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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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Runners are already lining up to be part of Peterborough's premier road race - the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2016.

The 2015 event was the city’s most successful half marathon since the race made its return to Peterborough's streets 10 years ago.

Even though the official launch of this year's race isn't until February, it hasn't stopped a record number of people from pre-registering for the event which falls on Sunday 9 October.

It was a record breaking event in 2015 with almost 7,000 runners participating across the half marathon, Anna’s Hope 5K Fun Run and wheelchair race.

The half marathon winner, Kenyan Philip Koech, ran its fastest time yet 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: "We had such a great response to last year's race and, with hundreds of people already pre-registering for the 2016 event, signs already look very encouraging for October.

"January is a time for making resolutions, so, in this Olympic year, and with 10 months to go until this year's race, why not set yourself the challenge to be part of one of the biggest and best half marathons in the region."

The Perkins Great Eastern Run has a great reputation among half marathons in the UK, as its fast, flat course gives runners an excellent chance of a personal best.

Close to the event, novice runners can get all the running support and training advice they need for the race.
Free weekly training sessions take place at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track from July and on race day pacers will lead runners around the course at different times from start to finish.

To register you interest for this year’s race please go to 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 11 and the half marathon follows at 10.30am.

Entries to both races close at midnight on Monday October 5 and organisers already anticipate a record number of entries for the half marathon with the potential for more than 5,000 runners at the starting line. 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 - Davids 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 just under a fortnight to go before the Perkins Great Eastern Run it is 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 residents to line the streets of Peterborough to cheer on the thousands of runners.

"However, we also want to minimise the impact on other residents and visitors who don't want to be involved by ensuring they know in advance about the necessary road closures we need to put in place.

"The success of the race is in small part thanks to the patience and understanding of local residents and businesses that live and trade on part of the route."

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, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1HJ.

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Sign up to the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2015 by the end of this week to take advantage of the reduced entry fee.

The late entry charge of an additional £2 per person for both the half marathon and Anna's Hope 5km fun run comes into force after Friday 25 September.

This year's Perkins Great Eastern Run is on Sunday 11 October and thousands of runners have already signed up to one of the UK’s fastest half marathons.

Entrants for both the half marathon and fun run aren't just from the Peterborough region, with more and more runners from all over the UK and overseas taking part since the race returned to the city in 2006.

One of those lining up in the fun run will be Peterborough City Council Leader Councillor John Holdich.

Councillor Holdich said: "I think it's fair to say my better running days are behind me but I really wanted to play a part in this year's event in my first year as city council leader.

"The 5km course can be run, jogged or walked, so there is no pressure to go out of your comfort zone when taking part.

"My wife will be joining me on the day and we have tested our ability to get around the course by walking a similar distance on the beach whilst on our holiday.

"If you want to support the race and raise money for charity then please join my wife and I in signing up as soon as you can."

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, who organise the race, said: "The numbers are looking really healthy for both the Anna's Hope 5km Fun Run and the half marathon, and there is still time to enter for both but do take advantage of the reduced entry fee.

"The charity side to the Perkin's Great Eastern Run is always extremely well supported with runners raising money for a variety of different causes.

"The Anna's Hope 5km Fun Run is the perfect opportunity to get active, socialise with the many runners and have a great time while raising money for your chosen charity."

Free training sessions have run throughout the summer for anyone wanting to step up to the challenge. The final two take place on Wednesday 23 September and Wednesday 7 October.

The sessions start at 7pm and take place at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track on Bishops Road.

The absolute deadline to enter the race is midnight Monday 5 October and no entries will be allowed after this date or on race day.

Entries can be made online at www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk, by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre in Bridge Street.

If your home address has changed since making your initial application, then remember to update your details by emailing perkinsgreateasternrun@peterborough.gov.uk before race packs are sent out at the end of September.

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ATT00001The countdown is on with just over 50 days to go to the start of the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2015.

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.

