Most Active County 
Outreach programmes

Most Active County (MAC) is a unique partnership of local authorities, public sector bodies, the voluntary sector and private companies in Suffolk which has been established to begin to turn the tide of inactivity. Find out more about MAC

The MAC partnership has been responsible for bringing many large and small scale, mass participation events to the county, characterised by a programme of activity wrapped around them to encourage and inspire people to be active.

The Outreach programmes offer Suffolk residents the opportunity to get active through progressive programmes of training and support, with the goal of taking part in one of these events.

If you are currently inactive (doing less than 30 minutes activity per week) and would like to learn more about the opportunity to participate in one of the programmes – follow the links below.

Read more about the experiences of previous participants here.

We look forward to welcoming you onto one of the programmes and supporting you to make a positive difference to your health and wellbeing.

Great East Run

Great East Run

Disappointingly, the Great Run Company have had to cancel the Great East Run this year, due to specific operational challenges, availability of suppliers and changes to the wider calendar of events.

Despite this setback the outreach programme will continue but in a slightly different format whilst still providing a fantastic opportunity to make a positive change to your lifestyle?

The 2021 Outreach programme is for 40 adults in Suffolk who are currently inactive, to take part in a progressive programme of training and support to help you get physically active.
Instead of participating in the Great East Run this year the goal will be to complete a 10km run as part of a global Guinness Book of World Records attempt on Sunday 19th September with the programme coaches and other outreach participants.

Great Easter Swim 2019


Due to Covid-19 guidelines and timeline for opening swimming pools we are unable to deliver the Great East Swim Outreach Programme 2021.

We apologise for any disappointment and will hopefully be in a position to run the programme again in 2022. Apprilactions will be open in December.

The event itself is still going ahead on 19 June.

Read more and link to the John West Great East Swim below.

lady helping another lady with exercise


If you’re looking for inspiration, tips and ideas on how to become and stay more active – you’ll find lots of help over on our Keep Moving Suffolk website.

Moving more isn’t just good for our physical health, it’s good for our mental health too. It can help to improve moods, help us to sleep better, manage stress and anxiety, improve self esteem and  help us connect with others.


“This programme has had such a positive impact on my life, in lots of areas. I feel so much fitter and stronger, and way more confident to go out and exercise with others in the future. It has made me realise that even 30 mins of time spent walking/jogging/running has a big positive influence on how I feel mentally. I know this is just the start for me, and I am looking forward to the future with exercise as part of my life.

Claire, programme participant 2019

“Without the programme I would not have had the motivation to run during the very hot summer, so would not have entered the half marathon. Without the coaches I would not have had the self belief that I would be able to complete a half marathon. Running with the group also made me realise how many opportunities there are in and around Ipswich to run off road”

Elfreda. programme participant 2019

Programme partners

Allied Health Professionals Suffolk logo
COES logo
University of Suffolk logo
Suffolk Mind logo