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

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 - Credit: Archant

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.

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 - Credit: Archant

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.

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 - Credit: Archant

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

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 - Credit: Archant

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

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 - Credit: Archant

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.

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 - Credit: Archant

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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 - Credit: Archant