Great East Run

The Run

Ipswich’s much-loved Half Marathon returns in 2021, and this year it’s all about the comeback!
Take your place on the start line.

Event Info

Suffolk’s running highlight of the year is back. Each year 4,000 runners line up for an incredible running celebration, with cheering crowds and our famous entertainment zones providing the soundtrack to your run.
The route takes runners on a scenic journey through the beautiful Holywells Park, past Ipswich’s vibrant waterfront, under the iconic Orwell Bridge, with a grandstand finish next to Ipswich Town Football ground.
Whether you do it for a challenge, to fundraise for charity, or simply for fun, it’s not to be missed!

Run For
Charity

If you are looking to run to raise money for a charity close to your heart or help to support a good cause there are hundreds of charity running places available to choose from. You may be able to secure a charity entry by agreeing to raise sponsorship money.

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Alzheimer’s Society is the UK's leading dementia charity. We need you to run for us. We need your miles, your energy, your determination to help us find a cure. We know that training for a run isn’t easy. But we need you to beat that snooze button, beat the weather, beat the wall – beat everything that stands between you and the finish line.

Run for us and join the race to beat dementia.

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Bloodwise is the leading blood cancer research charity.

We’re here for everyone affected by blood cancer by funding world leading research, providing support and campaigning for change. Run with us at the Great North Run and every pound raised will help us beat blood cancer.

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What Our
Runners Say

I truly believe it's all about believing in yourself. My only regret is I didn't do this event years ago.
They come out and give their support 100%
It was amazing to be a part of an event with so many others raising money for charity. The setting and atmosphere is always great!
Received amazing support throughout my training from Great Run.
Perfect event! Locals along the route are amazing!
Really well organised, so slick and great atmosphere despite weather!
So amazing - it makes me feel emotional thinking about how good the event was.
Best in the world. This event cannot get better.
The route was great, it was filled with supporters and the atmosphere was amazing!
Everything about the event is great and getting even better each year...
First class all round. Cannot fault.


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The Route

The 10mile course follows a scenic route that is suitable for runners of all abilities. Pass the prestigious Willis building and under the iconic Orwell Bridge, then head through the beautiful Holywells Park and travel down to Ipswich’s vibrant waterfront.

The Course

Full Route

The Reward

The greatest reward in taking part is the sense of achievement as you cross the finish line, but by taking your place on the Great East Run start line, you’re already part of something really special. Great Run events are renowned for being well-organised, safe, and inclusive and the atmosphere and support is always unbelievable.

What You
Get

Before the event

We’re here to help you be your greatest, so before the big day you’ll get…

  • Your personal run pack sent to you in the post, with your run number and timing chip
  • Access to training plans to keep you on track
  • Exclusive offers and competitions from our partners and sponsors
  • Support and advice all the way up to event day
  • Regular emails keeping you motivated and moving
  • A huge supportive and inclusive social community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to help you on your running journey

On event day

Other than all the good vibes, fitness and mental health benefits you’ll also get…

  • Access to the free Great Run app to allow your loved ones to track your progress along the route as well as access to all event information
  • Access to the Great Run information point for any last minute queries (or safety pins)
  • Closed roads offering a safe running environment
  • Food and drink options to refuel
  • A shiny new medal, an exclusive finishers t-shirt plus a finisher’s bag filled with goodies
  • Plenty of medical support all around our routes should you ever need any assistance
  • A huge round of applause as you cross the finish

After the event

Obviously you’ll have bragging rights for the foreseeable, but you’ll also get…

  • Official event day photos available to view and purchase a couple of days after the event, so smile for the cameras!
  • Your official result ready shortly after you cross the finish line
  • Runners Rewards – access to special offers for participants, from our partners and sponsors as a well done.

Make It Personal

If you’d like a special memento from the day, why not purchase your very own iTAB to attach to your Great East Run medal ribbon? You can personalise your iTAB with your name, finishing time, and even a special message. Just £7.99 including postage and packing.

Run For Charity

If you are looking to run to raise money for a charity close to your heart or help to support a good cause there are hundreds of charity running places available to choose from.

 

Join Cancer Research UK and help bring forward the day that all cancers can be cured. Together we will beat cancer.

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With your help we can do more for people living with cancer, giving each person the support they need to look after all that matters and take care of their health, protect personal relationships and deal with work and money worries. We want to help everyone with cancer find their best way through, from the moment of diagnosis, so they’re able to live life as fully as they can. You can be someone who makes that happen.

Find out more

You may be able to secure a charity entry with one of our charities below by agreeing to raise sponsorship money.

  • Charity 1
  • Charity 2
  • Charity 3
  • Charity 4

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