Digital Biathlon Launch at Carlton Marshes

A unique new outdoor activity developed by high school pupils is being launched at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve on Saturday 1 July (10:15am).

The Digital Biathlon blends smartphone photography, exercise, wildlife, the outdoors and digital media into a fun team event over a two mile course.

Working in teams, participants follow the course and stop at each of five strategically placed DigiPoints. The team is handed a smartphone and can take as many pictures as they wish at each DigiPoint. These can be close ups of wildlife, wider landscape shots or anything the team believes encapsulates the immediate area of the DigiPoint. The team must then select two of the photographs which are then sent direct by Wi-Fi to the judging point as well as being directly uploaded to digital media platforms. One of the DigiPoints is reserved for a team selfie shot.

Points are awarded to the best photographs from each digipoint and the winners are the team with the highest score.

The Digital Biathlon concept was formed following feedback gathered from young people when developing project themes for the £4.5 million Broads Authority ‘Water, Mills and Marshes’ Heritage Lottery funded Landscape Partnership Scheme.

Over 180 high school pupils were asked what activities they would undertake as part of a visit to the project area. The most popular choice of activity was photography. Pupils from Pakefield High School then helped develop the idea and will now act as digipoint stewards for the planned events which will take place in Lowestoft’s seafront promenade and at Carlton Marshes Nature Reserve.

Cllr Tony Goldson, Cabinet Member for Health at Suffolk County Council said “We are always looking to support new and exciting ways of encouraging people of all ages to become more active. The Digital Biathlon certainly meets these criteria and the involvement of young people in developing and delivering these events is great to see.”

Will Burchnall, Broads Authority Project Manager added “Bringing together smartphones, digital media, landscape and wildlife in one family event is an excellent idea. If offers the participants the opportunity to see and appreciate the landscape and wildlife in a unique way.”

High school and Primary school events take place on Wednesdays with parent and family events on Saturdays. Over 200 pupils and parents will take part.

The Digital biathlon is a pilot programme funded by Suffolk County Council’s Most Active County programme, the Broads Authority and Sport England.

Members of the media are invited to attend the launch event.

Photographs from the launch event, including the best images from the winning team will be available for publication from Monday 3 July.

Please contact in order to arrange attendance at the launch event or to receive images.

Broads Authority

Rob Leigh, Communications 01603 75604,

Will Burchnall, Project Manager, 01603 610734 ,

Suffolk County Council

Adam Baker , 01473 260821,

Terry Osborne, 01933 681459, (delivery team)

Friday 30 June 2017