Ipswich Twilight Road Races: Everything you need to know about tonight’s event

Ipswich Twilight Race runners taking part in last year's event. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Ipswich Twilight Race runners taking part in last year's event. Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

More than 1,700 people will be running through Ipswich this evening – here are the key details for those taking part and going along to cheer them on.

Are you taking part in tonight's run? Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Are you taking part in tonight's run? Picture: LUCY TAYLOR

Road closures

There will be 38 road closures for tonight’s run – the closures start from 6.30pm and last until 9.30pm.

This means that your journey to the event may be affected, so make sure you plan around this and allow sufficient time.


The start and finish line will be in front of Suffolk New College on Rope Walk.

To access the start follow the signs to access the holding area which is located behind the main building.

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You will not be able to access the start from elsewhere on Rope Walk.

The 5K run starts at 7pm and is set to have 200 runners participating.

The 10K run starts at 7.30pm and is set to have 1,500 runners participating.

The route of the Twilight races around Ipswich town centre

The route of the Twilight races around Ipswich town centre - Credit: Archant

If you need a place to warm up, Alexandra Park is situated behind the college near the holding area.

You will be disqualified if you use headphones, portable music devices, or any other devices during your run. This is for safety reasons.

If for some reason you need to retire from the race, please try to make it to a marshal point or water station for assistance.

Please do not cross the finish line but report to the finish area to collect your memento.

If you are taking part in the 5K run, any runner still on the course after 25 minutes will be withdrawn from the race.

This is for runners’ safety as the 10K starts at 7.30pm and cannot be delayed.

If you are running the 10K it is understood that you are declaring yourself as medically fit to do so.

The organisers are not responsible in anyway in the event of illness or injury.


When you finish the race make sure you move quickly through the finish area to avoid congestion as directed by volunteers and race officials.

You will receive your medal and water when you finish, medical assistance is available if you need it.

If you are running the 5K, the prize presentation will be at approximately 8.15pm outside the atrium of Suffolk New College.

If you are running the 10K, the prize presentation will be at approximately 8.45pm outside the atrium of Suffolk New College.

Find out more about the run here.

Best place to stand to watch

If you are wanting to watch the run the best places to stand are near the start line, outside Vodka Revs and at the Cornhill.

There will be a Samba band playing on the Cornhill.

Number collection and baggage

If you are running the 5K race, your number for the race will be available from the atrium at Suffolk New College from 5pm today. If you are running the 10K race, your number will be available from 5.30pm.

Number collection will close at 7.15pm so make sure you allow plenty of time as their may be queues.

There will be two collection desks, one for the 10k and one for the 5k so make sure you go to the right one.

For safety reasons only the registered runner will be able to participate in the run.

Anyone found to be running in someone else’s number will be banned from future events as will the original registered runner.

Runners’ numbers must be visible on the front of their vest or top at all times. Competitors also need to make sure they fill in the medical and emergency contact information on the back.

When collecting your number make sure you have a photo ID with you.

Baggage buses will be parked near the start of the race ready to collect your things – baggage drop-off closes at 7.15pm.

There will be a detachable label on your race number which you should fix to your baggage before taking it to the buses.

You will need to show your race number to pick your bag up after the race.

The baggage area will be manned throughout the event, but items are left at the competitor’s own risk.

The race organisers will bear no responsibility for any loss or damage, including contents. Please do not bring valuable items.

Car parks

Limited free parking is available in the University College Suffolk car park on Long Street, Ipswich, IP3 8AH.

Due to the limited spaces it is important that you park considerately and follow and instructions given.

There will be a section of the college car park which is cordoned off and is reserved for use by GOALS customers only.

If the participant car park is full you will need to use other town centre pay and display car parks.

There will be display signs on the road to let you know if the car park is full.

Athena Hall car park is situated beneath the student halls of residence on Duke Street and can be accessed via Wykes Bishops Street. The postcode to park there is IP3 0DT.

Alternatively there is an open air RCP car park at Duke Orwell Quay, Duke Street IP3 0AQ.

There are more car parks here.

Make sure you don’t park in the roads around or adjoining the route as cars may be towed away.

Local participants are encouraged to share lifts, use public transport, travel by bike, or be dropped off and avoid bringing a car.

Cycle racks are available at Suffolk New College but are used at your own risk and the event organisers do not accept any responsibility for loss or damage.

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