In 2006, the Perkins Great Eastern Run returned to the racing calendar after a ten year absence and has been a key date in the city's calendar ever since.

Last year, the event became the highest attended Perkins Great Eastern Run with entries from all over the UK and overseas taking part in either the half marathon or the Anna's Hope 5K fun run.

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at 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 9 September, Wednesday 23 September and Wednesday 7 October at 7pm, taking place at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track on Bishops Road.

Annette Ward, corporate and marketing communications manager for principal sponsors Perkins, added: “It is so pleasing to see support for the half marathon, the wheelchair race and the 5K fun run grow year on year. The roads in and around the city centre really come alive on race day, with runners and racers cheered on at every moment around the course. It really is a true gem in Peterborough’s calendar.”

With the World Athletics Championships taking place in Beijing this month, organisers expect more runners to sign up having been motivated by top UK athletes including Mo Farah.

The quickest ever Perkins Great Eastern Run is the 62.16 set by Edwin Kipyego in 2010 while the ladies record of 72.14 set by Purity Kimetto in 2013 remains to be beaten.

The deadline to enter the race is midnight Monday 5 October and no entries will be allowed after this date or on race day. 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, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1HJ.

If your home address has changed since making your initial application, then remember to update your details by emailing perkinsgreateasternrun@peterborough.gov.uk before race packs are sent out at the end of September.

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 that elusive personal best when free training sessions begin on Wednesday 1 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. Fourteen pacers will be leading seven different half marathon target times when the race takes place on Sunday 11 October.

Target times will range from finishing the race in just under one hour, 30 minutes to getting runners around the route in just under three hours, which is the race time limit.

The free training sessions take place fortnightly at Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track on Bishops Road and help prepare runners for race day. The evenings are led by experienced runners and coaches from Peterborough's leading local running clubs and are over seen 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.

Advice on training programmes will also be available. Advance Performance, one of the event's long standing sponsors, will be attending the session on 15 July to offer advice on running shoes, injury prevention and nutrition.

Annette Joyce, service director city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, who organise the race, said: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run is a little over three months away, so we should all start to step up our training. We've already had hundreds of runners sign up, many 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."

Tim Cook, chairman of the Greater Peterborough Athletics Network said: "All of our pacers will be attending at least one of the free training sessions right up to the week before the race. They love to talk running and are a friendly bunch but most of all they want to help runners achieve the target time they have set themselves."

"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 (Wednesday's at 7pm) will run on:

• 1 July
• 15 July
• 29 July
• 12 August
• 26 August
• 9 September
• 23 September
• 7 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, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HJ.

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

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Last year we trialled pacers for the first time and they were met with a very welcome response. So many of you took advantage and finished the race with personal best times, so the pacers are here to stay! 

Our pacers will be offering the below finish target times on the day:

- 1:30 (6.52 min/mile)

- 1:40 (7.38 min/mile)

- 1.50 (8.23 min/mile)

- 2.00 (9.09 min/mile)

- 2.10 (9.55 min/mile)

- 2.20 (10.41 min/mile)

- Get you round – target pace 2.45 (12.35 min/mile)

If case you've not taken part in a race before where pacers have been provided we've produced the following responses to frequently asked questions, which we hope will cover any enquiries you might have. For any further questions you may have please email perkinsgreateasternrun@peterborough.gov.uk

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Race organisers Peterborough City Council has approximately 2,500 parking spaces in thecity centre and all are just a short distance from The Embankment. All council car parks have24 hour CCTV surveillance.

The city council, in association with RingGo cashless parking, has introduced a special offerfor runners to park all day in council car parks for just £2 when you use RingGo cashlessparking (50% saving on the machine price).

By registering with RingGo today you will save time (avoiding queues at the ticket machines)and money on race day.

Visit www.myRingGo.co.uk/park or use the RingGo smartphone apps.

Quote location code 4564 for the discounted price. Please ensure you enter the vehicleregistration that you will be using on the day.

