Great East Run 2018: Race day arrives in Ipswich

Runners taking part in the mass warm-up before the start of last year's Simplyhealth Great East Run

Runners taking part in the mass warm-up before the start of last year's Simplyhealth Great East Run in Ipswich Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Andy Abbott

With the Great East Run taking place today we round up what you need to know about one of the most anticipated races in the region.

The first Simplyhealth Great East Run in Ipswich Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

The first Simplyhealth Great East Run in Ipswich Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Andy Abbott

Over 3,500 people are expected to be taking part in today’s half marathon in and around Ipswich. It’s the second time the event has been held in the town.

The event starts and finishes on Russell Road, the route passing the prestigious Willis building before heading through the beautiful Holywells Park and travelling down to Ipswich’s vibrant waterfront.

Children at Britannia Primary School took part in their first Daily Mile of the year Picture: SARAH

Children at Britannia Primary School took part in their first Daily Mile of the year Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

On Friday hundreds of youngsters got into the spirit of the race by meeting with elite marathon runner Lily Partridge as they took part in the Daily Mile. Find out more about their day.

If you are looking for a parking space this morning we round up where you will be able to park your car before the race.

Will you be taking part in the Simplyhealth Great East Run in Ipswich? Picture: ANDY ABBOTT

Will you be taking part in the Simplyhealth Great East Run in Ipswich? Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Andy Abbott

Most runners will know that timing is key when it comes to racing so whether your looking for your section’s start time or what the weather might do to it we have you covered.

Many roads will be closed this morning from as early as 6am. So if you are off to watch a friend and need to know where to go or are trying to make your way through town we have a full list of closures including expected re-opening times once all the competitors have passed through.

Children at Britannia Primary School took part in their first Daily Mile of the year Picture: SARAH

Children at Britannia Primary School took part in their first Daily Mile of the year Picture: SARAH LUCY BROWN - Credit: Archant

If you need a final bit of inspiration this morning among the competitors on the 13.1 mile long course will be 79-year-old David Cooper who begins a three race challenge in his wheelchair. Find out more about his story.

David Cooper will be among those racing today PICTURE: DAVID COOPER

David Cooper will be among those racing today PICTURE: DAVID COOPER - Credit: Archant

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