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Dear runner, Cancelling this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run half marathon was something we never thought we'd have to do, but as I know you will appreciate, your safety comes first and it was the right decision. 
 
Just before the start of the half marathon our police colleagues were notified of a man acting suspiciously on one part of the route.  
 
The information received was considered serious enough for us to delay the start of the race whilst the police thoroughly investigated the matter. It was hoped we could get the race underway by 10.45am but as we approached 11am (half an hour after the half marathon was due to start) we had to make the decision to cancel the race based on the information available to us. 
 
During this time the police launched a major firearms response and after a comprehensive investigation into the matter it was determined that the witness who reported the incident, whilst acting in good faith, misinterpreted what was seen. 
 
Whilst I know the cancellation of the race was frustrating for all concerned, public safety must take priority. 
 
In regard to your entry fee and any additional items purchased when making your entry, a refund will be issued to the bank card you used within the next three weeks. 
 
Your refund payment is being made by Active (the race's entry system provider) once we release the funds back to them next week. Active have advised us that your entry fee and processing fee (what you paid them at the point of checkout) will be refunded to you in one transaction. 
 
This is a manual process that will be checked by Active, so if they accidentally miss the processing fee, they will send it as a separate refund. 
 
We did explore the option of transferring your entry fee to next year's event as an alternative to a refund. Doing this, however, will be a difficult administrative task, so we have decided to offer a refund only, which enables the process to be more efficient for everyone involved. 
 
If you have not received your full refund within the next three weeks, please email support@active.com 
 
I, together with members of the organising team, thank you for your understanding and we look forward to welcoming you back for next year's event. 
 
Yours sincerely 
Jon Marsden
Race Director, Perkins Great Eastern Run 
 


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Runners can get advice from experienced racers and coaches at a series of free training sessions in the build up to this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run.

 

The sessions take place fortnightly on Wednesday evenings at Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track in Bishops Road.

 

The first session takes place on July 10 with the events held up until October 2. Each session starts with a warm-up at 7pm and will last around an hour.

 

Runners can meet seasoned competitors who will be acting as pacers to help entrants achieve personal best times in the race which takes place on Sunday, October 13.

 

Councillor Steve Allen, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for recreation, said: "Running is becoming more and more popular in Peterborough as witnessed by the recent Sunrise 5K event which attracted over 200 participants, as well as our previous free lunchtime sessions which were well attended.

 

"These sessions are a great way to get in shape for the Great Eastern Run and get advice on how to prepare for the big day. They are led by some of the best coaches in the region and are suitable for people of all levels of fitness and experience with runners split into groups to reflect their ability."

 

Runners do not have to be signed up to the Perkins Great Eastern Run to take part in the sessions, you could be considering taking part or just want some running advice.

 

Target times for pacers will range from finishing the race in just under 90 minutes, to up to three hours which is the race limit.

 

Representatives from the charity Anna's Hope will be on hand at the first session for anyone who wants to find out about the 5K Fun Run event.

 

Visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk for more information about pacers, target times and the free training sessions. Entries to the half marathon and Fun Run.

 

Follow the latest Perkins Great Eastern Run developments on Twitter @PerkinsGER, Facebook www.facebook.com/ThePerkinsGreatEasternRun and Instagram @perkinsgreateasternrun.

Runners can get advice from experienced racers and coaches at a series of free training sessions in the build up to this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run.

 

The sessions take place fortnightly on Wednesday evenings at Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track in Bishops Road.

 

The first session takes place on July 10 with the events held up until October 2. Each session starts with a warm-up at 7pm and will last around an hour.

 

Runners can meet seasoned competitors who will be acting as pacers to help entrants achieve personal best times in the race which takes place on Sunday, October 13.

 

Councillor Steve Allen, Peterborough City Council’s cabinet member for recreation, said: "Running is becoming more and more popular in Peterborough as witnessed by the recent Sunrise 5K event which attracted over 200 participants, as well as our previous free lunchtime sessions which were well attended.

 

"These sessions are a great way to get in shape for the Great Eastern Run and get advice on how to prepare for the big day. They are led by some of the best coaches in the region and are suitable for people of all levels of fitness and experience with runners split into groups to reflect their ability."

 

Runners do not have to be signed up to the Perkins Great Eastern Run to take part in the sessions, you could be considering taking part or just want some running advice.

 

Target times for pacers will range from finishing the race in just under 90 minutes, to up to three hours which is the race limit.

 

Representatives from the charity Anna's Hope will be on hand at the first session for anyone who wants to find out about the 5K Fun Run event.

 

Visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk for more information about pacers, target times and the free training sessions. Entries to the half marathon and Fun Run.

 

Follow the latest Perkins Great Eastern Run developments on Twitter @PerkinsGER, Facebook www.facebook.com/ThePerkinsGreatEasternRun and Instagram @perkinsgreateasternrun.

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Peterborough City Council is informing residents and motorists about road closures around the city for this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run.


Both the half marathon and the Anna's Hope fun run will start and finish on The Embankment. The 5km fun run starts at 10am on Sunday October 14 and the half marathon follows at 10.30am.


Entries to both races close at midday on Friday 12 October at midday. There are no entries available on the day itself.


To ensure the race goes as smoothly as possible the council will be closing several roads on the 13.1 mile route.


