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The Perkins Great Eastern Run in association with long-standing sponsors Advance Performance and Mizuno will be giving away a pair of Mizuno running shoes every month.

Every entry into the Half Marathon will go into a draw at the end of every month to win the running shoes.

Winners will be announced on our website and on social media via Facebook and Twitter.

Every entrant, no matter when they've signed up for the race, will go into the monthly draw to improve their chances of winning. This means the sooner you enter the more chances you have of winning a pair of running shoes!

Winners local to Peterborough or Cambridge can take advantage of free bespoke fitting and gait analysis from Advance Performance, to find the correct Mizuno running shoes for you; thus reducing the risk of injury, blisters and discomfort. Visit

For more information, email Sam Hale at Advance Performance or telephone (01733) 891111.

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Entries for this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run closed at midnight. Entries to the half marathon have increased by 20% compared to last year and the fun run by 80%. Thank you to everyone who's entered both races and the very best of luck on the day!

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A late surge of entries meant we had to order more race numbers! They arrived on Friday, therefore the remaining race packs will be posted first class by Tuesday evening. If your race pack hasn't arrived by Thursday, please email the race office who will arrange collection (if you're local) from the Visitor Information Centre on Bridge Street, Peterborough or from the Information marque on race day.

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Entries for the 2013 Perkins Great Eastern Run close today (Monday 7 October) at midnight. Online entries received after this time will not be accepted.

Postal entries received after this time will only be accepted if the post date is before 7 October.

Online entries for the 2014 Perkins Great Eastern Run will be open from this year's race day.

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Hundreds of you have signed up for the Anna’s Hope Fun Run and Junior Challenge to raise money for this worthy cause. Watch the video

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More than 300 volunteers will be donating their time at the 2013 Perkins Great Eastern Run in October and people are still required to come forward to help.

The Perkins Great Eastern Run needs volunteers to work as marshals or man water stations on the route during the half marathon and fun run on Sunday 13th October 2013.

Several organisations have already come forward after volunteering in previous years; these include Werrington Parish Church, Sainsbury's and Stamford College. Local running clubs will also be helping out throughout the day.

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The process of posting race packs to entrants will start from mid-August. It is important to inform us here of an address change (or planned change of address) since registering for the Perkins Great Eastern Run. Packs will be posted based on the order that entries were made in, following this year's race launch in February. See race packs for more information.


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Organisers of the 2013 Perkins Great Eastern Run are once again offering free marathon training sessions for people to help them prepare for race day, which is now just 100 days away. Peterborough’s half marathon and fun run takes place at the city’s Embankment on Sunday 13 October 2013 and entries for both races are filling up faster than in its previous eight-year history. More than 2,300 runners have already signed up to the half marathon and the free training sessions, which start next Wednesday (10 July), are expected to be well attended. 

The fortnightly sessions will take place at Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track on Bishops Road, which has just reopened to the public following an extensive refurbishment project. The training 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. Advice on progressing training away from the fortnightly sessions will also be available along with advice on the correct running shoes, injury prevention and nutrition. 

Tim Cook, chairman of the Greater Peterborough Athletics Network said: “We are looking forward to helping more runners than ever at our fortnightly sessions. People new to running the half marathon and who are just starting their training will really reap the benefits. “There is no need to book and the sessions attract everyone, from those who are just starting, to competitors who have been running for years. It is a no pressure environment and people attending will get excellent help and advice from experienced runners and coaches from all the running clubs in Peterborough.” 

Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: “With just 100 days to go until the start of the Perkins Great Eastern Run, now is the time to ramp up your training. We have had hundreds of runners enter the race for the first time and the majority plan to attend the free training evenings. “I cannot recommend attending the training sessions enough. They are led by the best local coaches and previous feedback from participants has always highlighted how motivated and focused the sessions have made them feel.” 

The free training dates (Wednesday’s at 7pm) are:

  • 10 July 
  • 24 July 
  • 7 August 
  • 21 August 
  • 4 September 
  • 18 September 
  • 2 October 

More information about training can be found here Entry to the half marathon or fun run can be made online at or by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HJ. 

You can also follow the latest developments on Twitter @PerkinsGER and Facebook 

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Students at The Voyager Academy in Peterborough will be presented with a sports kit worth £500 after raising the most money for local charity Anna's Hope in the 2012 Perkins Great Eastern Run Junior Challenge.

