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Distance Half Marathon
Location Ipswich
Date 24 September 2017

Simplyhealth Great East Run

The inaugural Simplyhealth Great East Run is now full. Entries sold out in record time and we can't wait to see you on the start line!

Together with our partners Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council and Ipswich Jaffa Running Club we’ll be bringing the UK wide Great Run series to East Anglia on Sunday 24th September.

So whether you’re new to running, looking for a challenge, or aiming for a record PB, this could be the event for you. Don't miss out, guarantee your place on the start line by entering today!

If you'd like to know when entries open for the 2018 event make sure you sign up to our reminder service, and we'll send you an email to let you know.


The Simplyhealth Great East Run course follows a scenic route that is suitable for runners of all abiltiies.

Starting and finishing on Russell Road, runners pass the prestigious Willis building designed by Lord Foster before heading through the beautiful Holywells Park and travelling down to Ipswich's vibrant waterfront.

The route then passes Felaw Maltings on the way out and back along Wherstead Road, where participants will see Fox's Marina, Suffolk Food Hall and go twice under the iconic Orwell Bridge into Freston.

On returning to the town centre, runners will head towards Ipswich Town FC's Portman Road stadium, passing the statues of two football legends, Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey, before crossing the finish line in the stadium's practice pitch and being welcomed by hundreds of supporters in the stands.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.


Please see below for the 2017 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great East Run
08:00 Information point opens to general public
09:00 Start assembly area opens
09:40 Simplyhealth Great East Run warm-up starts
10:00 START of the Simplyhealth Great East Run (orange numbers)
10:05 START of the Simplyhealth Great East Run (white numbers)
10:10 START of the Simplyhealth Great East Run (green numbers)

*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event

Event Location

There’s nothing like being in the heart of the town and Ipswich has a wide variety of places to eat and drink, historical architecture to marvel at and a wide range of activities for all the family to enjoy.

Whether you’re looking for a relaxed day of shopping and exploring or want to plan a trip to the town to coincide with an Ipswich Town game then we’ve got everything you need and more to make the most of your stay in the town.  

At the heart of the town lies the Cornhill that has been used as a main meeting point for decades. Here you’ll find the bustling market surrounded by shops, coffee shops and restaurants, making it the perfect spot to sit back and plan your time in the town.

From here, there’s easy access to the Waterfront via the tranquil and idyllic streets of the Saints that house many of our fabulous independent boutiques.
Once on the marina, enjoy a stroll before spending time watching the boats and people go by from one of the terraces of the many bars and restaurants that are found here.

For more ideas on things to do in Ipswich and Suffolk  you can go to &


Event Location

We're excited to be partnering with Ipswich Town FC for the 2017 Simplyhealth Great East Run!

Runners will be able to have their own celebration moment when they cross the event's finish line on Ipswich Town's practice pitch, adjoining to the famous Portman Road stadium. 

The final stretch of the half marathon course will take runners up Portman Road and past the stadium before heading into the practice pitch.

Friends, families and supporters will be able to gather in the stands to cheer on runners, who can then enjoy the vibrant event village.

Ipswich Town Football Club

Travel and Parking

In order to ensure a safe running route for the 3,000 runners taking part in the event, there will be a rolling programme of road closures starting from Russell Road and Constantine Road at 14:00 on Saturday 23 September.

Please click here for more details of the route, road closures and diversions >

All roads should be re-opened by 16:00 on Sunday 24 September.

We hope that this does not cause too much inconvenience, and as ever we will strive to minimise the disruption to local businesses and residents on the day of the event.

If you have any queries, please don’t hesitate to contact the event team on:

Road Closures

No matter where you start your journey Ipswich is simple to get to by car.

Ipswich is approximately 1.5 hours’ drive from London and the same from Norwich.

Well sign-posted, the surrounding area of Suffolk is within close proximity with towns and villages easy to get to by major country and main roads.

For help with planning your journey to Ipswich and Suffolk please visit

There are plenty of car parking options to choose from on event day. Click here to see a list of available options.


By Car

Please note there are planned railworks taking place on the Greater Anglia service on Sunday 24 September.

Please allow plenty of time to travel to the start line. Ipswich Train Station is just a five-minute walk from the start line on Russell Road. 

Network Rail are carrying out engineering work between Colchester and Stowmarket and also between Ipswich and Woodbridge / Felixstowe, closing all lines.

Buses will replace trains between Colchester and Stowmarket and between Ipswich and Woodbridge / Felixstowe.

Buses will also run between Ipswich and Stowmarket, to connect with trains running between Stowmarket and Cambridge / Peterborough.

You can plan your journey using the National Rail Enquiries Journey Planner

A map of the planned distruptions is available here.

For timetables and to book train tickets visit

By Train

Ipswich Buses operate a network of services across the town. Find out more at FirstGroup

Buses also link the towns and villages in Suffolk.

Visit to find out more.

By Bus

Should you need to travel to the event by car pleasetake a look at the car park map here.

Please note: Due to road closures, your usual route to the car park may not be possible.

The following central car parks will be open and accessible to the public on Sunday 24 September:

1- Athena Hall car park - open 8am until midnight

2- West End Road car park - open 24 hours

3- South Street car park - open 24 hours

4- William Street car park - open 24 hours

5- Upper Barclay street car park - open 24 hours

6- Great Gipping Street car park - open 24 hours

Car Parks

The Blossom Charity

We are a charity dedicated to women, based in East Anglia.

Our objectives are to enable women in rural communities to make positive and sustainable change in their lives.

Many women we work with face some disadvantage including isolation, poverty, unemployment, mental health issues and who lack the confidence to make change in their lives.

We deliver tailored programmes of workshops and one to one coaching sessions as well as community based activities to support the development of skills, confidence and long lasting relationships and mutual support.

We pride ourselves on creating an environment where all women can thrive.

Members of the community will be taking part in the Simplyhealth Great East Run, so why not come and join us?

Find out more about The Blossom Charity here.

Join The Blossom Charity at the Simplyhealth Great East Run on Sunday 24 September.


Great Runners Welcome Here

To find out more about the Great Runners Welcome Here scheme click here.

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