The Simplyhealth Great East Run course follows a scenic route that is suitable for runners of all abiltiies. 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.
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This was only my second half marathon race, my first being GNR the year before so the most obvious thing I noticed was that this is a much smaller deal, with 4000 participants. The race village was just outside the football stadium and there was some confusion as to where to go t...Read full review
The down side to this race is the huge hill around mile 7 and 8. Big incline that just keeps going and going. For me, combined with the 26C heat, this ruined the race. There were more people walking from mile 7 to 10 than running. The crowds however, were probably the best...Read full review
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