In 2006, after a ten year absence, the Perkins Great Eastern Run returned to the racing calendar and was a sensational success.
2015 half marathon summary
The Perkins Great Eastern Run was the second fastest half marathon in the UK behind the Great North Run and for the sixth year in a row a Kenyan won the race.
Philip Koech crossed the line in 61.40 to break the course record of 62.16 set by fellow Kenyan Edwin Kipyego in 2010.
Koech won an international 20k race in Morroco in March but otherwise his racing experience had until the Perkins Great Eastern Run been limited to Kenya.
Ugandan RunFast teammate Ben Siwa - who won the previous weekend’s Cardiff half marathon in a personal best 62.07 and who was third in the 2014 Perkins Great Eastern Run – came in second with a 62.40.
Third was another Kenyan, Declerk Onyambu, who finished in 65.14 in his first race on British soil.
Kenya also took the ladies race win with Lenah Jerotich finishing in 73.02 - two minutes in front of fellow Kenyan Jane Murage. Third in 76.05 was British runner Hayley Munn from Clapham Chasers.
First British runner to cross the line in the men’s race was Alistair Watson from Notts AC, who finished fourth in 67.18. His clubmate Matt Blunden was fifth in 68.53.
Top local runner was Anthony Johnson from Werrington Joggers. He finished ninth in 70.06, which was an improvement on his previous best by two minutes.
Steve Robinson of Peterborough Athletic Club was just behind him in 13th place in 70.29.
Fun run and wheelchair
The wheelchair race winner was Matt Clarke from Scunthorpe who made it round in 57.59.
The Anna’s Hope fun run winners were 15 year-old Cameron Everist from Bourne who finished in 17.05 and 13 year-old Amelia Monaghan of Nene Valley Harriers who clocked 19.12.
2014 half marathon summary
In 2014 the Perkins Great Eastern Run was another stunning success. Entry numbers for both races were consolidated against a backdrop of other half marathons experiencing a downturn in participants. The 2014 event became the highest attended Perkins Great Eastern Run.
Entries came in from all over the UK and overseas and it was Kenyans who dominated the half-marathon as they did the year previous. Kenya's Jonah Chesum, a 25 year-old Paralympian, stormed to victory in 63mins 36secs, finishing 20 seconds clear of Loitarakwai Lengurisi. Ugandan Ben Siwa claimed third with a 64.14.
First UK runner home was Ben Livesey from RAF Waddington took fourth place with 66.26.
Steve Way, who broke the British Over 40 marathon record at the Commonwealth Games in the summer, finished 7th.
First Peterborough runner home was Steve Robinson from Peterborough Athletic Club, who finished 10th in 70.04.
Second placed lady in 2013 - Perendis Lekapana - took winning lady honours and finished in 12th place overall in 72.40. Fellow Kenyan Gladys Kwambai was second in 73.46. Third lady was Georgie Bruinvels of Aldershot in 74.40 while Philippa Taylor of Nene Valley Harriers was first female finisher from Peterborough in 81.36.
The quickest ever Great Eastern Run is still the 62.16 set by Edwin Kipyego in 2010 while the ladies record of 72.14 set by Purity Kimetto in 2013 remains intact.
For the second successive year the wheelchair race was won by 59 year-old Gary Donald from London in a time of 77.56, comfortably beating his 86.22 in 2013.
2013 half marathon summary
Winning lady Purity Kimetto set a course record and a personal best of 71mins 52secs to beat Liz Yelling's record of 72.14 set in 2011.
Nicholas Kirui won the race with a personal best of 63.59 but that was well outside the course record of 62.16 set by Edwin Kipyego in 2010. Team-mate Peter Emase came in second with a time of 64.11.
Completing the top three for Kenya was the 2013 Madrid Half-Marathon champion Eliud Kipserem who crossed the line 67.33.
Local runner Aaron Scott from Stamford was fourth and the first British runner home in 67.35. Peter Martelletti - third in 2012 - was fifth in 67.54.
We work with local running clubs to ensure the runner is put first and even provide free training workshops throughout the summer for anyone wanting to step up to the challenge. The Perkins Great Eastern Run is a 'not for profit' event that allows you to raise funds for the charity of your choice.