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Joy for runners crossing finish line of first Great East Run in Ipswich

PUBLISHED: 13:02 24 September 2017 | UPDATED: 17:10 24 September 2017

One of the leading packs of runners at the Great East Run in Ipswich yesterday.     Picture: STEPHEN WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

One of the leading packs of runners at the Great East Run in Ipswich yesterday. Picture: STEPHEN WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

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Thousands of runners shared the exhilaration of crossing the finishing line of the first Great East Run in Ipswich.

Chelmsford runner Ryan Prout, of Thrift Green Trotters, won the race in 1:12:23, followed by Ipswich Jaffa’s Rob Chenery in 1:15:04 and Steve Skinner, of Run-Fast Sports Management, in 1:16:07.

There was good support along the route - with this young spectator high-fiving one of the competitors.    Picture: STEPHEN WALLER     WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMThere was good support along the route - with this young spectator high-fiving one of the competitors. Picture: STEPHEN WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Odette Robson took the women’s title for St Edmunds Pacers in 1:23:31, followed by Laura Thomas, of Ipswich Jaffa, in 1:25:47 and Alice Heather-Hayes, of Hadleigh Hares, in 1:26:39.

There were hundreds of spectactors along Ipswich waterfront for yesterday morning's race.    
PICTURE: STEPHEN WALLER    
WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMThere were hundreds of spectactors along Ipswich waterfront for yesterday morning's race. PICTURE: STEPHEN WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

• Results - See where you placed in the Great East Run 2017

Great East Run, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 24-September-2017.    
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WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMGreat East Run, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 24-September-2017. PICTURE: STEPHEN WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

The pack took off from the starting line at Russell Road at 10am, heading towards the town centre on their way around the half marathon course.

Great East Run, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 24-September-2017.    
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WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMGreat East Run, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 24-September-2017. PICTURE: STEPHEN WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Crowds lined the streets to cheer on those taking part, waving banners as they passed the town’s landmarks.

Great East Run, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 24-September-2017.    
PICTURE: STEPHEN WALLER    
WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMGreat East Run, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 24-September-2017. PICTURE: STEPHEN WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

The first of the runners are now crossing the finishing line.

Great East Run, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 24-September-2017.    
PICTURE: STEPHEN WALLER    
WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMGreat East Run, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 24-September-2017. PICTURE: STEPHEN WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Zoe and Ali Peck, 13 and 10, stood close to the Giles statue to catch a glimpse of their mum Helen and her friend Julie Temple, who have together raised more than £1,000 for Ipswich Hospital’s neo natal unit.

Zoe and Ali Peck, 13 and 10, with their dad Andrew were cheering on Helen Peck and her friend Julie Temple. Picture ADAM HOWLETTZoe and Ali Peck, 13 and 10, with their dad Andrew were cheering on Helen Peck and her friend Julie Temple. Picture ADAM HOWLETT

“Zoe said: “She is very brave to do it.

Great East Run, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 24-September-2017.    
PICTURE: STEPHEN WALLER    
WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMGreat East Run, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 24-September-2017. PICTURE: STEPHEN WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

“I think she is brilliant.”

Josh and Oliver Holland, 15 and 11, from Stowmarket, were cheering on their dad Tony. Picture: ADAM HOWLETTJosh and Oliver Holland, 15 and 11, from Stowmarket, were cheering on their dad Tony. Picture: ADAM HOWLETT

Helen’s husband Andrew said: “She was feeling a bit anxious earlier on but was really looking forward to it.

Great East Run, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 24-September-2017.    
PICTURE: STEPHEN WALLER    
WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMGreat East Run, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 24-September-2017. PICTURE: STEPHEN WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

“She is hoping to do it in around three hours I think.

The bananas in pyjamas are pictured on the waterfront.  Picture: STEPHEN WALLER    
WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMThe bananas in pyjamas are pictured on the waterfront. Picture: STEPHEN WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

“The run is really good for the town.
“It has brought the community together, people encouraging everyone else, around the course raising lots of money for charity.”

Great East Run, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 24-September-2017.    
PICTURE: STEPHEN WALLER    
WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COMGreat East Run, Ipswich, Suffolk, on 24-September-2017. PICTURE: STEPHEN WALLER WWW.STEPHENWALLER.COM

Josh and Oliver Holland, 15 and 11, from Stowmarket, were cheering along their dad Tony Holland who has raised around £2,000 for Alzheimer’s UK.

Josh said his dad had started running with him as part of his Duke of Edinburgh award.

He said: “We only started running 2k runs for a bit of fun but it has moved to 5k and 10k.

“He has lost more than four stone, he has trained really hard for this.

“So many people are taking part and cheering everyone on .

“It is a really good event and it keeps people fit.”

His girlfriend Amber Broom said: “He has been training all year for it.

“He even went out on Boxing Day after a big Christmas dinner the day before.

“We are all very proud of him, he has done so well.”

Stay with us for continued coverage of today’s Great East Run.

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