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New format for the Ipswich Twilight Races as the event enters fourth year

This year the highly popular Ipswich Twilight Road Races will be embarking on a new format to build on the success of the event and give all abilities the opportunity to participate in the races.

The changes planned will transform the 5k race into an afternoon of athletics on Ipswich Waterfront. This event will happen on Saturday 12 May, where a series of races will take place leading up to the Ipswich Building Society’s Twilight 5k Elite race, starting at 7pm.

The 10k race will take place on Friday 3 August, starting and finishing outisde Suffolk New College as with previous years.

The event enjoyed a successful launch in 2015, when almost 1,000 people took to the start line at Suffolk New College. A year later, the second annual races attracted a further 300 participants, while in 2017 more than 1,700 people participated across both races.

Carl Ashton, Race Director, Ipswich Jaffa Running Club said “Splitting the Twilight 10k and 5k opens up many opportunities. We’ve listened to feedback from runners and stakeholders over the last three years and this format provides more opportunities for individuals whilst reducing the impact of road closures. We shall be introducing a Daily Mile for children, a family 2km run and a 5km business challenge alongside three Twilight 5km run heats based on ability. This gives everyone the chance to take part.” The proposed schedule of races is as follows:

1:45pm    Daily Mile

2:15pm    Most Active County (MAC) Family 2km Run

3pm    ABP Business Challenge (5km)

4pm    Q & A session with one of the invited guests – Approx. 30 minute session with one of the invited athletes in a lecture theatre in University of Suffolk.

5pm    30min and over Run – 5km run for those expecting to take over 30 minutes. Time limit of 45 minutes to be applied to allow course to be cleared for 6pm wave.

6pm    20min to 30min Run - 5km run for those expecting to take between 20 and 30 minutes. Time limit of 45 minutes to be applied to allow course to be cleared for 6pm wave.

7pm    Ipswich Building Society Elite 5k Race Start – 5km run for those who can complete the course in under 20 mins, male and female. Limited spaces available for this race.

Entries for the 5k are now open. Further details on both events can be found on the official website at:

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