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Hundreds of you have been sharing your running experiences and photographs on our Facebook and Twitter platforms. We’ve been able to advise lots of you on buying the right running shoes and overcoming niggling injuries. 

We’ve also put some of you in touch with local running clubs and introduced you to our free training sessions. Don’t forget you can also talk to us on Twitter @PerkinsGER and share with us your running experiences, memories and photographs from last year’s event.

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Free women-only and mixed running training sessions are available for those tempted to take on the 2015 Perkins Great Eastern Run.

Peterborough City Council is making two different sessions available to encourage more people to take part in the half marathon and fun run and beat 2014's record entry of almost 7,000 runners.

Women-only sessions, with a female coach, will be held 10am until 11am on Wednesdays, starting 13 May 2015. Mixed training sessions will be held 7pm until 8pm on Thursdays, starting 14 May 2015. Each session will depart from and return to the Beehive Centre, Saint Martin's Street, Peterborough.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY
What: A photo with Councillor Marco Cereste and local runners
When: Wednesday 18 March at 10.30am
Where: Beehive Centre, Saint Martin's Street, Peterborough

In 2014, 5,000 runners completed the Perkins Great Eastern Run. The city council wants to make sure everyone has an opportunity to train and enter the event. With so many new and growing communities in Peterborough, with people from different cultures and backgrounds, it is hoped these running training sessions will encourage keen runners and those interested in giving the event a go for the first time.

Annette Joyce, service director city services and communications, said: "We are rightly proud of the Perkins Great Eastern Run, it is widely regarded as one of the fastest half marathons in the country and thousands take part each year. The day each race finishes the preparations for next year's event starts. We are constantly improving the event and encouraging more participants from different backgrounds is a priority this year.

"We are organising these training sessions to encourage anyone from experienced runners to complete novices to give the race a go. It is always thrilling to see so many people run right through the city centre, but this year we want even more people to take part. If it has been a while since you brushed off those running shoes, get them out and give the run a go."

Adrian Talbot, Perkins' marketing centre of excellence manager, said: "Perkins is immensely proud to be associated with the Perkins Great Eastern Run, a sporting event that every year brings the Peterborough community together. Over the years many people have used the fun run to improve their fitness and raise funds for a charitable cause, and we’re aware of families who have come together to train for and complete the half marathon course.

"The run is a truly great event for the city and its residents and I’d encourage people to sign up for the free training sessions and get actively involved in this year's event."

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For the second successive year children from Castor Primary School in Peterborough raised the most money for Anna's Hope in the Perkins Great Eastern Run Junior Challenge.
Pupils who took part in the 5k Anna's Hope Fun Run raised more than £1,800 and will be rewarded with a brand new sports kit to wear courtesy of long standing Junior Challenge sponsors ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies.

The school will also be presented with a 32" television by the Co-op after picking up the accolade for most runners in last year's race with 133 who took part.
In addition, book voucher prizes worth £25 will be given to the one boy and girl who raised the most money for Anna's Hope out of all the schools that took part in the race.
Castor Primary's Tyler Carter collected £144 and came top for the boys and Poppy Newman from Copthill School in Uffington raised more than £1,500 for the second year in a row.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY

When - Thursday 26 February, 2015, at 9am
Where - Castor Primary School
What - Presentation of team kit and TV to school children

Anna's Hope founder Carole Hughes said: "We are grateful to all the runners who raised funds for our charity in last year's Perkins Great Eastern Run and in particular the continuous commitment shown by Castor school. We are eternally thankful to ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies for donating another £500 sports kit, as they have done each year.
"We are also thankful to the Co-op who gifted a TV to Castor school for entering the most runners. The school has been fantastic in its support for our charity and the Anna's Hope Fun Run and we look forward to seeing everyone again at this year's event."

Adrian Talbot, marketing centre of excellence manager at Perkins, said: "For the second year Castor school has demonstrated what can be achieved by embracing a worthy local cause like Anna's Hope. The children were able to raise money and have fun while keeping fit at the same time. We and organisers Peterborough City Council are proud of what the school has achieved in the Junior Challenge."

