Getting ready for tomorrow’s Great East Run? Here’s what you need to know

The first Simplyhealth Great East Run, held for the first time last year. The second event takes pla

The first Simplyhealth Great East Run, held for the first time last year. The second event takes place In Ipswich on Sunday Picture: ANDY ABBOTT - Credit: Andy Abbott

With less than 24 hours until the big race we have all the latest information on road closures, parking and that all important weather forecast.

Road Closures

There are a huge number of road closures in place on Sunday for the event. Most roads in central Ipswich will be closed for a number of hours while the entrants pass through. By mid to late afternoon most roads should be open and traffic getting back to normal but it’s best to check before you travel.

Our full list shows you which roads will be closed and when.


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If you need to park on the day there are a number of options for you to choose from.

West End Car Park

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This costs £1 an hour to park or £5 for the whole day. This car park is best suited for those travelling in from the south. Access into Ipswich is via the A1214 London Road, then right into West End Road.

Portman Road car park

The car park costs the same as West End Car Park and is better for those arriving from the north of the town via the A12 or the A140 from Norwich. it is also ideal for those coming in from the west off the A14. Access to the car park is via Portman Road, turn off Handford Road.

St Peters Dock car park

This car park can hold almost 100 cars and is priced at £1.20 an hour, £6 for five hours. It is best suited for those wanting to spectate the from the Waterfront,

Slade Street car park

This is also close to the Waterfront and will cost you £1.90 for an hour,or £3.70 for the day rate.

Crown car park

If you are looking to park closer to the town centre, you could park at the newly built Crown car park which is one of the cheapest in Ipswich charging just £1 an hour, the car park boasts 541 wider spaces and is located in Claude Street.

Where do I need to be and when?

Once you’ve got to Ipswich and parked up where do you need to head next? The event kicks off at 8am with warm-ups taking place at 9.40. Your start time depends on what colour number you hold but will be before 10.15am.


To get the best possible times in tomorrows race its important that conditions are just right.

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