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Peterborough, October 13th 2019 - 10:30am

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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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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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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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Yes I am still here... just that life has had me rushing about all over the place.

With only two weeks to go to race day I think I may just about be ready, despite a number of interestng incidents.

Frequently on my runs I seem to run into unsual things and people. So I suppose I wasn't too surprised when a few weeks ago on my long run I took part in an incident involving three fire engines looking for a horse in the water when out on my riverside route.

They missed the poor animal on their first trip along the embankment and so did I, but on my return trip I spotted a rower who was unsually stationary on the water. Turned out he was marking the spot where the horse was scrunched up to the bank behind some tall reeds and bushes. No wonder we missed it. I stayed until the fire engines returned along with the rower which broke my 10 miles up a bit that day. There's currently only one horse in the spot now, so I don't know if it survived or has been moved to recouperate. Anyone who has news on it, I'd love to hear from them.

Since then I managed to pick up a really nasty cold which kept me away from my schedule for two weeks!! I've had to build up again and managed my final long run of 14 miles yesterday at a sedate pace, but still with a cough. I hope the cough will clear completely before race day. Fingers crossed!

I hope you are all doing well with your training and have completed your last long run too. I'll be tapering and doing some speedwork, intervals and possibly some hills next weekend.

To mark what seems to be my uncanny knack for running and never know what's going to happen next, I have a special race number - 999.

Look our for me on race day....

Jenny with her Perkins Great Eastern Run 2013 race number

Me with my race number

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Life has been a little hectic trying to fit in my training around getting ahead with my work to take holiday.

But I've managed to stick to schedule more or less, all but a couple of days where work ended up taking priority. None of the long runs have been skipped.

Last week with cooler weather I went out for a 10K run midweek, planning to include a couple of hills and a tempo run. The new shoes have been great and the problems I had with calf muscles seemed to have been solved now, the old shoes were obviously not giving me the support I needed. But I did end up stopping a couple of time to sort the lacing out on this run. Funny how all sorts of things need a bit of tinkering to get right when you make changes.

As I keep saying I'm not speedy. But I was surprised to find when I looked at my finish time that had I not stopped for the race adjustment, that 10K even with hills would have been a PB. So I think the speedwork I've been including this year is starting to pay off. It was hard to tell when the weather was warm, I can lose 1-2 minutes per mile the more the temperature goes up over 20C!!

Sunday I think I must have got out of bed the wrong side. I was in a bad mood and was up late for a long run. The sun was trying to break through as I set out which didn't help as I was thinking I would struggle to complete the scheduled 11 miles if it got warm.

Annoyed with myself for the late start the mood made me go out a bit fast for a long training run, plus the threatened sunshine only made brief appearances and a nice cooling breeze was blowing. So when I hit the unshaded part of my route and it was cloudy I kept going to 7 miles out. There's a long and a short route, I'd taken the long route out and came back via the short route to complete 13.1 miles (race distance) at around my past race pace and finished just inside 2:30.

I do not advise anyone to suddenly increased their long run by a big jump. I suppose it was over the recommended 10% per week, but not as bad as adding 2 miles early on at lower mileage. I could tell I'd run further and faster, as around 11 miles my glutes started to seize up stopping me from running continuously. Lots of walk breaks with knee raises to try to keep them moving allowed me to finish the distance.

My plan is to repeat the 13 miles this weekend at a pace that's more like long run pace in an effort to train those muscles to work for longer.

I'm ahead of schedule, and probably tempting fate even mentioning it. I've 7 weeks(ish) to race day to maintain and improve fitness and maybe add in some hills and speedwork.

In past races I've nearly always struggled at 10-11 miles, so in an effort to train my body to go further, this year I plan to train out to 15 miles for a long run to see if this helps.

Hoping you're all on target with your training and don't forget if you have niggles or injury problems and you live locally, you can get advice from Advance Performance stores, their experienced team are always happy to help and advise. They've been a great help to me over the years.

Jenny at the start of PGER 2012

Me pictured at the start of PGER 2012, armed with energy gels and looking 'attractive' in pink!

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