Michael Vincent, managing director of ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies, said: "My wife Mary and I will continue to support the Junior Challenge and Anna's Hope. We are particularly proud to be associated with the overwhelming achievements of this very special and unique charity. Castor school has once again thrown down the gauntlet to other schools to see if they can better their excellent fun-run fundraising achievements."

Anna's Hope is dedicated to giving hope to children and young people who have a brain tumour. It was inspired by Anna Olivia Hughes, who tragically died from a brain tumour aged three years and eight months in 2006. Anna's Hope was founded by Anna's parents Rob and Carole Hughes.

The 2015 Perkins Great Eastern Run will set off from The Embankment on Sunday 11 October at 10.30am, with the Anna's Hope Fun Run starting at 10am.
The fun run entry fee for runners who are 16 years-old and under is £5. To enter online, visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk/enter Alternatively, entries can be made by post or in person at Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1HJ.

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Peterborough City Council is warning residents and motorists about a number of road closures necessary for this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run on Sunday 12 October 2014.

The half marathon will again start and end at The Embankment. The Anna's Hope Fun Run starts at 10am, which is followed by the half marathon at 10.30am.

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
  • The race will leave the Embankment, turn right on to Rivergate, left onto the southbound lane of Bourges Boulevard and right onto Priestgate
  • Competitors will then head to Bridge Street, emerging opposite the town hall, before making their way through Cathedral Square and up onto Long Causeway and Broadway.

The following roads will be closed from 9.30am until 1.30pm as the race will pass through each twice, as runners head both into and out of the city:

  • Park Road between All Saints Road and Dogsthorpe Road
  • Dogsthorpe Road between Garton Avenue and Lawn Avenue
  • Lawn Avenue between Dogsthorpe Road and St Paul's Road
  • St Paul's Road between Lawn Avenue and Fulbridge Road
  • Fulbridge Road between St Paul's Road and Francis Garden.

The route will also result in the following road closures:

  • Park Crescent between 09.30am and 11am
  • Broadway from its junction with Princes Gate and Park Crescent between 9.30am and 11am
  • Princes Gate and Princess Gardens between 9.30am and 1.30pm
  • Eastfield Road from its junction with Princes Gardens to the Boongate roundabout between 9.30am and 1.30pm
  • St John's Street and Vineyard Road between 9.30am and 1.30pm.

All roads will reopen as the final runner passes each of the mile markers.

Entries are still available for this year's event, but the closing date is Monday 6 October 2014. There are no entries available on the day.

Annette Joyce, Assistant Director of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: "With less than a fortnight to go before the Perkins Great Eastern Run it is important residents and businesses take note of these road closures. The half marathon and fun run is one of the biggest events on our annual calendar, which thousands of people take part in and come out to support. However, we also want to minimise the impact on other residents and visitors who don't want to be involved by ensuring they know in advance about the necessary road closures we need to put in place.

"I am sure the run will be another great success and this is in no small part thanks to the patience and understanding of local residents and businesses that live and trade on part of the route. Residents are welcome to come down to the embankment, or watch runners from their homes and cheer them on. We want residents to post photos to our Facebook page, our half marathon is one of the fastest in the country so should make for a great event."

 

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Inspirational runner Steve Way has chosen to take part in the Perkins Great Eastern Run as a warm-up race ahead of the IAU 100km World Championships in Qatar this November.

Steve finished 10th in July's Commonwealth Games marathon and set a new record for a British runner over 40 years of age when he clocked a time of two hours 15 minutes and 16 seconds.

His impressive feat led to selection to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the first time at the IAU 100km World Championships. Training for the event is already underway and Steve sees Peterborough's half marathon as the perfect race to help prepare him for his November challenge.

He said: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run is the ideal half marathon for me to enter, as it's a month before I go out to Qatar and more importantly the route is flat and fast! I did some research on what I thought would be the best overall race for me to compete in and the Great Eastern has it all.