The following roads will be closed between 9.30am and 10.45am: Rivergate, Bourges Boulevard (southbound) from the Queensgate roundabout, Priestgate, Cathedral Square, Long Causeway and Broadway.


In general, all other roads along the route will be closed from 9.30am until 2pm. However, as the last runner passes each mile point, that road junction will reopen.


The mile points and approximate reopening times are:


1 mile - 11am - Broadway to Northminster

2 mile - 11.15am - Park Road to Park Crescent (two way route opens on return)

3 mile - 11.30am - Fulbridge Road to Foxdale (two way route opens on return)

4 mile - 11.45am - Paston Ridings to Witham Way

5 mile - 12pm - Corfe Avenue to Rockingham Grove

6 mile - 12.15pm - Lincoln Road to Staverton Road

7 mile - 12.30pm - David's Lane to Hodgson Avenue

8 mile - 12.45pm - Fulbridge Road to Aster Drive

9 mile - 1pm - Donaldson Drive to Pratt Avenue

10 mile - 1.15pm - Fulbridge Road to Tennyson Road

11 mile - 1.30pm - Dogsthorpe Road to Park Road

12 mile - 1.45pm - Eastfield Road to Boongate

13 mile - 2pm - Embankment - finish


Annette Joyce, Peterborough City Council's Service Director, Environment and Economy, said: "With the Perkins Great Eastern Run fast approaching it's important residents and businesses take note of these road closures.


"The race is one of the biggest events on our annual calendar and we expect many hundreds of residents and visitors to come out and support the runners along the course.


"However, we always want to minimise the impact on other residents by ensuring they know in advance about the necessary road closures we need to put in place. We would like to thank road users for their cooperation during this event."


Entries to the half marathon and fun run can be made online. Visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk for more information.

For road closure enquiries, please call: 01777 705053 (option 2) between the hours of 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

The council, in association with RingGo cashless parking, has introduced a special offer for runners to park all day in council car parks for just £3 when you use RinGo cashless parking.

By registering with RinGo you will save time by avoiding ticket machine queues and save money.

Visit www.myRingGo.co.uk/park or use the RingGo smartphone apps.
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This year’s much-anticipated Perkins Great Eastern Run is just one month away and would-be runners are being urged to sign up before the late entry fee is applied.

Places remain available for the popular half marathon and with entry fees increasing by £2 from Friday, September 21, anyone thinking of signing up is urged to do so as soon as possible.

So far over 3,500 people have registered for the run which takes place on Sunday, October 14 and also includes a wheelchair race and a 5K Fun Run in aid of the charity Anna’s Hope.

Starting and finishing at the city’s Embankment, the half marathon route takes runners through the city centre and north up to Werrington, before looping back to the finish.

Annette Joyce, Race Director, said: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run is one of the fastest courses in the country and we get runners from near and far taking part, so it is always a fantastic occasion.

"More and more people are taking up running and we want to give them an event where they can have a brilliant day with fellow runners being cheered on by the great crowds we see all around the course."

The closing date for entries is Friday 12 October at midday, or when the race limits are reached, whichever comes first.

Entries to the half marathon and fun run can be made online at www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

Meanwhile, free fortnightly training sessions which are being held to help runners prepare for the event, are continuing to take place.

Runners of all abilities are welcome to attend the sessions at Peterborough Embankment Athletics in Bishops Road which take place on Wednesday September 19 and Wednesday October 3 from 7pm.

You can follow the latest Perkins Great Eastern Run developments on Twitter @PerkinsGER and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ThePerkinsGreatEasternRun

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The chance to get advice from experienced runners and coaches will be on offer at a series of free training sessions in the build up to this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run.

The sessions take place fortnightly on Wednesday evenings at Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track in Bishops Road.

The first session takes place on July 11 with the events held up until October 3. Each session starts with a warm-up at 7pm and will last around an hour.

Runners can meet seasoned competitors who will be acting as pacers to help entrants achieve personal best times in the race which takes place on Sunday, October 14.

Annette Joyce, Peterborough City Council's Service Director for Environment and Economy, said: "Running is becoming more and more popular in Peterborough as witnessed by the recent Sunrise 5K event which attracted over 200 participants, as well as our previous free lunchtime sessions which doubled in attendance this year.

"These sessions are a great way to get in shape for the Great Eastern Run and get advice on how to prepare for the big day.

"They are led by some of the best coaches in the region and are suitable for people of all levels of fitness and experience with runners split into groups to reflect their ability."

Runners do not have to be signed up to the Perkins Great Eastern Run to take part in the sessions, you can be considering taking part or merely just want to get some running advice.

Target times for papers will range from finishing the race in just under 90 minutes, to up to three hours which is the race limit.

Representatives from the charity Anna's Hope will be on hand at the first session for anyone who wants to find out about the 5K Fun Run event.

Visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk for more information about pacers, target times and the free training sessions. Entries to the half marathon and Fun Run.

Follow the latest Perkins Great Eastern Run developments on Twitter @PerkinsGER, Facebook www.facebook.com/ThePerkinsGreatEasternRun and Instagram @perkinsgreateasternrun.

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Peterborough City Council is informing residents and motorists about road closures around the city, necessary for this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run. 