The Voyager Academy raised £1,223 and will be given a sports kit courtesy of ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies who continue to support the incentive for schools and young people's groups, such as brownies and cubs to enter the Junior Challenge in the 5k Fun Run. Beton Imprime

Young runners can raise money for the charity of their choice, but can win additional prizes courtesy of ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies and Sainsbury's when raising money for Anna's Hope.

The 2013 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 Olivier Hughes, who tragically died from a brain tumour aged three years and eight months in 2006. Anna’s Hope was set up by Anna’s parents Rob and Carole Hughes.

Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: “The Voyager School fully embraced the health and social benefits of entering students into the Fun Run and we look forward to welcoming even more entries from the Voyager and other schools this year. Students have benefitted from a free sports kit worth £500 by choosing to support Anna’s Hope and raising the most money.”

Carole Hughes said: “We have supported the Junior Challenge for a number of years and are delighted to be involved for 2013. I have seen the event grow over time and it is great to see schools and clubs having fun and running to raise funds for Anna’s Hope or their own charities.

A number of schools always take part and today is the start of a tour of our local schools where we will be encouraging even more students to enter the Fun Run and Junior Challenge. This year, in addition to the team kit prize, we will be presenting the Anna’s Hope Junior Challenge Cup to the school or youth group that raises the most money for Anna’s Hope.”

There are also prizes up for grabs courtesy of Sainsbury’s for the school or club that enters the most runners and gifts for the girl and boy who raise the most money.

Michael Vincent, Managing Director of ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies, said: “Junior Challenge is a great way to get our kids active and raise money for their chosen charities. I am a supporter of the Perkins Great Eastern Run and Anna’s Hope and I am delighted to be presenting the Voyager with their prize.”

The Fun Run entry fee for runners who are 16 years-old and under is £5. To enter online, visit 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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More than 1,100 people have entered the 2013 Perkins Great Eastern Run following Peterborough half marathon's official launch event seven weeks ago.

Entry numbers are approximately double in comparison to the same time in 2012 and almost half of this year's entries so far are new to the race.

The Perkins Great Eastern Run has grown in reputation since it was reintroduced to the racing calendar in 2006 after a ten-year absence. The flat and fast route has proved to be a popular reason why runners return to the event. The route takes competitors through the city centre and alongside the cathedral, which is unusual for a half marathon.

Entries so far have come in from all over the UK and abroad including Australia and Sweden and elite athlete entries from African countries are expected in the coming months.

Luka Rotich of Kenya was first across the finish line in 2012 and his time of 62:25 was just outside the Perkins Great Eastern Run best of 62:16 set in 2010, which was the second fastest half marathon ever in Peterborough.

Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: “To have just over 1,100 entries for this year’s race so soon after our launch is fantastic news. It has been the best ever start to the Perkins Great Eastern Run and our target is to surpass last year’s 4,400 entries to the half marathon.

"The majority of runners who have so far entered are new to the race and this demonstrates the strong reputation our event has. The course is unique in comparison to most UK half marathons, as it takes runners through our city centre and has excellent support along the route by our residents.

"Last year we made significant changes to the route, which helped runners to improve on their personal best times. We also started and finished the race on the city’s Embankment where friends and family of runners were kept occupied with children’s entertainment, a continental market, charity stalls, trade stands and refreshments."Beton Imprime

The 2013 Perkins Great Eastern Run will take place on Sunday 13 October at 10:30am. The 5k fun run starts at 10am and is followed by the wheelchair race, which commences just before the half marathon.

Entry fees for the half marathon are £21 for members of UKA affiliated athletic clubs and £23 for unaffiliated entrants. The fun run is £8 for entrants who are 16 years-old and over and £5 for 16 years and under.

Enter at You can talk about the race by searching Perkins Great Eastern Run on Facebook and on Twitter: PerkinsGER

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Almost 200 runners have entered the Perkins Great Eastern Run within hours of the event's 2013 launch at the city's Marriott Hotel (Tuesday 26 February).

The momentum of a successful launch event continued throughout the day as runners clicked on to and entered themselves into Peterborough's Perkins Great Eastern Run, which takes place on Sunday 13 October 2013.

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Perkins Great Eastern Run launches at the Peterborough Marriott Hotel at Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, on Tuesday 26 February 2013, at 11am.

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Runners are being encouraged to attend an event to mark the launch of this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run at the Peterborough Marriott Hotel at Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, on Tuesday 26 February 2013, at 11am.

The launch event is being hosted by the Marriott hotel on behalf of the race's principal sponsors Perkins. Runners will be able to enter the Perkins Great Eastern Run half marathon, fun run or wheelchair race and local running club representatives will also be attending the event to offer running and training advice.

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