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Great East Run Outreach Programme

Applications are now open for this programme and will close on the 13th May.

Welcome to the Great East Run outreach programme, developed by Suffolk Sport and Suffolk County Council. The programme provides an opportunity for up to 50 Suffolk residents who are currently inactive and over the age of 18 to take part in a progressive programme of training and support to help them get physically active, with the goal of taking part in the Great East Run on the 16th September 2018, alongside an estimated 3,500 participants.

Full details of the event and the course can be found on the Great Run website at http://www.greatrun.org/great-east-run

To be eligible for a place on the programme you must be currently inactive, (undertaking/or doing less than 30 minutes of moderate/vigorous activity per week).

What is moderate to vigorous activity?

Moderate activity will raise your heart rate, and make you breathe faster and feel warmer. One way to tell if you're working at a moderate level is if you can still talk, but you can't sing the words to a song.

Vigorous activity makes you breathe hard and fast. If you're working at this level, you won't be able to say more than a few words without pausing for breath.

What will you receive

Participants will receive an extensive programme of support from experienced run coaches with expert advice and guidance from double Olympic long distance runner Paul Evans.

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

The programme includes:

  • Weekly supported training sessions by experienced local run coaches
  • Exclusive discount on all running footwear and clothing at Coes of Ipswich
  • Gait analysis and advice on the most appropriate footwear to suit your walking/running style at Coes of Ipswich
  • Physiotherapy support from Allied Health Professionals
  • Entry into the Ipswich Building Society Twilight 10K on the 3rd August 2018
  • Entry into the Simplyhealth Great East Run on the 16th September 2018

Participant Quotes and Comments from 2017

"The programme has really boosted my confidence and has motivated me to continue taking part in exercise now that I know that I can!" Sarah

"I now feel healthier and fitter and am not so self-conscious when I go out in my running gear, meaning I am more likely to keep it up." Lorraine

"This programme has had such a positive impact on my life, in lots of areas. I feel so much fitter and stronger, and way more confident to go out and exercise with others in the future. It has made me realise that even 30 mins of time spent walking/jogging/running has a big positive influence on how I feel mentally. I know this is just the start for me, and I am looking forward to the future with exercise as part of my life." Claire

"I never dreamed I would ever run a half marathon. I now feel confident to just go out for a run on my own. One thing ticked off the bucket list!!" Leanne

"The programme was outstanding and really has been life changing for me." John

Entry Criteria and Programme Location

The programme is worth over £300 but costs just £30 to join.

Places will be allocated on a first come first served basis to individuals meeting the entry criteria below:

  • Inactive (doing less than 30 minutes of moderate to vigorous physical activity per week) as defined above.
  • Suffolk resident
  • Over the age of 18 at the start of the programme
  • Commit to attend at least 75% of the weekly coached sessions
  • Commit to train at least once per week in addition to the coached session
  • Be available to participate in the Great East Run on the 16th September 2018
  • Make a contribution of £30 to the programme

Programme Induction

  • Tuesday May 22nd 5.45pm - 8pm Endeavour House Ipswich

Training details:

  • Training sessions commence Tuesday May 29th
  • Location: Ipswich
  • Venues: Various
  • Day: Tuesdays
  • Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

To find out more email Carol.lukins@suffolk.gov.uk or telephone Carol on 07955 735514

Programme Registration

Programme Partners

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Allied Health Professionals and Coes in 2018. More information on each of our partners can be found by clicking on their logo below.

"Coes are proud to support The Great East Run Outreach programme 2018. No matter if you're looking to kick start your fitness journey or are a seasoned runner, we offer a wide range of sports clothing, equipment and accessories, including gait analysis and FootBalance services to help you ensure you're performing at your best."

London 2012 placed great focus on what can be achieved through the inspiration and power of sport, using it as a catalyst for positive change.

Thanks to strong political leadership from Suffolk County Council the county embraced this ambition and have been proactive ever since in using the Games to secure significant ongoing benefits for Suffolk.

In February 2012 the Most Active County (MAC) programme was launched as a branded partnership of local authorities, public sector bodies, the voluntary sector and private companies to begin to turn the tide of inactivity.

For partners to work together to shift inactive behaviours, address barriers and create, promote and commission sport and physical activity opportunities that support healthy lifestyles.

  • CSP Network
    Sport England
    Suffolk County Council
    Harrod UK
    Abbeycroft Leisure
  • Ipswich Borough Council
    South Suffolk Leisure
    Waveney District Council
    Mid Suffolk District Council
    Anything Print
  • St Edmundsbury Borough Council
    Suffolk Coastal District Council
    Babergh District Council
    Forest Heath District Council
    Places 4 People
  • Ufford Park
  • CSP Network
  • Sport England
  • Suffolk County Council
  • Harrod UK
  • Abbeycroft Leisure
  • Ipswich Borough Council
  • South Suffolk Leisure
  • Waveney District Council
  • Mid Suffolk District Council
  • Anything Print