Alton Water Run


Alton Water Run cancelled
and charity to fold

The 2020 event was cancelled by the ongoing Covid pandemic and it has been difficult for the committee running the event to meet and decide how best to rearrange the event.
In the interim many committee members have left the charity and it has proved impossible to source replacements, and so we have made the regretful decision to cancel the postponed 2020 Alton Water Run and wind-up the charity, donating any remaining funds to the local schools.
We are offering all registered runners a refund of their entrance fee, subject to an admin fee to cover the processing.
We are also giving everyone the option of donating their entrance fee to the charity, as originally intended.
If you are a registered runner, please login to your RaceRoster dashboard to register your preference. If we don’t hear from you by the end of September we will presume you are happy for your entrance fee to be donated to the charity. Refunds will be processed at the beginning of October.
We are really sorry it has taken so long to get in touch regarding this matter, The Alton Water Run is run by volunteers and it has been very difficult for this decision to be made.
Please bear with us at the moment — all 5k runners should have received an e-mail with a link explaining how to register their choice. 10k runners will be contacted in due course. Please remember the event is run by volunteers, many of whom have left the organisation and it is proving problematic contacting everyone.

The Alton Water Run was a fantastic event, in spectacular scenery. It takes place at the beautiful Alton Water reservoir close to the Suffolk / Essex border. With runs to suit all ages and abilities, it is accessible to all. It is conveniently located, only 20 minutes from Colchester and 10 minutes from Ipswich.

It’s the perfect Sunday out for spectators as well as runners !


The Alton Water Run has three routes:

The 2k is open to all, including children in pushchairs and teams in fancy dress.

The 5k run is a chip-timed race for children aged 11+ and adults. The route winds through woodlands and fields, a great alternative to Parkrun and fantastic for C25K runners.

The 10k run is a chip-timed race, attracting runners from across the region. This route crosses woodland, fields and country lanes. It can be a great training run as part of a marathon or half marathon programme, it can be a target race for those focusing on their 10k time, and it can be an idyllic off-road setting for runners hoping to complete this distance for the first time. It is open to those aged 15+.

The Alton Water Run has a festival feel with fabulous food stalls, children’s entertainment and side stalls, a café, picnic area and playground. There is also access to acres of beautiful Suffolk countryside for bird watching, kayaking, hiking and bike riding. There is limited parking. The Alton Water Run is supported by Wolsey Probate alongside many other regional businesses. The run is a registered charity, raising much needed funds for the small rural schools around the reservoir – Stutton Primary School, Tattingstone Primary School, Holbrook Primary School and Holbrook Academy.