"After speaking to the organisers I was impressed with how well put together the event is and how passionate people are about the race. I know Peterborough City Council is very proud of this event and they've done a cracking job to grow its size and reputation.

"As a runner lots of things about a race need to culminate for you to be able to enjoy it and target a personal best time. Not only is the Perkins Great Eastern Run one of the flattest half marathons in the country, it has fantastic spectator support and it's one of few races that doesn't run through acres of fields or industrial estates.

"I love residential routes and I'm especially looking forward to running through the historic city centre, which I'm told is the icing on the cake on what is an excellent day for runners and everyone that comes out to support them."

Way's passion for running was ignited by a desire to stop smoking and make some healthy life changes seven years ago. He was 33 years of age, weighed over 16 stone, smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day and indulged in too much alcohol and fast food.

In 2007 Way finished in the top half of the field at the Bournemouth Bay Half Marathon and by April 2008 he was recording a time of just over two and a half hours in the London marathon, which saw him finish just outside the top 100 from a field of more than 34,000.

Annette Joyce, Assistant Director of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: "We are delighted that Steve has chosen our race to prepare him for the 100k world championships. Steve's decision to sign up for the Perkins Great Eastern Run is a testament to the hard work everyone involved in the race has put into raising its profile in recent years and we look forward to welcoming him.

"The determination and dedication Steve has given to running in the last seven years has been remarkable. He is a genuine inspiration to us all and proof that running is indeed for everyone and nothing is out of reach."

The man from Poole in Dorset will be joining more than 7,000 other runners on 12 October at The Embankment for the start of the Perkins Great Eastern Run. Entries are filling up fast but there is still time to sign up before the 6 October closing date. Enter online at www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

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The first batches of race packs are now being posted to entrants. Packs are posted based on the order that entries were made in since the race opened last October. Please email perkinsgreateasternrun@peterborough.gov.uk if you've changed address, telephone number and email address (or plan to) since registering for the Perkins Great Eastern Run.

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Pacers have been introduced to this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run and runners will be able to meet the experienced competitors that will help them achieve a personal best time when free training sessions begin on Wednesday 9 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. Fourteen pacers will be leading seven different half marathon target times when the race takes place on Sunday 12 October.

Target times will range from finishing the race in just under one hour, 30 minutes to getting runners around the route in just under three hours, which is the race time limit.

The fortnightly free training sessions will take place at Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track on Bishops Road and are designed to help prepare runners for race day. The evenings are led by experienced runners and coaches from Peterborough's leading local running clubs and are over seen 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.

Advice on training programmes will also be available and at the first session one of the event's long standing sponsors - Advance Performance - will be lead the warm up session and offering advice on running shoes, injury prevention and nutrition.

Annette Joyce, Assistant Director of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, who organise the race, said: "The start of the Perkins Great Eastern Run is just over 100 days away and now is the time for runners to step up their training. Hundreds of runners have entered our half marathon for the first time and we are looking forward to welcoming them to the training evenings.
"The sessions are led by some of the best coaches in the region and runners have always fed back to us on how motivated they feel after taking part in the excellent training we provide."

Tim Cook, Chairman of the Greater Peterborough Athletics Network said: "All of our pacers will be attending at least one of the free training sessions right up to the week before the race. They love to talk running and are a friendly bunch but most of all they want to help runners achieve the target time they have set themselves."

"Pacers attending the first free training evening will be leading runners aiming for sub one hour 50 minutes or two hours on race day. It's 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 race."
The free training dates (Wednesday's at 7pm) are:

  •  9 July
  •  23 July
  •  6 August
  •  20 August
  •  3 September
  •  17 September
  •  1 October

For more information about pacers, target times and when they will be attending the free training sessions visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk. Entries to the half marathon and fun run can also be made online.
Alternatively, entries can be made by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HJ.
Follow the latest Perkins Great Eastern Run developments on Twitter @PerkinsGER and Facebook https://www.facebook.com/ThePerkinsGreatEasternRun

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A man who has not missed a day's running in almost 50 years will be leading a series of special announcements at the official launch of the 2014 Perkins Great Eastern Run.

