Distance: Half Marathon
Date: 22.09.2019
Minimum age: 17 years old and over
Entry Price: £32 per entry

Simplyhealth Great East Run

If you’re already entered, read on for all the information you’ll need for the big day. Your run number will be sent out approximately 2 weeks before and we’ll be in touch by email to keep you up to date with everything you need to know. In the meantime, if you need any help just get in touch with our customer services team.


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.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

You can download the course map here

Please see below for the provisional 2019 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great East Run
08:00

Information Point opens (located at Ipswich Town FC - Field Turf) 

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

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 details on road closures see our downloadable info below:

Closing map

Re-opening map

Road closure summary

You can also get live information on our Waze map 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 are plenty of car parking options to choose from on event day. Visit www.ipswich.gov.uk to take a look at the car parks and tarrifs.

Car parking

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

Need that little extra help with your training, or somewhere to continue your running experience? Join friendly runners and volunteers at our free, weekly 2k and 5k events and become part of a happier, healthier, growing community!

With your own personal Great Run Local wristband, you can track your progression through our unique mobile phone app, whilst meeting new people and interacting with others as you run! From children in pushchairs to our oldest runner at 88 years young, we encourage all abilities and ages to continue running with us all year round!

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