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Days Gone By: When Ipswich held its first marathon and half marathon in 1983

PUBLISHED: 09:26 07 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:26 07 February 2018

Cars were still able to use roads as normal even with a marathon being run round the town

Cars were still able to use roads as normal even with a marathon being run round the town

A year after its opening, crossing the Orwell Bridge was the highlight for runners taking part in a marathon and half-marathon around the town.

Runners holding up traffic around Ipswich Runners holding up traffic around Ipswich

The event was held in 1983 with runners getting the chance to cross the new bridge twice as they headed for the finish line at the Ransomes Europark.

Runners on their final lap of the marathon circuit round Ipswich Runners on their final lap of the marathon circuit round Ipswich

The race itself saw 501 runners complete the distance with 31 of those completing the event in under three hours.

Police halting traffic as a large group of runners were about to pass Police halting traffic as a large group of runners were about to pass

As can be spotted in our photos, the winner was about to cross the line in just under two and a half hours.

Families and friends line up along the home straight at Ransomes Europark to support the marathon runners Families and friends line up along the home straight at Ransomes Europark to support the marathon runners

Unlike today, health and safety back in the 1980s was not so strict – with the route not fully closed off to normal traffic, so runners had to contend with oncoming vehicles going about their normal journeys.

The winner of the Ipswich marathon on the home straight before crossing the line The winner of the Ipswich marathon on the home straight before crossing the line

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