Great East Run Reaches Capacity

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The Great East Run is now full. For further information about the event, visit: Greatrun.org/East

The inaugural Great East Run has reached its capacity with almost six months still remaining until the event takes place.

Organisers of the the all-new 13.1mile event, which takes place on Sunday 24 September in Ipswich, Suffolk, have seen a huge demand for entries, and they have now reached their initial entry target within three months of opening.

2,500 people will take on East Anglia's newest running event, which will give participants a scenic tour of Suffolk, which includes some of the area's most iconic sights.

The Great Run Company announced that they were adding the Great East Run to their UK-wide series in January, working with local partners to take the already successful Ipswich Half Marathon to the next level.

The event will be staged in partnership with Suffolk County Council, Ipswich Borough Council and Ipswich JAFFA Running Club. It is part of an initiative to help Suffolk County Council's ambition to be the most active county in England.

Philippa Morrow, of the Great Run Company, said: “The response to the Great East Run has been overwhelming and we're excited to have reached our initial target so quickly.

“As there is clearly a demand for a new half-marathon event in the region, the Race Director is looking to increase the capacity by a small number of places for this years' event. We're hoping to release an additional 500 places in the next couple of weeks.

“The plan for 2018 is to work with our local partners to ensure the event can continue to grow and attract runners from around the region and throughout the UK in years to come.”

The event will start and finish on Russell Road in the heart of Ipswich's town centre and close to Ipswich Town Football Club's Portman Road stadium.

Runners then pass the prestigious Willis building designed by Lord Foster before heading towards the town's vibrant waterfront. The route then goes past Felaw Maltings on the way out and back along Wherstead Road, where participants will pass twice under the iconic Orwell Bridge.

The fast and flat route is perfect for new runners or for those looking for a half marathon personal best.

The Great East Run is now full. For further information about the event, visit: Greatrun.org/East