Great East Run Outreach Programme

Great East Run Outreach Programme

Applications for the 2020 programme will open week commencing the 2nd March. In the meantime do please read more about the programme below and visit to read some of the inspiring stories from last years participants

Welcome to the Great East Run outreach programme, developed by Suffolk County Council and Active Suffolk. The programme provides an opportunity for up to 40 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 20th September 2020, alongside an estimated 4,000 participants.

Full details of the event and the course can be found on the Great Run website at

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
  • Fast track Physiotherapy support from Allied Health Professionals
  • Nutrition workshop at the University of Suffolk and tour of the sports science labs
  • Entry into the Ipswich Building Society Twilight 10K on the 24th July 2020
  • Entry into the Simplyhealth Great East Run on the 20th September 2020

Past Participant Quotes and Comments

"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

"Without the programme I would not have had the motivation to run during the very hot summer, so would not have entered the half marathon. Without the coaches I would not have had the self belief that I would be able to complete a half marathon. Running with the group also made me realise how many opportunities there are in and around Ipswich to run off road" Elfreda

"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

"I have made some amazing friends and have achieved things I never thought able to do. I am so grateful I was picked for the programme" Hannah

Class of 2019

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 20th September 2020
  • Make a contribution of £30 to the programme

Programme Induction

  • Tuesday May 19th 5.45pm - 7.15pm Endeavour House, Russell Road, Ipswich, IP1 2BX

Training details:

  • Training sessions commence Tuesday 26th May
  • Location: Ipswich
  • Venues: Various
  • Day: Tuesdays
  • Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm

To find out more email or telephone Carol on 07955 735514

Programme Information and Application

Programme Partners

We are delighted to be working in partnership with Allied Health Professionals, Coes and the University of Suffolk in 2020. 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 2019. 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.