Doctor Ron Hill MBE - who has competed in more than 100 marathons and raced in 100 different countries - will be the principal speaker at the launch event.

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Where: Peterborough Marriott Hotel, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, PE2 6GB.
When: Thursday 3 April 2014 at 11am.
What's happening: Event to mark the official launch of the 2014 Perkins Great Eastern Run, which will include a special guest launch of this year's official half marathon charity.

The Perkins Great Eastern Run launch is being hosted by the Marriott hotel on behalf of the race's principal sponsors Perkins. Runners are being encouraged to attend to find out about new additions to the race, which is already on course to be another record breaker.

In 2013 the half marathon attracted its highest number of runners with almost 5,200 people entering the race and more than 1,700 signed up for the Anna's Hope fun run.

New to 2014 is the introduction of race pacers who will 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.

In addition, organisers Peterborough City Council will announce details of a new opportunity for local bands and solo artists who can apply to perform on the running route and on The Embankment where the race starts and finishes.

The launch event will also include a presentation by Anna's Hope after the local cause was chosen as the official charity of the fun run. Anna's Hope has supported the Perkins Great Eastern Run for several years and this year's Anna's Hope fun run and junior challenge has already started to attract entries.

An announcement revealing the official half marathon charity will be made by a special guest at the launch event.

Local running club representatives will be attending the event to offer training advice and information about free training sessions for runners of all levels and experience.

Principal sponsors Perkins will be joined by other event sponsors at the event including new to 2014 Central England Co-operative. Long standing supporters including Advance Performance, Smiths Motor Group and ChromaSport & Trophies will also be in attendance.

This year's Perkins Great Eastern Run takes place on Sunday 12 October and the route will remained unchanged, starting and finishing on the city's Embankment.

Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council and Race Director, said: "Entries to this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run opened the day after our 2013 race and the number of runners new to the race who have signed up so far is encouraging.

"This shows how the race is gathering pace in reputation and size. The city council is proud of how the event has flourished in recent years and by continuing to work with sponsors and partners we have been able to further enhance the running and spectator experience for 2014."

Adrian Talbot, Marketing Centre of Excellence Manager at Perkins said: "It's fantastic that so many people have already signed up to take part in the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2014. It's set to be a great year!

"We're very proud to be associated with an event which is an integral part of the city's sporting calendar and which, through the fundraising that so many of the runners undertake, is making a real difference to local and national charities, including Anna's Hope – our own charity partner."

For more information about the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2014, to enter and to keep up-to-date with all the latest race news and training tips, visit http://www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk/ or telephone (01733) 207210

 

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Children from Castor Primary School in Peterborough will have a brand new sports kit to wear this spring term as a reward for raising the most money for Anna's Hope in the 2013 Perkins Great Eastern Run Junior Challenge.

A kit worth £500 will be presented to the school courtesy of ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies after 61 children raised £2,126 for local charity Anna's Hope when they took part in the 5k fun run.

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When - Monday 3 February 2014 at 10am
Where - Castor Primary School
What - Presentation of team kit and Sainsbury's prizes to school children

For six years ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies have supported the incentive for schools and young people's groups, such as brownies and cubs to enter the Junior Challenge in the 5k fun run.

Michael Vincent, Managing Director of ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies, said: "My wife Mary and I continue to support the Junior Challenge and Anna's Hope and we have over the years proudly donated more than £3,000 towards this worthy local cause. My wife and I are delighted for Castor Primary School who have embraced the Junior Challenge and with it set a benchmark for other schools to challenge their supremacy at this year's event."

In addition, the school entered the most runners in the Junior Challenge and will be presented with a TV by Sainsbury's for their achievement.

Prizes from Sainsbury's were also up for grabs for the boy and girl who raised the most money for Anna's Hope. Castor Primary School was top again with Leo Bailey who won a Nintendo Wii game for raising £300.

