Great East Run

Well done to every single person who took part in this year’s Simplyhealth Great East Run – you’re all amazing! Entries for next year’s event, which takes place on Sunday 20 September, are now open! We hope to see you on that start line!


Click on the links below to download our event guide and checklist for the day.

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

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.

On the course you will find CLIF Bar feed stations with CLIF Shot Energy Gels and CLIF Bloks Energy Chews. This station will be around the 8 mile point on the course.

The family reunion area can be found in the event village, where there will be a number of flying flags displaying letters of the alphabet. Arrange to meet your loved ones under the flying flag displaying the first letter of your surname i.e. if your name is John Smith, you should arrange to meet under the 'S' flag.

For a PDF version of the map, click here >>

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

 

Please see below for the provisional 2019 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great East Run
08:00

Information Point opens in the event village (located in Ipswich Town Football Club)
Baggage and changing facilities open in the event village

09:00 Start assembly area opens
09:45 Simplyhealth Great East Run mass warm-up starts
10:00 START of the Simplyhealth Great East Run (fast-paced runners and orange wave)
10:05 START of the Simplyhealth Great East Run (white wave)
10:10 START of the Simplyhealth Great East Run (green wave)
14:00 Information Point closes

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

There are a number of road closures in place for this event. The start area at Constantine Road and Russell Road will close from 14:00 on Saturday 21 September. Town centre roads will close from 06:00 on Sunday 22 September. The out and back section along Wherstead Road and out to Freston will close from 07:30 (Wherstead Road) and 09:00 (Freston).

Road reopening times are expected to be as follows:

  • Town Centre 11:15
  • Freston 13:00 
  • Wherstead Road 13:35
  • Commercial Road/Football Stadium area 14:00
  • Constantine Road/Russell Road 15:00

 

Take a look at the live road closure map on Waze here >

Road closures

Ipswich is approximately 1.5 hours’ drive from London, less than a three hour drive from Birmingham and around 1.5 hours 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 www.traveline.info

For information on where to park you can click here >

By car

Ipswich train station has frequent, fast and reliable services to and from major towns and cities, and is just a five minute walk from the start line on Russell Road. For timetables and to book your train tickets visit www.greateranglia.co.uk.

By rail

Ipswich Buses operate a network of services across the town. Find out more at www.ipswichbuses.co.uk.

First Group buses link the towns and villages in Suffolk. Visit www.firstgroup.com to find out more.

By bus

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 www.allaboutipswich.com & www.visitsuffolk.com

 

Event Location

We're excited to be partnering with Ipswich Town FC for the 2019 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

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