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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.


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

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


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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

The sessions are part of the Healthy Peterborough campaign. Find out more at

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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 ​


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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

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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 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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