A Wii game for the girl who raised the most money for Anna's Hope went to Poppy Newman of Copthill School in Uffington who raised an impressive £1,235.

Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: "Castor school really got behind the Junior Challenge and we are all very impressed with what they have achieved. By choosing to support Anna's Hope the school has benefitted from a free sports kit, a TV and a prize for an individual fundraiser."

The 2014 Perkins Great Eastern Run supports Anna's Hope as part of the Junior Challenge. The charity is dedicated to giving hope to children and young people who have a brain tumour. It was inspired by Anna Olivia Hughes, who tragically died from a brain tumour aged three years and eight months in 2006. Anna's Hope was founded by Anna's parents Rob and Carole Hughes.

Carole Hughes said: "We are grateful to all the runners who raised funds for our charity in last year's Perkins Great Eastern Run. We are thankful to ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies for donating a sports kit for the children at Castor Primary School, who also won the Anna's Hope Junior Challenge Cup for their fundraising efforts.

"We are also thankful to Sainsbury's who donated Wii games for the boy and girl who raised the most money for Anna's Hope. Every penny raised will go towards supporting children with brain tumours. We look forward to seeing everyone again in this year's run."

The fun run entry fee for runners who are 16 years-old and under is £5. To enter online, visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk/enter Alternatively, entries can be made by post or in person at Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1HJ.

 

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Charities are being invited to support the Perkins Great Eastern Run by submitting proposals to become official charity for the half marathon race, which takes place on Sunday 12 October.

Organisers Peterborough City Council increased race entries by 20 per cent in 2013 and are targeting the event to reach entry capacity this year.

Almost 7,000 runners entered last year's half marathon and fun run, making it the most successful Perkins Great Eastern Run since the race was re-introduced to Peterborough in 2006.

Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run is a premier event with an excellent reputation. It's the fastest growing half marathon in the country and in 2013 the race attracted record participants against a backdrop of several races reporting a decrease in entry numbers or static take-up at best."

"Interest in the event is gathering momentum and this is the ideal time to welcome aboard an official charity for the half marathon main event. This is a fantastic opportunity for a charity to be closely associated with the half marathon and raise funds to enable them to continue their valued work."

Half marathon official charity proposals should be made by email to perkinsgreateasternrun@peterborough.gov.uk by Friday 7 February.

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Our online registration providers (Active Network) will be carrying out some maintenance work on the entry system tomorrow (Thursday). Race entry will be disabled until after 4pm when the system will be live again.

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Organisers of the Perkins Great Eastern Run are encouraging people who are stuck for Christmas gift ideas to buy an entry for someone into the city's annual half marathon.

Signing up a family member or friend into the 2014 race is an ideal Christmas present for people looking to take on a challenge in the New Year.

By declaring entries open for 2014 at this year's event in October, race organisers Peterborough City Council are targeting the half marathon and fun run to reach their entry capacity and early purchasing is recommended.

Entries to the half marathon and fun run increased by 20 per cent and 85 per cent respectively and runners are already signing up to take part in 2014.

Approximately 7,000 runners signed up to the event, making it the most successful Perkins Great Eastern Run since the race was re-introduced to Peterborough in 2006.

Annette Joyce, Race Director and Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: "For someone who is determined to make healthy lifestyle changes in 2014, a Christmas present entry into the Perkins Great Eastern Run gives them a realistic challenge to aim for.

"It also guarantees a place in the race, which is growing in popularity and reputation every year. Both the half marathon and fun run have the potential to reach entry capacity next year and I would encourage anyone thinking of signing up to do so as soon as they can."

The Perkins Great Eastern Run takes place on Sunday 12 October 2014, on The Embankment in Peterborough. The fun run starts at 10am, followed by the wheelchair race at 10.25 and half marathon at 10.30am.

Entries can be made online www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk or at the Visitor Information Centre in Bridge Street, Peterborough.

 

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