About The Alton Water Run
The Alton Water Run started 8 years ago and has since grown from 70 to 1000 runners and raisses money for local schools. It was started initially by 3 primary schools in the local area, the joined by Holbook Academy 3 years ago. Holbrook Academy suggested the inclusion of the 5K run to bridge the gap between 2k and 10k to encourage more students to get fit.
The Alton Water Run is proud to support our local schools on the Shotley peninsula, the schools rely heavily on the funds you raise! Your donations help towards equipment and facilities for both indoor and outdoor sports, help organise school events such as musicals and inter-school tournaments, and provide funds for school trips and projects.
The Local Area
The reservoir is the largest area of inland water in Suffolk. It covers an area of nearly 400 acres in an Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is home to a variety of interesting waterfowl, especially in winter. Local volunteers have set up conservation zones and bird hides. The land that disappeared under the water was mostly agricultural. Two interesting buildings in the area were due to be covered – Alton Hall was lost, but Alton Mill was dismantled and rebuilt at the Museum of East Anglian Life in Stowmarket. It is Anglian Water’s fourth largest reservoir and was constructed to deal with a local water shortage. It currently provides the drinking water for 200,000 customers.