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Run for the Roof at Ickworth

Run for the roof to secure Ickworth's future!

This spring join Ickworth as it unveils its brand-new multi-use trail giving access to all, from cyclists to wheelchair users and from walkers to buggy-pushers and a new way of experiencing the Ickworth Estate.

To celebrate the 9.4km (6mile) trail the National Trust is encouraging people to sign up for one of the sponsored events happening on Saturday 14 & Sunday 15 March.

The 10k Saturday event is ideal for keen runners who want to challenge themselves, whilst also seeing previously hidden views across the estate. The Sunday 5k event invites families to get involved to walk, run, cycle or scoot, all whilst raising money to secure Ickworth’s roof for hundreds of years to come. Those who sign up will receive a fundraising pack, running vest and ideas on how to raise funds for Ickworth Uncovered, the largest conservation works Ickworth has ever seen.

The new circular trail is part of a multi-million-pound scheme to give greater access to historic parkland and estates cared for by the National Trust. The scheme is a partnership with Sport England and Ickworth is one of ten National Trust places chosen to build the new trails, to encourage visitors to enjoy different activities.

Tim Watson, General Manager at Ickworth said: “At the National Trust we’re passionate about getting people outdoors and closer to nature. We have had great feedback from visitors using the trail so far.”   

“Our aim is to make access to the outdoors as easy as possible and for people to feel comfortable about heading off into the countryside. We are looking forward to celebrating this new trail with our launch in March. I will be donning my trainers in March and hope lots of people will join me across the weekend to support our Ickworth Uncovered conservation project. I am particularly looking forward to the bespoke medal at the end, which will hopefully make some of those hills worth the challenge.” 

Tim Hollingsworth, CEO at Sport England, said: “Sport England is delighted to be able to use money raised by National Lottery players to help deliver the new multi-use Ickworth Trail. Visitors now have the ability to explore the wider site on accessible trails and be active outdoors to foster physical and mental wellbeing benefits.

“Developing urban and rural spaces to make them activity friendly is a priority in Sport England’s strategy, Towards an Active Nation. We’re proud of our continued partnership with the National Trust which helps make it easier for people to get active outdoors.”

To sign up visit nationaltrust.org.uk/ickworth

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