Both the half marathon and the Anna's Hope fun run will start and finish on The Embankment. The 5km fun run starts at 10am on Sunday October 8 and the half marathon follows at 10.30am. 

Entries to both races close at midday on Friday 6 October. Organisers already anticipate a record number of entries for the half marathon. There are no entries available on the day. 

To ensure the race goes as smoothly as possible the council will be closing several roads on the 13.1 mile route. 

The following roads will be closed between 9.30am and 10.45am: Rivergate, Bourges Boulevard (southbound) from the Queensgate roundabout, Priestgate, Cathedral Square, Long Causeway and Broadway. 

In general, all other roads along the route will be closed from 9.30am until 2pm. However, as the last runner passes each mile point, that road junction will reopen. 

The mile points and approximate reopening times are: 

1 mile - 11am - Broadway to Northminster 
2 mile - 11.15am - Park Road to Park Crescent 
3 mile - 11.30am - Fulbridge Road to Foxdale 
4 mile - 11.45am - Paston Ridings to Witham Way 
5 mile - 12pm - Corfe Avenue to Rockingham Grove 
6 mile - 12.15pm - Lincoln Road to Staverton Road 
7 mile - 12.30pm - David's Lane to Hodgson Avenue 
8 mile - 12.45pm - Fulbridge Road to Aster Drive 
9 mile - 1pm - Donaldson Drive to Pratt Avenue 
10 mile - 1.15pm - Fulbridge Road to Tennyson Road 
11 mile - 1.30pm - Dogsthorpe Road to Park Road 
12 mile - 1.45pm - Eastfield Road to Boongate 
13 mile - 2pm - Embankment - finish 

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, which organises the race, said: "With the Perkins Great Eastern Run fast approaching it's important residents and businesses take note of these road closures. 

"The race is one of the biggest events on our annual calendar and we expect many hundreds of residents and visitors to come out and support the runners along the course. 

"However, we always want to minimise the impact on other residents by ensuring they know in advance about the necessary road closures we need to put in place. We would like to thank road users for their cooperation during this event."

Entries to the half marathon and fun run can be made online. Visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk for more information. 

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Embargoed until - Tuesday 19 September – 11am

Local charities set to receive £5,000 from Jane Tomlinson Appeal

Five local charities and good causes are set to receive a £1,000 cash prize from the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, a charity which partners with the Perkins Great Eastern Run.
The appeal asked the people of Peterborough to nominate their favourite local cause to receive a cash injection and hundreds of suggestions were made. Five causes have been selected to receive £1,000 each.
The successful causes are No Gain No Pain UK, Personalised Eating Disorder Support (PEDS), Cruse Peterborough, Inspire Peterborough and Carers Trust Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.


PHOTO/MEDIA OPPORTUNITY
Where - Peterborough Town Hall
When - Tuesday 19 September at 11am
What - The Jane Tomlinson Appeal, representatives from PGER and the beneficiary charities will assemble for a photo opportunity and celebration of the Great Peterborough Giveaway 2017.
Appeal Manager Kate Goldring said “We were overwhelmed to read all the nominations, clearly a lot of great work takes place in the Peterborough community. For us, it’s important to give back to the communities who support us and through our partnership with the Perkins Great Eastern Run; the people of Peterborough have done just that. We’re thrilled to be able to support five fantastic causes in the area.”


No Gain No Pain UK is a small local charity raising money for syringe drivers to be used in the local community. A syringe driver is a small computerised machine that can be programmed to give patients a measured dose of pain relief and other drugs during palliative care. The machines can help patients remain at home with loved ones instead of going into hospital or a hospice.


Lee Nicholls of No Gain No Pain responded to the news of the donation and said: “Syringe drivers cost £1,100 each. Many large areas were sharing just one or two of these machines and we are slowly managing to increase these numbers.


“We have donated an extra 18 machines over the last two years and these have been in constant use since they were handed over. We are extremely thankful to the trustees of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal for supporting our cause.”


Annette Joyce, race director for Peterborough City Council, said: “A fantastic amount of money was raised for good causes at last year’s race which will now go to supporting very worthwhile causes nominated by the residents of Peterborough. It proves yet again that the Perkins Great Eastern Run is not just a race, but a real community event that benefits many good causes both through the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and the many other charities that benefit as a result of those taking part.
“Around 200 runners are signed up for this year’s race in just a few weeks’ time so even more good causes will benefit as a result.”
The Jane Tomlinson Appeal was launched as a lasting legacy to Jane Tomlinson CBE who died from cancer in 2007. Before her untimely death aged just 43, Jane raised £1.8m for children's and cancer charities through a series of incredible endurance feats - despite suffering from terminal cancer.


Although Jane spent most of her life in Yorkshire, she lived in Peterborough when her husband Mike worked in the city. Their daughter Rebecca, one of three children, was born at Peterborough District Hospital.
Rebecca, who ran the half marathon in 2016 for the appeal, said: “We’re so excited that the Perkins Great Eastern Run has chosen to support the Jane Tomlinson Appeal again in 2017.


“My parents moved to Peterborough not long after they got married and I was born there, so the city will always be really special to me. To know that the city is helping to carry on mum’s legacy now is really touching for me.”

