Great East Run challenge for 50 inactive Suffolk residents


50 Suffolk residents who are currently inactive are being given the opportunity to change their lives.

Residents in Suffolk can sign up for a supported run training programme in Ipswich, with the aim of completing the challenge of the Great East Run half marathon on 16 September 2018.

Participants will receive an extensive programme of support which will include;

  • advice and guidance by double Olympic long-distance runner Paul Evans
  • expert weekly coaching sessions
  • gait analysis and exclusive discounts on running gear at Coes in Ipswich
  • specialist diet and nutrition support
  • entry into the Twilight 10k and Great East Run

Over the course of 4 months, participants will be supported to develop their stamina, fitness and confidence to take on the 13.1 mile course.

The programme which has been developed by Suffolk County Council and supported by Suffolk Sport is open to individuals over the age of 18.

Its hoped that the programme will provide an opportunity for participants to embark on a life changing journey, which will see them complete the half marathon alongside 3,500 other runners.

Councillor Tony Goldson, Suffolk County Council’s Cabinet Member for Health said:

“We have seen the transformation that mass participation events can have on individuals lives and this programme provides an incredible opportunity for 50 Suffolk residents to take that first step to an active lifestyle and all the benefits this can provide”.  

The inaugural Great East Run last year was a great success with all 3,000 places selling out in a matter of months. The Great East Run is one of the latest additions to the Great Run Company’s portfolio of mass participation events, which also includes amongst others the Great North Run which is the World’s biggest half Marathon.

Valued at over £300 per participant, the opportunities are being made available at a small one-off charge of £30 per person.

To apply for a place on the programme, visit where full details of the eligibility criteria are available, alongside the application form. On application, the programme coordinator will then be in touch directly to discuss the programme in more detail.