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Great East Run

GREAT EAST RUN

2017 will see the inaugural staging of the Great East Run in Ipswich, and our very own Helen Barker is one of the first to sign up to take part.

On 24th September 2017, she will join 2500 other runners on this brand new route. Ipswich is a vibrant, historic town that will provide a stunning backdrop for this event. 

"I am completely out of shape and unfit. Training for this half marathon will no doubt be hard but I love this charity I work for and they deserve every penny I can raise. Please join me and sign up too. You can enter the Great East Run here.

I have met many of the incredible people helped daily by The Somerville Foundation. People born with a heart condition, many who have battled throughout their whole lives to stay alive, fighting infections and illnesses, enduring surgery, after surgery, not knowing whether today will be their last. I have met their families and friends and shared highly emotional times as they struggle to cope with the unknowing, and tragically I have seen many lose their fight for life. 

Being involved in the work of The Somerville Foundation is hugely humbling and I feel privileged to take part in this event for them. They make a huge difference to the many lives they help, and so please dig deep to make a difference and help them too. Please make donations on my Justgiving page."

Join Helen's team of runners and you will receive:

  • TSF running vest to wear with pride on the day.
  • Fundraising pack with ideas to help you reach your target, including personalised posters and sponsorship forms.
  • Personalised online training schedule.
Call Helen on 01473 252007 or email helen@thesf.org.uk for more information.


This is the first time the Great East Run will bring elite athletes as well as charity runners to Ipswich. The route will be seen by experienced runners as a largely flat route, taking in some picturesque views and key landmarks of the town and surrounding areas.




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