About the Jane Tomlinson Appeal

Jane Tomlinson CBE raised £1.85m for children’s and cancer charities before her untimely death from cancer aged just 43 in 2007. She made headlines across the world by competing in a series of epic endurance challenges from the London Marathon, ironman and triathlon competitions, to a 4,200 mile cycle ride across the width of the USA – despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
The charity set up in her name has made a difference to scores of good causes, in the main children’s and cancer charities, across the North and Midlands.


The charity is proud to be the charity partner of the Perkins Great Eastern Run for a second year this October 8th and is welcoming entrants to sign up and fundraise for the Appeal.


Places for the run are still available on the website and you can select to support the Jane Tomlinson Appeal when registering www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk/enter


For more information contact the Jane Tomlinson Appeal on 0113 826 7775 or email info@janetomlinsonappeal.com  

 

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As of tomorrow (Saturday 19 August), there's 50 days to go until this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run. Have you signed up to take part?

Many people will have been inspired by the fantastic achievements of Mo Farah and his fellow athletes at the IAAF World Championships recently and now want to set their own running goals.

The Perkins Great Eastern Run half marathon is one of Britain's fastest half marathons and there is also a wheelchair race and a Anna's Hope 5K fun run.

Entries have been coming in in their numbers over the summer and the 2017 race is set to be the biggest event yet.

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, which organises the race, said: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run is one of the fastest courses in the country and we get runners from near and far on the start line.

"More and more people are taking up running and we want to give them an event where they can have a fantastic day with fellow runners being cheered on by the great crowds we see all around the course."

 
The race takes place on Sunday 8 October and the closing date for entries is Friday 6 October 2017 at midday, or when the race limits are reached, whichever comes first. Entry prices increase by £2 for each race from Friday 22 September.

Entries to the half marathon and fun run can be made online at www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

Entries can also be made by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough.


David Nicoll, global marketing director for principal sponsors Perkins, added: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run is one of the highlights in the city's sporting calendar and this year's event is on course to attract more runners than ever before. 

"For those who are relatively new to running, please take advantage of the advice and support that's available, for free, to help you train and prepare for the run. This support is also available to more experienced runners, to help get you up to speed and achieve your target time."  

Runners of all abilities are welcome to attend the free training sessions that take place at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track.

Each training session begins at 7pm and the four remaining dates are Wednesday 23 August, Wednesday 6 September, Wednesday 20 September and Wednesday 4 October.

Entrants are also advised that if they have had a change of postal address since entering to let the race team know.  Race packs are due to go out shortly and if the pack goes to the wrong address because they have moved, there will be a cost to re-send the pack.

Follow the latest Perkins Great Eastern Run developments on Twitter @PerkinsGER and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ThePerkinsGreatEasternRun

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Get advice from experienced runners and coaches at a series of free training sessions in the build up to the Perkins Great Eastern Run.

The sessions take place fortnightly at Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track on Bishop's Road and will help prepare runners for race day.

The first session takes place on Wednesday 12 July and training starts with a warm-up at 7pm and will last around an hour.

Runners can meet seasoned competitors who will be acting as pacers to help entrants achieve their personal best on Sunday 8 October.

A prize draw competition to win the latest running accessories will be held at the end of each session.

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, which organises the race, said: "Entries for the Perkins Great Eastern Run are already up on last year and many entrants will now be looking to step up their training in order to achieve the time they want on the day.

“These sessions are a popular way to talk to experienced runners and get tips on how to prepare for the day. Often last year more than 100 people would be at these sessions.

“They are led by some of the best coaches in the region and are suitable for people of all levels of fitness and experience with runners split into groups that reflect their ability."

Runners don't have to be already signed up to the Perkins Great Eastern Run to go along to the sessions, you can be considering or merely just want to get some running advice.

Target times for pacers will range from finishing the race in just under 90 minutes, to up to three hours which is the race time limit.

Representatives from the Anna’s Hope charity will be on hand at the first session for anyone who wants to find out more about the 5km Fun Run event.

There is still time for local charities to win one of five £1,000 grants thanks to a partnership between The Jane Tomlinson Appeal and Perkins Great Eastern Run. Visit www.janetomlinsonappeal.com/GreatEasternGiveaway

Visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk for more information about pacers, target times and the free training sessions. Entries to the half marathon and fun run can be made online.

Entries can also be made by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough.

Follow the latest Perkins Great Eastern Run developments on Twitter @PerkinsGER and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ThePerkinsGreatEasternRun

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Charities can nominate themselves for one of five £1,000 grants thanks to a sponsorship partnership between the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and Perkins Great Eastern Run.

The £5,000 was raised through generous donations at last year’s event in Peterborough and is now ready to be distributed to local good causes.

In this new community initiative, nominations are welcome from charities in Peterborough that support children or anyone affected by cancer.

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal was launched as a lasting legacy to Jane who died in 2007 aged just 43. Despite suffering from terminal cancer Jane raised £1.8 million for children's and cancer charities through a series of incredible endurance feats.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY

What: Representatives from the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, including Mike Tomlinson, will launch the charity grant initiative, alongside representatives from the city council, Perkins, city running coaches and lunchtime session runners
Where: Peterborough Athletics Track, Bishops Road, PE1 5BW
When: 12pm on Wednesday 21 June

As the date for this year’s event on Sunday 8 October gets closer the giveaway marks the second year of the charity and Perkins Great Eastern Run fundraising together.

