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Great East Run challenge for 50 inactive Suffolk residents

Posted: Thu, 01 Mar 2018 08:00

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 and 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 the 16th 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 and 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 13.1mile 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 ½ marathon alongside 3,5000 other runners.

Cllr 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.

To apply for a place on the programme, visit www.suffolksport.com/ger2018 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.

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

If you're interested in taking part in the training for the Great East Run 2018 but would like further information, please contact Carol Lukins, Programme Coordinator on 07955 735514 or at carol.lukins@suffolk.gov.uk

Tags: Great East Run, Great East Run 2018

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