Suffolk, Be Your Greatest

Join thousands of swimmers and runners as they run, jog, walk and swim towards the goal of making Suffolk, England’s Most Active County, by taking part in two Great events right on your doorstep. Set yourself a challenge and start training now – research has proven that physical activity helps you feel better, improves your sleep and can reduce stress.

John West Great East Swim

For more than a decade, John West Great East Swim has provided thousands of people with exhilarating, challenging and safe open water swimming experiences, with distances to suit all levels and abilities, from the newest and youngest participants up to seasoned marathon swimmers.

Staged at Alton Water in Suffolk on Saturday 20 June, the John West Great East Swim has grown to be a must-do open water swim event, famous for an incredible atmosphere, its event village and farmers’ market.

Whether it’s your first time or you’re looking for your next adventure, you can guarantee that it will be a fantastic experience in a stunning setting.


great east run

Or why not challenge yourself to 13.1 amazing miles of beautiful Suffolk countryside, musical entertainment and cheering crowds at the annual Great East Run half marathon on Sunday 20 September.

Since launching in 2017, thousands of runners have taken part in this sell-out half marathon and this year’s staging is shaping up to be the best yet with exciting new on-course experiences, adding to the electric atmosphere that runners know and love.

The route takes runners on a picturesque closed road tour through Ipswich Town Centre, the iconic Ipswich waterfront and into the Suffolk countryside before runners cross the finish line at Ipswich Town Football Club.

Sign up today to be a part of Suffolk’s much-loved and most popular mass participation swimming and running events.