Ipswich Great East Run and Great East Swim axed by organisers
Two popular sporting events that attract thousands of participants have been axed.
The Great Run Company, which organises the Great East Run (GER) half-marathon in Ipswich, said the event, which usually takes place in September, was 'no longer viable due to operational challenges'.
It also said the John West Great East Swim, held at Alton Water, since 2008, had also been axed due to ongoing problems with blue-green algae.
The company, said on its website: "It is with sadness that we announce the Great East Run will not take place in 2022 or in the future.
"Over the past four years we’ve worked incredibly hard with our partners to bring a first class half marathon event to Suffolk.
"From the first firing of the start gun in 2017 to the last finisher crossing the line in 2019, we’ve enormously enjoyed delivering the Great East Run and seeing thousands achieve their goals and raise significant funds for charity.
"Unfortunately, following the Covid enforced cancellations in 2020 and 2021, as well as ongoing operational challenges, it is no longer viable for us to stage the event.
"We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Suffolk County Council for their excellent support, Jaffa Run Club for their considerable expertise, and of course, to everyone who has taken part or supported the event."
The event saw thousands of participants take part in the 13.1-mile run through Holywells Park, along Ipswich's waterfront, under the Orwell Bridge, to finish at Ipswich Town's Portman Road stadium.
Of the John West Great East Swim, which usually takes place in June, the company said:"It is with sadness that we announce the Great East Swim will not take place in 2022 or in the future.
"The ambition was to bring a high quality open water swim event to Suffolk and we’ve thoroughly enjoyed seeing thousands of swimmers achieve their goals and raise significant funds for good causes.
"Unfortunately, the Great East Swim is not currently feasible in its current site in Alton Water, due to ongoing challenges with blue-green algae which has caused the event to be impossible to stage in 2021.
"We have explored ways to mitigate this as well as looking for other locations, but unfortunately, we haven’t found a solution to the problem, and we can’t continue to operate without confidence the event will go ahead.
"We would like to say a heartfelt thank you to Suffolk County Council and Anglian Water for their excellent support, and of course, to everyone who has taken part or supported the event.
"Anyone who currently has an entry into the Great East Swim event will receive a full refund – all entrants will receive more details via email very shortly."