Peterborough is a special place for Jane’s family as it’s where they lived when the children were young. Her daughter Rebecca, one of three children, was born at Peterborough District Hospital and ran the half marathon for the appeal in 2016.

Rebecca said: "We’re so excited that the Perkins Great Eastern Run has chosen to support the Jane Tomlinson Appeal again in 2017. My parents moved to Peterborough not long after they got married and I was born there, so the city will always be really special to me. To know that the city is helping to carry on mum’s legacy now is really touching."

Mike Tomlinson, Jane’s husband, added: "We are thrilled to be involved in the Perkins Great Eastern Run for a second year and wanted to give something back. Jane Tomlinson Appeal runners raised £3,500 at the event in 2016; the charity has topped up that sum to £5,000 to give back to the city’s good causes."

Annette Joyce, Peterborough City Council’s service director for city services and communications, said: "The Perkins Great Eastern run is a fantastic event full of extraordinary people doing extraordinary things and the Jane Tomlinson Appeal is no exception. We’re delighted at their support for Peterborough and incredibly grateful for this new community fund that is going to benefit charities in our city."

Nominations must be received by Monday 14 August 2017 to be considered for a grant.

To nominate, people can pick up a form from the Visitor Information Centre, Bridge Street, Peterborough or visit www.janetomlinsonappeal.com/GreatEasternGiveaway

Free, coached running sessions take place at Peterborough Athletics Track every Wednesday at 7.30am and 12noon until July 5. All abilities are welcome.

To enter this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

 

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Start your day with a spring in your step at free morning running sessions which take place through to July.

The hour-long track based sessions are perfect for people who want to stretch their legs in the morning while getting coaching tips at the same time.

The runs are at the Embankment Athletics Track, in Bishop’s Road, Peterborough, every Wednesday from 7.30am to 8.30am until 5 July 2017.

Everyone is welcome to attend and all abilities are catered for.

The simple benefits of running in the morning include that you will feel energised and ready for the rest of your day.

There is also a lunchtime session from 12 noon to 1pm on the same day. All sessions are overseen by a fully qualified England Athletics Endurance Coach.

There is no need to book in advance, just simply turn up with your trainers and running clothes. Changing facilities and showers are available at the athletics track and for further information you can email info@run4fun.co.uk

The sessions are part of the Healthy Peterborough campaign. Find out more at www.healthypeterborough.org.uk

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Children from Castor Church of England Primary School ​were rewarded for their efforts in the Anna’s Hope Schools Challenge ​at last year's ​Anna’s Hope Fun Run​.​

The school raised £2​,​475 for Anna’s Hope​,​ which was the​ biggest amount achieved​ by ​all the schools that entered. Main sponsor ChromaSport and Trophies​ awarded the school with a voucher worth £500​. They ​were ​also ​presented with​ a TV from Aldi Peterborough.

In addition, the school also receive​d​ the Anna’s Hope Schools Challenge Trophy.​ The r​unne​r​​-u​p ​silverware went to ​Nene Valley Primary School ​who ​raised £795​.​

Carole Hughes, founder of Anna's Hope, said: ​"​We really appreciate the support we had from the children, the schools, the ​city ​council and ​our sponsors. Congratulations to Castor ​s​chool and to their inspirational ​​headteacher​n ​Mark Ratchford.​"​

Annette Joyce, ​s​ervice ​d​irector, ​c​ity services and ​c​ommunications,​ at​ Peterboroug h City Council said​:​ "Our city schools did a great job in rising to this sporting challenge. I congratulate all those who took​ ​part and hope they are ready and raring to go for the Anna’s Hope​ ​Fun Run on October 8 this yea​r."​​​

Michael Vincent owner of ChromaSport and Trophies​,​ who has sponsored the Schools Challenge for the last eight years​,​ said​: "​I am delighted to support and sponsor t​​he Anna’s Hope Schools Challenge, as running and raising money for a worthy local cause is a great way to get our children active​."​

John Greaves​, a​rea ​m​anger from Aldi said​: "​The stores in Peterborough value the importance of the work of Anna’s Hope and are delighted to be able to play a part in supporting their worthy cause. It is great to see the Castor Church of England Primary School going the extra mile​!"​

For​ information about t​he ​2017 ​Anna’s Hope Schools Challenge​, call​​ Carole Hughes​: ​07831 398637 or ​email ​admin@annashope.co.uk

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Make it a date to remember this Valentine's Day by signing up to the Perkins Great Eastern Run when online entry officially opens tomorrow.

This year's event is promising to be the biggest ever with more than 1,600 people already pre-registered for the race which takes place in Peterborough on Sunday 8 October.

2016 saw the highest turnout of runners in its history for the Peterborough City Council-organised race. A total of 4,262 runners ran the half marathon and 1,257 people took part in the Anna’s Hope 5km Fun Run.

The event had the strongest-ever representation from elite runners. One of the fastest UK half marathons, runners came from all over the country and, indeed, the world, with entries from USA, the Netherlands, Italy and France. The wheelchair race had six entrants.

Councillor Janet Goodwin, the city council's cabinet member for city centre management, culture and tourism, said: "More than 1,500 runners have already registered their interest for the race on the back of a great 2016.

