Great East Run 

Charity Is The Winner In Record Breaking Great East Run

Monday, September 23, 09.00

A Shotley schoolgirl was among thousands of beneficiaries after the record breaking Great East Run raised an estimated £250,000 for charity. 

A team made up of family and friends, including dad Mark, school head teacher Richard Dedicoat, and Amanda and Matthew (pictured right) completed the half-marathon to raise more than £700 for Ipswich Diabetic Centre on Mia's behalf, as she is a Type One diabetic and relies on insulin injections.

 Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert was among the official starters for the race with a capacity 4,000 runners signing up for the 13.3 mile race on a hot sunny day.

Runners made their way around Ipswich before heading down Wherstead Road, along the Strand and up the scenic Freston Hill, cheered on by hundreds of well-wishers.

The runners were given a welcome soaking by an airport services  fire engine supplied by Belstead firm Falcon as they made their way along the river Orwell, and energy bars were handed out at a water station in the lay-by, which normally houses Tiffers. 

There was an array of brightly coloured outfits, Batman and Robin, and  guy wearing a forma white shirt and tie, complete with waistcoat plodded round in the sweltering heat. 

Hundreds gathered at the finishing line on in the shadow of main stand at Portman Road with Christopher Thompson, of the Aldershot Farnham and District Athletics Club,  winning in a time of 1:06:43, Andrew Rooke of Framlingham Flyers finished three minutes later at 1:09:39 and Danny Rock of Felixstowe Road Running Club was over the line at 1:10:22.

 The first woman finisher was Lauren Deadman of Havering Athletics Club with a time of 1:19:03, followed by Sophie Delderfield of the Vale of Aylesbury Athletics Club at 1:22:21 and Alice Heather-Hayes of the Hadleigh Hares Athletics Club was third with 1:27:40.

Now in its third year the event has refined its procedures to minimise disruption and the benefits it brings in terms of health and wellbeing, tackling obesity, mental health and the economic boost, have helped make it the most impressive and worthwhile run in East Anglia. 

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