Great East Run sells out for second year in row as demand for places soars
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One of Suffolk’s biggest sporting events has sold out for the second year running – five months before the starting pistol sounds.
Thousands of runners are set to pound the streets of Ipswich and its picturesque surroundings for the Great East Run in September.
This is the second year in a row that the event has seen a massive demand for entries, with every single place snapped up ahead of the big day.
More than 3,500 people – 500 more than last year – are preparing to lace up their running shoes for the half marathon challenge.
Alex Jackson, of the Great Run Company, said: “For the second year, the response to the Simplyhealth Great East Run has been overwhelming.
“There’s clearly a huge demand for running in Suffolk and we can’t wait to welcome everyone to the start line in September.
“We’ll continue to work with our local partners to ensure the event can grow and attract more runners from both around the region and throughout the UK in the years to come.”
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Runners kick off the 13.1 mile route on Russell Road, looping around Ipswich Waterfront before heading out towards Freston.
Participants pass under the Orwell Bridge – where huge crowds are expected to turn out and cheer them on – and will cross the finish line at Portman Road.
Staged in partnership with Suffolk County Council (SCC), Ipswich Borough Council and Ipswich JAFFA running club, last year’s Great East Run collected just under £1million for charity.
Fundraisers, first-timers and competitive club runners were among those involved.
It is part of an initiative fuelling Suffolk’s ambition become the most active county in England.
Tony Goldson, SCC’s cabinet member for health, said: “After the success of last year’s event it’s great that even more people will have the opportunity to take part this year and to sell out so soon is testament to all the partners involved.
“I have no doubt that all the work undertaken in recent years to develop weekly free to attend running events across the county is helping to get more residents active and inspire them to take on the Great East Run.
“I look forward to cheering the runners home.”
For more information about this year’s challenge, which takes place on September 16, visit the Simplyhealth Great East Run website.