"We had tremendous support from the Peterborough public last year, resulting in record race entry numbers and a fantastic atmosphere all around the course.

"Whether you’ve run the race before, or this will be your first ever half marathon, we hope to see you on the start line of the Perkins Great Eastern Run this October."

The Perkins Great Eastern Run is famed for its fast, flat course that gives runners an excellent chance of a personal best.

Perkins has been the principal race sponsor since 2006 and the company’s continued support has seen the event build to the size it is today.

David Nicoll, Marketing Director at Perkins said: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run gets bigger and better every year and 2017 is on track to be another record year. As a company, we're very proud to sponsor this event. Since its return in 2006, the Perkins Great Eastern Run has become the largest road race in the East and year on year it brings the community together, both in terms of runners and those who turn out, regardless of the weather, to cheer the participants on."

For the sixth year in a row Smiths Motor Group in Bretton are generously providing all the transport associated with the race. This includes the on-the-day race support cars that keep runners abreast of timings and all transport for set-up arrangements including delivering water to the course drink stations.

Phil Lewin, Brand Manager at Smiths Motor Group, said: "We're delighted to be part of this fantastic event which 15 of our staff volunteer for including keeping the water stations supplied and driving the mini bus if runners have problems. It's a day when the city really comes alive and inspiring to see the thousands of runners at all different levels giving it a go."

Runners also welcome the high-quality goody bags that are given out at the finish line, which include a technical t-shirt, a commemorative medal and other running related treats.

It’s never too early to start training for the big day and from July runners can take advantage of the race’s free weekly training sessions that take place at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track.

The sessions cater for runners of all levels of fitness and experience and it’s an opportunity to meet race-day pacers who lead runners around the course at different times from start to finish.

For more information about training and to enter the race visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

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Peterborough City Council is informing residents and motorists about a number of road closures necessary for this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run.

Both the half marathon and the Anna's Hope fun run will start and finish on The Embankment. The 5km fun run starts at 10am on Sunday October 9 and the half marathon follows at 10.30am.

Entries to both races close at midday on Friday 7 October and organisers already anticipate a record number of entries for the half marathon. There are no entries available on the day.

To ensure the race goes as smoothly as possible the council will be closing several roads on the 13.1 mile route.

The following roads will be closed between 9.30am and 10.45am: Rivergate, Bourges Boulevard (southbound) from the Queensgate roundabout, Priestgate, Cathedral Square, Long Causeway and Broadway.

In general, all other roads along the route will be closed from 9.30am until 2pm. However, as the last runner passes each mile point, that road junction will reopen.

The mile points and approximate reopening times are:

1 mile - 11am - Broadway to Northminster
2 mile - 11.15am - Park Road to Park Crescent
3 mile - 11.30am - Fulbridge Road to Foxdale
4 mile - 11.45am - Paston Ridings to Witham Way
5 mile - 12pm - Corfe Avenue to Rockingham Grove
6 mile - 12.15pm - Lincoln Road to Staverton Road
7 mile - 12.30pm - David's Lane to Hodgson Avenue
8 mile - 12.45pm - Fulbridge Road to Aster Drive
9 mile - 1pm - Donaldson Drive to Pratt Avenue
10 mile - 1.15pm - Fulbridge Road to Tennyson Road
11 mile - 1.30pm - Dogsthorpe Road to Park Road
12 mile - 1.45pm - Eastfield Road to Boongate
13 mile - 2pm - Embankment - finish

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, which organises the race, said: "With the Perkins Great Eastern Run fast approaching it's important residents and businesses take note of these road closures.

"The race is one of the biggest events on our annual calendar and we expect many hundreds of residents and visitors to come out and support the runners along the course.

"However, we always want to minimise the impact on other residents by ensuring they know in advance about the necessary road closures we need to put in place."

Entries to the half marathon and fun run can be made online. Visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk for more information.

Entries can also be made by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1HJ.

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The countdown is on with just over 50 days to go until the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2016.

This year's race is on track to be the biggest ever with thousands of runners already signed up to one of the UK’s fastest half-marathons.

Hundreds more will take part in the Anna’s Hope 5K fun run.

Councillor Janet Goodwin, cabinet member for city centre management, culture and tourism for Peterborough City Council, who organise the race, said: "Entries are filling up fast for the half marathon but there is still time to sign up for the race and the Anna's Hope 5K fun run.

"If you need any advice on preparing for the race then make sure you attend the free training sessions, which are a great way to meet fellow runners and get helpful tips on getting set for the big day.”

The free training sessions have run throughout the summer for anyone wanting to step up to the challenge. The remaining sessions are on Wednesday 24 August, Wednesday 7 September, Wednesday 21 September and Wednesday 5 October. They all start at 7pm and take place at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track on Bishops Road.

Richard Graves, marketing promotions manager for principal sponsors Perkins said: “We're on track for a record number of entrants this year, so I'd encourage anyone who is thinking about signing up for the half marathon or the fun run to do so now."

Currently in training for the half marathon, Richard added: "Half marathon and fun runners need to create and stick to their training plan; keep running regularly, gradually increase the mileage and most importantly, stay hydrated. Whether you're an experienced or a novice runner, the free training sessions really are an excellent way to take advantage of all the advice and support available as you prepare for the race."

