Around twenty years ago Brandon Fern Hoppers joined up with Newmarket to enter a team in the Suffolk winter league. One day in a pub just after they had raced at Framlingham the talk turned to a race Ian Cooper wanted to organise which would incorporate the bomb holes and the wibbly wobbly tracks in the forest the club still runs along every week. Chris Marlman, one of our American runners, said “You mean a kinda ‘Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog’!” and the race was born!
The club wanted a T-shirt as a memento of the race and Lloyd Farrow drew the deer and hills which became such a familiar feature of the race for many years. It became a tradition that each year a new animal would be added to the ‘forest scene’ on the T-shirt, and the identity of the animal was always a closely guarded secret until the T-shirts were handed out to the finishers!
Sandra Cooper and Sally Dormer did the first race entries and managed to sign up a Mr Anthony Whibley who said he had come to the race purely because of the name. I am glad to say that Mr Whibley is still running in the race that bears his name (well almost!) many years later!
Ian Cooper served as race director from it’s inception to 2010 when he stood down.
Thanks to Sally Dormer for the information supplied for this article, if you were part of the early days of the Wibbly Wobbly Log Jog or the Brandon Fern Hoppers do please get in touch via our contact page we would love to hear your reminiscences of those days.