9:00am Sun 2nd Oct 2022
9:00am |
9:00am |
Half Marathon:
9:00am |
9:00am |
Event summary
Here are the distances available for The "Other" Run
£26 - £33
£26 - £33
Half Marathon
£26 - £33
£26 - £33
Route information
If you weren't able to gain entry to the London Marathon on this day, The 'Other' Run' is the perfect substitute. The 6 hour timed challenge is a great chance to put all that training into practice and run alongside like-minded people at this fun and friendly event.
Competitors will complete laps of a 5.3k lap throughout Brandon Country Park. The course itself will be flat over mixed terrain, with a combination of gravel footpaths and grass sections. You will have 6 hours to complete as many laps as you can, and if you're lucky maybe a little bit more because if you leave the base camp before 5:59:59, you can complete one more lap!
But don't be alarmed by this long time limit, this event is for runners of all abilities, and runners can end their race at any point. This could be a great opportunity to run your first 5k, 10k, Half Marathon, Marathon or even Ultra Marathon. You can run as few or as many laps as you wish, resting between laps or pushing yourself through the whole 6 hours.
For those more experienced athletes looking to really push themselves, this is a brilliant opportunity to run a long distance with no other complications, no navigation, no kit required and with feed stations every lap.
Whether you are looking to run your 1st 10k, or your 50th Marathon, the brilliant Zig Zag Running team will cheer you all the way around.
What's included
  • Medal(Lucky-Dip or Event Medal)
  • Coffee and Cake for all finishers
  • Event marshals
  • Water/aid stations
  • Bag drop
  • Parking (small fee)
  • Chip-timed results
How to get there
Brandon Country Park, Bury Rd, Brandon IP27 0SU, UK
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By Car
Brandon Country Park is just South of Brandon, five minutes from the A11 at Elveden, less than 30 minutes from Bury St Edmunds, and under an hour from Norwich, Cambridge and Ipswich. Brandon Railway Station is 1.5miles (2.4km) away. Postcode for satnavs: IP27 0SU
Parking is available at this venue, though at an additional fee to your entry ticket. There will be marshals on the day to direct you.
By Train
Brandon Train Station is the closest train station to the start location. It would take roughly 30 minutes the walk from the station to Brandon Country Park.
Event day logistics
09:00 Wave 1 starts
11:00 Wave 2 starts
15:00 Event ends
Participants have the choice to start their race at 9 am or 11 am. Please note that both waves will end at 3 pm, meaning those in the second wave will have a shorter time limit than those in the first wave.
Race Packs
Race bibs will be collected on the day from registration.
Age Restrictions
All entrants must be 18 and older to enter the event.
Lucky Dip Medal
The lucky dip medal gives runners a chance of receiving a previous Zig Zag Events medal for a slightly reduced cost. This can be chosen when registering and ensures a little surprise on event day.
Water/Aid Station
There will be a water/aid station at Race HQ, which will be situated at the start and lap point of the route.
Bag Drop
There will be a space for runners to leave their bags and belongings, however they are left at your own risk and should not contain valuables. It is advised by the organiser to leave your belongings in your car, keeping valuables out of sight.
Cupless Event
Please note the event has gone cupless, so please bring your own water bottle to the event.
Will there be a bag drop at The "Other" Run?
There will be a space for you to leave your bags and belongings, however they are left at your own risk and should not contain valuables. It is advised by the organiser to leave your belongings in your car, keeping valuables out of sight.
Do I need to wear trail running shoes at The "Other" Run?
Normal running trainers should be plenty for this event. If there has been wet weather trail shoes may be helpful, but running trainers should still be fine.
Will there be aid stations at The "Other" Run?
Yes, there will be an aid station supplying water and sugary snacks. This station ca be found at the event Base Camp, which is situated at the lap point of the 5.3k course.
Will there be parking at The "Other" Run?
Yes there will be parking at Brandon Country Park. There will be a cost for parking but this has been reflected in the reduced entry fee.
12 reviews
Did the race in 2022
brilliant event, really well organised and very welcoming to all. Will definitely do another Zig Zag event in the future. loved it
Did the race in 2022
Whether a seasoned runner, first timer or looking to challenge yourself this is a great course. Everyone is welcomed. Great medals for every finisher and AMAZING cakes and coffee choices. Even us ‘special’ vegans are catered for. 😃 Get booked in for any Zig Zag event and you’re guaranteed the same fantastic vibes.
Did the race in 2022
So well organised, really very impressed. Have done dozens of marathon and this was one of the best organised ones I have been at. The vegan cake at the end was amazing!
Did the race in 2022
I had a great time today. Met lots of other runners, everyone friendly. Some regulars which makes me want to do another just to see them again. The course was great but I didn’t realise it would quite that hilly. Very uneven underfoot but that’s fine. People there said it is one of the more challenging marathons around locally which made me feel better about my time. All in all a fantastic day!!
Did the race in 2022
The organisers were brilliant - very friendly and encouraging. The course was easy to follow. You needed to take care of tree roots but it was a forest track so that is to be expected. It was dry underfoot despite recent rain. There was proper coffee and cake at the end!
Did the race in 2022
Always well organised and proper coffee and cake at the end always goes down a treat 👍
Did the race in 2022
I enjoyed it, but unfortunately had to drop out after 15km from the intended marathon due to a knee problem. It's a trail course, so bumpy, but everything else about the event was brilliant.
Did the race in 2022
Not a fan of lapped marathons, but the route is lovely so it removed a bit of the monotony away. Excellent organisers, and such a great effort in everything they did. One small gripe. PROVIDE FULL FAT COKE/PEPSI!!! No sugar stuff is wasted.
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