The deadline to enter the race is midnight Friday 7 October and no entries will be allowed after this date or on race day. Any entries received on or after Friday 23 September will incur an additional £2 fee.

For more information and to enter the half marathon and fun run visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk.

Entries can also be made by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1HJ.

Earlier this year it was announced that The Jane Tomlinson Appeal will be the race’s half marathon title charity.

The charity joins the other race partners including Anna's Hope, the official charity of the 5K fun run. For those interested in the Anna's Hope Fun Run, Junior Challenge prizes are on offer to schools and other organisations that can encourage the most entrants, and those that raise the largest amount for the charity.

You’ll be able to select the charity you wish to raise money for during the application process.

Race packs are currently being sent out. If your home address has changed since making your initial application, then remember to update your details by emailing pgerentries@perfectmotion.org

Follow the latest Perkins Great Eastern Run developments on Twitter @PerkinsGER and Facebook
https://www.facebook.com/ThePerkinsGreatEasternRun

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Runners are invited to meet the experienced competitors who will be acting as pacers to help entrants achieve their personal best when free training sessions begin on Wednesday 13 July.

The pacers are runners from local clubs who have all comfortably achieved the times they are pacing in half marathons during the last 12 months. Sixteen pacers will be leading eight different half marathon target times when the race takes place on Sunday 9 October.

Target times will range from finishing the race in just under 90 minutes, up to three hours which is the race time limit.

The free training sessions take place fortnightly at Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track on Bishop's Road and will help prepare runners for race day. The evenings are led by experienced runners and coaches from Peterborough's leading local running clubs and are overseen by fully qualified UK Athletics endurance coaches.

Training starts with a warm-up at 7pm and will last between 30 and 90 minutes depending on ability. The sessions are suitable for people of all levels of fitness and experience with runners split into groups that reflect their ability.

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, which organises the race, said: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run is less than 100 days away, so we should all start to step up our training. We've already had hundreds of runners sign up for the first time, so we hope to see a few of you at the training evenings.

"The sessions are free and led by some of the best coaches in the region. Runners always tell us how motivated they feel after taking part in the excellent training we provide.

"The training sessions are held in a no pressure environment and there is no need to book. People attending will get excellent help and advice from experienced runners and coaches who want to ensure they enjoy the Perkins Great Eastern Run."

The free training sessions (Wednesdays at 7pm) will run on:

  • 13 July
  • 27 July
  • 10 August
  • 24 August
  • 7 September
  • 21 September
  • 5 October

Visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk for more information about pacers, target times and the free training sessions. Entries to the half marathon and fun run can be made online.

Entries can also be made by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough.

Follow the latest Perkins Great Eastern Run developments on Twitter @PerkinsGER and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ThePerkinsGreatEasternRun

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 The Perkins Great Eastern Run has announced a new charity partnership with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal will be the race's half marathon title charity and is of particular note as the founder had strong links to Peterborough.

Before her death in 2007, Jane Tomlinson CBE raised £1.85 million for children’s and cancer charities through a series of physical challenges.

Although Jane spent most of her life in Yorkshire, she lived in Peterborough when her husband Mike worked in the city. Their daughter Rebecca, one of three children, was born at Peterborough District Hospital.

Rebecca, who will be running the half marathon on Sunday 9 October 2016, said: “We’re so excited that the Perkins Great Eastern Run has chosen to support the Jane Tomlinson Appeal in 2016.

“My parents moved to Peterborough not long after they got married and I was born there, so the city will always be really special to me. To know that the city is helping to carry on mum’s legacy now is really touching for me.

“I’m really looking forward to being there and running the event for myself. I’ve read about what a fast course it is so I’m hoping for a PB. It would be great if people can join me by getting behind the Appeal at this year.

“Every penny raised for the Appeal at the Perkins Great Eastern Run will be donated to charities and good causes in the local area.”

Launched back in 2002, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal has now raised over £7.6million for charity supporting a range of organisations both local and nationally.

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, which organises the race, said: "The partnership with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal is great news for the Perkins Great Eastern Run.

"Jane was an inspirational woman who dedicated her life to supporting charities and good causes, despite suffering from terminal cancer.

"If you are running this year's half marathon and are looking for a charity to raise money for then consider the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. All proceeds raised by runners in the charity's name will be shared between local causes.

" The charity joins the other race partners including Anna's Hope, the official charity of the 5km fun run.

For those interested in the Anna's Hope Fun Run, Junior Challenge prizes are on offer to schools and other organisations that can encourage the most entrants, and those that raise the largest amount for the charity.

To enter this year’s race visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

A series of free morning and lunchtime runs leave the Embankment Athletics Track, in Bishop’s Road, Peterborough, every Wednesday until July 6 2016.

Morning runs are from 7.30am to 8.30am and the lunchtime sessions from 12noon to 1pm.

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal was set up by a very determined Yorkshire woman to help children's and cancer charities across Yorkshire, the UK and the globe.

Before her death in 2007, Jane Tomlinson CBE raised £1.85 million for children’s and cancer charities through a series of physical challenges including her Ride Across America.

Jane knew her life was limited but wanted to create a vehicle which would allow others across communities the opportunity to raise money for good causes close to their own hearts and to share in the excitement and fulfilment that she had experienced through her own fundraising events.

