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The 2019 half marathon was cancelled due to a man acting suspiciously on one part of the route. Please email perkinsgreateasternrun@peterborough.gov.uk for refund details. You can view Anna's Hope Fun Run results and photos on this page.

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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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