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Great East Run

Ipswich, Suffolk

Portman Road Stadium, Portman Road, Ipswich, UK

Sun 20th September 2020

Starting at 11:00

1 race


Organiser's Description

This half marathon follows a fast flat course, great for both new runners and those looking for a half marathon PB.

Take on a fantastic half marathon in Ipswich on Sunday 20 September 2020! Challenge yourself to 13.1 amazing miles of the beautiful Suffolk countryside, musical entertainment, and plenty of cheering crowds. Set yourself a 2020 goal today! We hope to see you on the start line in 2020!

Starting and finishing close to Ipswich Town's Portman Road Stadium, runners pass the prestigious Willis building before heading down to Ipswich's vibrant waterfront. It then runs out and back along Wherstead Road, and on returning to the town centre, runners will continue along the waterfront for a second time, before reaching the finish line on Sir Alf Ramsey Way.


  • Half Marathon

    17+Yrs Old

    £33.00 CLOSED


  • Half Marathon

    17+Yrs Old

    £33.00 CLOSED

Course Details

The Simplyhealth Great East Run course follows a scenic route that is suitable for runners of all abilities.

Starting and finishing on Russell Road, runners pass the prestigious Willis building designed by Lord Foster before heading through the beautiful Holywells Park and travelling down to Ipswich's vibrant waterfront.

The route then passes Felaw Maltings on the way out and back along Wherstead Road, where participants will see Fox's Marina, Suffolk Food Hall and go twice under the iconic Orwell Bridge into Freston.

On returning to the town centre, runners will head towards Ipswich Town FC's Portman Road stadium, passing the statues of two football legends, Sir Bobby Robson and Sir Alf Ramsey, before crossing the finish line in the stadium's practice pitch and being welcomed by hundreds of supporters in the stands.

On the course you will find CLIF Bar feed stations with CLIF Shot Energy Gels and CLIF Bloks Energy Chews. This station will be around the 8 mile point on the course.

The family reunion area can be found in the event village, where there will be a number of flying flags displaying letters of the alphabet. Arrange to meet your loved ones under the flying flag displaying the first letter of your surname i.e. if your name is John Smith, you should arrange to meet under the 'S' flag.

How To Get There

Ipswich is approximately 1.5 hours’ drive from London, less than a three hour drive from Birmingham and around 1.5 hours from Norwich. Well sign-posted, the surrounding area of Suffolk is within close proximity with towns and villages easy to get to by major country and main roads. For help with planning your journey to Ipswich and Suffolk please visit


There are plenty of car parking options to choose from on event day. Visit to take a look at the car parks and tarrifs.

Bag Drop

We recommend arriving ready to run and leaving any valuables with family or friends. However, if this is not possible participants will be able to leave bags in the baggage-drop area.

Remove the baggage label (which is attached to your run number), fill in the details and secure the label your bag before leaving them in the baggage area.


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Ipswich, Suffolk