Launched back in 2002, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal recently announced they had raised over £7.6million for charity and over the years the Appeal has supported a range of charities both local and nationally, helping to fund refurbishment projects and purchase vital medical equipment.

To find out more about the Appeal’s grant procedure and the organisations it has supported visit www.janetomlinsonappeal.com

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Pupils from Copthill School in Uffington who took part in the Anna's Hope 5K Fun Run in the 2015 Perkins Great Eastern Run will be presented with the Junior Challenge Trophy and a brand new sports kit courtesy of ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies on Wednesday 27 April 2016.

Pupils won the Junior Challenge for raising the most money for Anna's Hope out of all the schools who entered the challenge - £400 in total.

Pupils from Castor School, Peterborough, who were runners-up, will be presented with a laptop donated by Buckles Solicitors Peterborough.

In addition, book vouchers worth £50 and individual trophies will be given to the girl and boy who raised the most money for Anna's Hope out of all the schools that took part in the race. They are Copthill students Lilly Underwood who raised £170 and William Grooby who raised £50.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY
When ‐ Wednesday 27 April, 8.45am to 9.30am
Where ‐ Copthill School, Uffington
What ‐ Presentation of trophies, team kit and laptop to school children

 Annette Joyce, Service Director City Services and Communications, said: "The support we receive each year for the race from schools is fantastic. It's a great event for the children and young people to be a part of and it raises money for an extremely worthwhile cause, Anna's Hope.

"Entries are open for this year's Junior Challenge, now renamed the Schools Challenge, so if you think your school has what it takes to win, speak to your teacher about signing up."

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Perkins Engines Company Limited, principal sponsor of the Perkins Great Eastern Run, has pledged its support to the Eastern region’s premier road race for another three years.

The Perkins Great Eastern Run, which now attracts more than 5,000 half marathon entrants and over 1,000 fun runners, was resurrected in 2006 by Perkins and race organisers Peterborough City Council.
Over the last decade Perkins has continued to support the event which has become a highlight in the city’s sporting calendar.

Councillor Lucia Serluca, cabinet member for city centre management, culture and tourism at Peterborough City Council said: “The Perkins Great Eastern Run is an important event for Peterborough. Not only is it a great opportunity to bring people together from all over the city and its villages, but it also showcases our city to people who travel even further to take part.

“We have a lot to be proud of in Peterborough and the success of this event really demonstrates that. Growing every year, it is a real highlight on the calendar for runners and spectators alike.”

To coincide with the official launch of the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2016, Perkins and Peterborough City Council have agreed a three year extension to the existing sponsorship agreement, securing the race’s future through to October 2018.

“We're proud to be associated with such a prestigious community event which brings together thousands of runners from across the city and region for both the half marathon and the Anna’s Hope Fun Run,” said Richard Graves, marketing promotions manager at Perkins.

“Our decision to continue our commitment to the event for a further three years is a positive reflection on the race, as well as the organisers, running clubs and supporters, all of whom give their time to ensure the Perkins Great Eastern Run is a success, year after year.”

Perkins and Peterborough City Council also revealed a new race logo, designed to appeal to a wider audience and mark an exciting new phase for the city based event.

Councillor John Holdich, leader of the city council said: “Enormous thanks go to Perkins for their continued, loyal support every year as our main sponsor. Their contribution is what makes this excellent event possible.”

Indeed, Perkins and Peterborough City Council are hoping that the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2016 will be the biggest event yet with more runners signing up to take part than ever before.

To register for the half marathon and the Anna’s Hope fun run visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

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Online entry for the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2016 is now open - and that's great news for the record breaking 1,500 people that have already pre-registered for the event.

Last year's event was the city’s most successful half marathon since the race made its return to Peterborough's streets 10 years ago.

That success has led thousands to pre-register for the event, which falls on Sunday 9 October. At this stage last year, just 250 had registered.

The closing date is 7 October 2016, or when the race limits are reached, whichever comes first.

In 2015 almost 7,000 runners participated across the half marathon, Anna’s Hope 5K Fun Run and wheelchair race.

The half marathon winner, Kenyan Philip Koech, ran the event's fastest-ever time of 61 minutes and 40 seconds. This was also the second fastest time clocked in the UK during 2015.

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, which organises the race, said: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run 2016 event looks set to be our biggest event yet.

"The race has a great reputation among half marathons in the UK, especially because its fast, flat course gives runners a really good chance of a personal best. The fact that the whole course is residential means there are spectators at every stage lending their encouragement - and that really makes a difference too.

"When you finish, not only do you get the satisfaction of completing a half marathon, you get a high quality goody bag too, which includes a technical t-shirt and other running related items.

"The funfair and stalls on the Embankment make the event a real family day out. We're looking forward to it already!"

Race pacers will be back for the third year running to help runners to achieve their best possible time on race day. Seven pacers will lead different target times, ranging from one and a half hours finish time to two hours and forty five minutes.

Free fortnightly training sessions will take place at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track from July, with pacers taking part.

For those interested in the Anna's Hope Fun Run, Junior Challenge prizes are on offer to schools and other organisations that can encourage the most entrants, and those that raise the largest amount for the charity.

To enter this year’s race visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk.

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