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Runners are invited to meet the experienced competitors who will be acting as pacers to help entrants achieve their personal best when free training sessions begin on Wednesday 13 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. Sixteen pacers will be leading eight different half marathon target times when the race takes place on Sunday 9 October.

Target times will range from finishing the race in just under 90 minutes, up to three hours which is the race time limit.

The free training sessions take place fortnightly at Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track on Bishop's Road and will help prepare runners for race day. The 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.

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, which organises the race, said: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run is less than 100 days away, so we should all start to step up our training. We've already had hundreds of runners sign up 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.

"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 (Wednesdays at 7pm) will run on:

  • 13 July
  • 27 July
  • 10 August
  • 24 August
  • 7 September
  • 21 September
  • 5 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, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough.

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

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 The Perkins Great Eastern Run has announced a new charity partnership with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal will be the race's half marathon title charity and is of particular note as the founder had strong links to Peterborough.

Before her death in 2007, Jane Tomlinson CBE raised £1.85 million for children’s and cancer charities through a series of physical challenges.

Although Jane spent most of her life in Yorkshire, she lived in Peterborough when her husband Mike worked in the city. Their daughter Rebecca, one of three children, was born at Peterborough District Hospital.

Rebecca, who will be running the half marathon on Sunday 9 October 2016, said: “We’re so excited that the Perkins Great Eastern Run has chosen to support the Jane Tomlinson Appeal in 2016.

“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 for me.

“I’m really looking forward to being there and running the event for myself. I’ve read about what a fast course it is so I’m hoping for a PB. It would be great if people can join me by getting behind the Appeal at this year.

“Every penny raised for the Appeal at the Perkins Great Eastern Run will be donated to charities and good causes in the local area.”

Launched back in 2002, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal has now raised over £7.6million for charity supporting a range of organisations both local and nationally.

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, which organises the race, said: "The partnership with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal is great news for the Perkins Great Eastern Run.

"Jane was an inspirational woman who dedicated her life to supporting charities and good causes, despite suffering from terminal cancer.

"If you are running this year's half marathon and are looking for a charity to raise money for then consider the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. All proceeds raised by runners in the charity's name will be shared between local causes.

" The charity joins the other race partners including Anna's Hope, the official charity of the 5km fun run.

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

A series of free morning and lunchtime runs leave the Embankment Athletics Track, in Bishop’s Road, Peterborough, every Wednesday until July 6 2016.

Morning runs are from 7.30am to 8.30am and the lunchtime sessions from 12noon to 1pm.

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal was set up by a very determined Yorkshire woman to help children's and cancer charities across Yorkshire, the UK and the globe.

Before her death in 2007, Jane Tomlinson CBE raised £1.85 million for children’s and cancer charities through a series of physical challenges including her Ride Across America.

Jane knew her life was limited but wanted to create a vehicle which would allow others across communities the opportunity to raise money for good causes close to their own hearts and to share in the excitement and fulfilment that she had experienced through her own fundraising events.

Launched back in 2002, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal recently announced they had raised over £7.6million for charity and over the years the Appeal has supported a range of charities both local and nationally, helping to fund refurbishment projects and purchase vital medical equipment.

To find out more about the Appeal’s grant procedure and the organisations it has supported visit www.janetomlinsonappeal.com

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Pupils from Copthill School in Uffington who took part in the Anna's Hope 5K Fun Run in the 2015 Perkins Great Eastern Run will be presented with the Junior Challenge Trophy and a brand new sports kit courtesy of ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies on Wednesday 27 April 2016.

Pupils won the Junior Challenge for raising the most money for Anna's Hope out of all the schools who entered the challenge - £400 in total.

Pupils from Castor School, Peterborough, who were runners-up, will be presented with a laptop donated by Buckles Solicitors Peterborough.

In addition, book vouchers worth £50 and individual trophies will be given to the girl and boy who raised the most money for Anna's Hope out of all the schools that took part in the race. They are Copthill students Lilly Underwood who raised £170 and William Grooby who raised £50.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY
When ‐ Wednesday 27 April, 8.45am to 9.30am
Where ‐ Copthill School, Uffington
What ‐ Presentation of trophies, team kit and laptop to school children

 Annette Joyce, Service Director City Services and Communications, said: "The support we receive each year for the race from schools is fantastic. It's a great event for the children and young people to be a part of and it raises money for an extremely worthwhile cause, Anna's Hope.

"Entries are open for this year's Junior Challenge, now renamed the Schools Challenge, so if you think your school has what it takes to win, speak to your teacher about signing up."

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Perkins Engines Company Limited, principal sponsor of the Perkins Great Eastern Run, has pledged its support to the Eastern region’s premier road race for another three years.

The Perkins Great Eastern Run, which now attracts more than 5,000 half marathon entrants and over 1,000 fun runners, was resurrected in 2006 by Perkins and race organisers Peterborough City Council.
Over the last decade Perkins has continued to support the event which has become a highlight in the city’s sporting calendar.

Councillor Lucia Serluca, cabinet member for city centre management, culture and tourism at Peterborough City Council said: “The Perkins Great Eastern Run is an important event for Peterborough. Not only is it a great opportunity to bring people together from all over the city and its villages, but it also showcases our city to people who travel even further to take part.

“We have a lot to be proud of in Peterborough and the success of this event really demonstrates that. Growing every year, it is a real highlight on the calendar for runners and spectators alike.”

To coincide with the official launch of the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2016, Perkins and Peterborough City Council have agreed a three year extension to the existing sponsorship agreement, securing the race’s future through to October 2018.

“We're proud to be associated with such a prestigious community event which brings together thousands of runners from across the city and region for both the half marathon and the Anna’s Hope Fun Run,” said Richard Graves, marketing promotions manager at Perkins.

“Our decision to continue our commitment to the event for a further three years is a positive reflection on the race, as well as the organisers, running clubs and supporters, all of whom give their time to ensure the Perkins Great Eastern Run is a success, year after year.”

Perkins and Peterborough City Council also revealed a new race logo, designed to appeal to a wider audience and mark an exciting new phase for the city based event.

Councillor John Holdich, leader of the city council said: “Enormous thanks go to Perkins for their continued, loyal support every year as our main sponsor. Their contribution is what makes this excellent event possible.”

Indeed, Perkins and Peterborough City Council are hoping that the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2016 will be the biggest event yet with more runners signing up to take part than ever before.

To register for the half marathon and the Anna’s Hope fun run visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

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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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