Scores Race 2023 Open for Entries

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The 2023 Scores Race, a unique race in Britain’s most easterly town, will take place again on Sunday 27th August 2023 with huge thanks to our sponsors RWE Generation UK, Birds Eye and Great Gabbard Wind Farm.

The senior race (16 years +) will start at 2:30pm, and the Junior race (9-15 years) will start at 2.35pm.

This will be the 26th Scores race, organised by Waveney Valley Athletic Club, taking in the historic scores in Lowestoft. Starting and finishing in the upper high street, competitors can be assured of a great atmosphere and plenty of spectators.

This demanding race comprises of 13 stepped and sloped scores over a course of approximately 4.75 miles and 401 steps (Senior Race) and approximately 1.4 miles and 254 steps (Junior Race).

A small section of the course is currently undergoing maintenance and may need to be rerouted; however we will endeavour to keep the course as close as possible to previous years and not miss any inclines!

A bespoke medal will be awarded to all finishers together with a Commemorative Scores Race neck warmer.

We are conscious about waste created by races and taking measures to mitigate this and reduce our carbon footprint. As such, there will be a table to leave your own (named!) bottle at the finish line so as not to use single-use bottles of water.

It goes without saying that this race wouldn’t be possible without the generosity of our sponsors – Birds Eye (, RWE Generation UK (RWE | Our energy for a sustainable life.) and Great Gabbard Wind Farm (A Better World of Energy | SSE Renewables).

Thanks also to graphic design support from Graphic Solutions, water from ASDA and portaloos from Sole Bay Waste & Recycling.

We are delighted that Christchurch is supporting us with race HQ again this year with (limited) changing facilities, bag drop and post-race refreshments. This is also where prize-giving will happen after the race .

Entries are non-refundable (except in the unlikely circumstance that the race is cancelled) and unfortunately cannot be deferred but transfers are available until midnight on 26/08/2023.


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Entries are limited to 375 Seniors and 75 Juniors 

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Senior Race details

The Senior race is open to all competitors over the age of 16 on race day. Prizes will be awarded for the first three finishers (male and female) and age group winners in 5 year bands from 40-70. There will be team prizes for affiliated Clubs and works/social teams.

The race is licensed by UK athletics, details at Runbritain.

Senior Race Map

Junior Race details

The Junior race will again be open to Juniors from the age of 9. Separate prizes will be awarded in the 9-12 and 13-15 age groups.

The race is licensed by UK athletics, details at Runbritain.

Junior Race Map

Next race in the Suffolk Winter XC League is at Woodbridge

Date: Sunday 5th December 2021.
Venue: Sutton Memorial Hall, Sutton, IP12 3DZ
Races: Junior Race (Age 11-16) Single lap, Approx 3500m, 1100 Start, Entry Fee £2
                Senior Race (Age 16+) Single lap, Approx 8000m, 1115 Start, Entry Fee £5
                There is NO Under 11 Fun Run
Runners aged 16 may take part in either the senior or junior race and must pay the relevant race fee for that race. They should bear in mind that if they wish to complete the series and be eligible for individual prizes, they must complete 4 out of 6 of the senior or Junior races – not a combination of the two.
Junior runners MUST be at least 11 years of age on the day of an event to participate in the 11-16 race. This is to comply with our race permit conditions.
Further Info:
NO “Guests” are allowed to run in the event and all competitors must be fully paid up members of SWL Clubs.
Team Result Sheets, Plastic wallets and Envelopes will be available for collection by team captains in the Shufflers Gazebo. Woodbridge Shufflers BACS details are on the envelopes.
Both Races start a short walk from the Memorial Hall on a Narrow Track. Marshals or signs will point runners in the right direction. There will be plenty of marshals with VHF radios around the course and the First Aid Team have an all terrain vehicle capable of reaching all parts of the course.
In particular, we ask runners to avoid warming up on the course in front of the start position then having to work their way back through other runners.
Facilities: The Sutton Memorial Hall will NOT be open this year and will be “Out of Bounds” to everyone other than for emergency First Aid use. Therefore, there are no changing facilities and runners are urged to arrive changed and ready to run. There will be NO refreshments available so runners should bring their own hot drinks if required and we ask that people disperse quickly once they have finished their race.
Portable Toilets and a 6 man Urinal will be available next to the hall and an “Accessible” toilet will be available on request. Car parking is limited and we ask that people lift share where possible.
All Clubs are welcome to bring their own Gazebos and we should be able to find space for them next to the Hall.
Seniors: If you wish to take part and haven’t yet paid the £10 entry fee that covers first claim members for all 6 races in the series (2nd claim members will need to pay per race entered), please do so here:
Once paid you can run in all remaining races for that one entry fee.
Age groups for seniors are set by age on 07/11/2021. Juniors is age on 01/09/2021.
Rule reminder: The SWL is a team event and therefore runners should wear the same design club vest.
Those not adhering to this rule may be excluded from the team results for that specific race.

Suffolk Winter League XC results 2019/20

The full and final results of the Suffolk Winter League 2019/20 are now available and can be viewed here in Excel format:    in PDF format

A brief summary of the league follows…


69 Waveney Valley seniors represented the club over 5 events in the 2019/20 Suffolk Winter League. This was a fantastic turn out for the club, and it is also great to see several members finishing in the top 3 within the individual categories.

Our combined Waveney A team secured 6th place overall, with our B team claiming 4th place and our C Team 3rd place, of the 19 teams that competed.

The following athletes participated in 3 or more events in the league to help secure the clubs fantastic set of results;

Faith Brown, Lauren Finch, Lore Lambein, Emily Harding, Rosemary Plant, Debbie Foster, Helen Armstrong, Natalie Brown, Sarah Norman, Caroline Clamp, Carolyn Gosling, Sarah Bradley, Alison Cooper, Ann Millett, Mary Jones, Ben Ford, Dominic Oliver, Oliver Hogg, Tim Earl, Chris Pimlott, Paul Wright, Rob Reid, David Woods, Peter Lang, Alan Bradley, Karl Brady, Mike Bretton, David Doddington, Robin Jones, Stuart Smith, Bill Kingaby, David Mower and Tony Millett.

A big thank you to all who competed and represented the club!


11 of Waveney Valley’s juniors represented the club over 5 events in the 2019/20 Suffolk Winter League.   Our Waveney A team claimed 6th place overall, with our B team claiming 12th place, and our C team claiming 16th place, of 32 teams that competed in the series.

The following athletes participated in 3 or more events in the league to help secure the clubs fantastic set of results;

Louie Wright, William Browne, Cameron Wedon, James McAllen, James Burgess, Cohen Copeman and Zak Barber (who second claims for us).

A notably mention to James McAllen who tied with the same amount of points as the athlete awarded 1st place.

Finally a massive thank you from all at Waveney Valley to Paula Hazell who has acted as the clubs Cross Country co-ordinator for many, many years and now hands over the reins to Jon Wedon.

Thanks Paula for all you have done for Waveney Valley!