Gallery: Miles of smiles at Ipswich half-marathon

ORGANISERS of Ipswich's first half-marathon for 20 years today hailed the run as a huge success - and began turning their thoughts to next year.

Anthony Bond

ORGANISERS of Ipswich's first half-marathon for 20 years today hailed the run as a huge success - and began turning their thoughts to next year.

Almost 1,000 runners completed the gruelling 13.1 mile course on Sunday, which took them across outer Ipswich, the town centre and Christchurch Park.

The route, which started and finished at Northgate Sports Centre in Sidegate Lane West, was lined with spectators cheering the competitors on.


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The half-marathon, which is sponsored by Larking Gowen chartered accountants and business advisors, will be run every year up to and including 2012.

David King, partner at Larking Gowen, said: “We are absolutely delighted to be involved in this prestigious event for Ipswich and in doing so have helped raise money for the two very worthwhile local nominated charities, Team Ipswich Sports Foundation and St Elizabeth Hospice.

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“The overall feeling at Northgate Sports Centre on the day was one of fun and commitment with people happy to drive many miles to take part in this event.”

Ipswich borough councillor Judy Terry added: “We are very grateful to all the runners and participants who have supported the event and in doing so are helping our sporting youngsters in Ipswich.

“Team Ipswich, JAFFA and Larking Gowen are committed to making the race bigger and better in 2010.”

The winner of the men's race was Adrian Mussett, who finished in 1hr 10mins while the first woman to cross the line was Sarah Stradling in 1hr 19mins.

The oldest man to complete the course was 80-year-old Eric Daykin, from Chantry, who managed to get around in an impressive 2hrs 43mins.

Catherine Barnes, from St Elizabeth Hospice, said: “This was a great event for the town and we are very grateful for all those who chose to run for St Elizabeth Hospice and everyone who gave so generously to our collection on the day.

“Your support will enable us to provide care for patients and their families, friends and carers throughout east Suffolk.”

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