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Runners are already lining up to be part of Peterborough's premier road race - the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2016.

The 2015 event was the city’s most successful half marathon since the race made its return to Peterborough's streets 10 years ago.

Even though the official launch of this year's race isn't until February, it hasn't stopped a record number of people from pre-registering for the event which falls on Sunday 9 October.

It was a record breaking event in 2015 with almost 7,000 runners participating across the half marathon, Anna’s Hope 5K Fun Run and wheelchair race.

The half marathon winner, Kenyan Philip Koech, ran its fastest time yet 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: "We had such a great response to last year's race and, with hundreds of people already pre-registering for the 2016 event, signs already look very encouraging for October.

"January is a time for making resolutions, so, in this Olympic year, and with 10 months to go until this year's race, why not set yourself the challenge to be part of one of the biggest and best half marathons in the region."

The Perkins Great Eastern Run has a great reputation among half marathons in the UK, as its fast, flat course gives runners an excellent chance of a personal best.

Close to the event, novice runners can get all the running support and training advice they need for the race.
Free weekly training sessions take place at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track from July and on race day pacers will lead runners around the course at different times from start to finish.

To register you interest for this year’s race please go to www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

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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 11 and the half marathon follows at 10.30am.

Entries to both races close at midnight on Monday October 5 and organisers already anticipate a record number of entries for the half marathon with the potential for more than 5,000 runners at the starting line. 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 - Davids 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 just under a fortnight to go before the Perkins Great Eastern Run it is 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 residents to line the streets of Peterborough to cheer on the thousands of runners.

"However, we also want to minimise the impact on other residents and visitors who don't want to be involved by ensuring they know in advance about the necessary road closures we need to put in place.

"The success of the race is in small part thanks to the patience and understanding of local residents and businesses that live and trade on part of the route."

Entries to the half marathon and fun run can be made online. Visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk for more information.

Entries can also be made by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1HJ.

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Sign up to the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2015 by the end of this week to take advantage of the reduced entry fee.

The late entry charge of an additional £2 per person for both the half marathon and Anna's Hope 5km fun run comes into force after Friday 25 September.

This year's Perkins Great Eastern Run is on Sunday 11 October and thousands of runners have already signed up to one of the UK’s fastest half marathons.

Entrants for both the half marathon and fun run aren't just from the Peterborough region, with more and more runners from all over the UK and overseas taking part since the race returned to the city in 2006.

One of those lining up in the fun run will be Peterborough City Council Leader Councillor John Holdich.

Councillor Holdich said: "I think it's fair to say my better running days are behind me but I really wanted to play a part in this year's event in my first year as city council leader.

"The 5km course can be run, jogged or walked, so there is no pressure to go out of your comfort zone when taking part.

"My wife will be joining me on the day and we have tested our ability to get around the course by walking a similar distance on the beach whilst on our holiday.

"If you want to support the race and raise money for charity then please join my wife and I in signing up as soon as you can."

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, who organise the race, said: "The numbers are looking really healthy for both the Anna's Hope 5km Fun Run and the half marathon, and there is still time to enter for both but do take advantage of the reduced entry fee.

"The charity side to the Perkin's Great Eastern Run is always extremely well supported with runners raising money for a variety of different causes.

"The Anna's Hope 5km Fun Run is the perfect opportunity to get active, socialise with the many runners and have a great time while raising money for your chosen charity."

Free training sessions have run throughout the summer for anyone wanting to step up to the challenge. The final two take place on Wednesday 23 September and Wednesday 7 October.

The sessions start at 7pm and take place at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track on Bishops Road.

The absolute deadline to enter the race is midnight Monday 5 October and no entries will be allowed after this date or on race day.

Entries can be made online at www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk, by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre in Bridge Street.

If your home address has changed since making your initial application, then remember to update your details by emailing perkinsgreateasternrun@peterborough.gov.uk before race packs are sent out at the end of September.

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ATT00001The countdown is on with just over 50 days to go to the start of the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2015.

This year's race is on track to be the biggest ever with thousands of runners already signed up to one of the UK’s fastest half-marathons.

In 2006, the Perkins Great Eastern Run returned to the racing calendar after a ten year absence and has been a key date in the city's calendar ever since.

Last year, the event became the highest attended Perkins Great Eastern Run with entries from all over the UK and overseas taking part in either the half marathon or the Anna's Hope 5K fun run.

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, who organise the race, said: "Entries are filling up fast for the half marathon but there is still time to sign up for the race and the Anna's Hope 5K fun run.

"If you need any advice on preparing for the race then make sure you attend the free training sessions, which are a great way to meet fellow runners and get helpful tips on getting set for the big day.”

The free training sessions have run throughout the summer for anyone wanting to step up to the challenge. The remaining sessions are on Wednesday 9 September, Wednesday 23 September and Wednesday 7 October at 7pm, taking place at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track on Bishops Road.

Annette Ward, corporate and marketing communications manager for principal sponsors Perkins, added: “It is so pleasing to see support for the half marathon, the wheelchair race and the 5K fun run grow year on year. The roads in and around the city centre really come alive on race day, with runners and racers cheered on at every moment around the course. It really is a true gem in Peterborough’s calendar.”

With the World Athletics Championships taking place in Beijing this month, organisers expect more runners to sign up having been motivated by top UK athletes including Mo Farah.

The quickest ever Perkins Great Eastern Run is the 62.16 set by Edwin Kipyego in 2010 while the ladies record of 72.14 set by Purity Kimetto in 2013 remains to be beaten.

The deadline to enter the race is midnight Monday 5 October and no entries will be allowed after this date or on race day. Entries to the half marathon and fun run can be made online. Visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk for more information.

Entries can also be made by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1HJ.

If your home address has changed since making your initial application, then remember to update your details by emailing perkinsgreateasternrun@peterborough.gov.uk before race packs are sent out at the end of September.

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

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Runners are invited to meet the experienced competitors who will be acting as pacers to help entrants achieve that elusive personal best when free training sessions begin on Wednesday 1 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. Fourteen pacers will be leading seven different half marathon target times when the race takes place on Sunday 11 October.

Target times will range from finishing the race in just under one hour, 30 minutes to getting runners around the route in just under three hours, which is the race time limit.

The free training sessions take place fortnightly at Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track on Bishops Road and help prepare runners for race day. The evenings are led by experienced runners and coaches from Peterborough's leading local running clubs and are over seen 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 training programmes will also be available. Advance Performance, one of the event's long standing sponsors, will be attending the session on 15 July to offer advice on running shoes, injury prevention and nutrition.

Annette Joyce, service director city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, who organise the race, said: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run is a little over three months away, so we should all start to step up our training. We've already had hundreds of runners sign up, many 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."

Tim Cook, chairman of the Greater Peterborough Athletics Network said: "All of our pacers will be attending at least one of the free training sessions right up to the week before the race. They love to talk running and are a friendly bunch but most of all they want to help runners achieve the target time they have set themselves."

"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 (Wednesday's at 7pm) will run on:

• 1 July
• 15 July
• 29 July
• 12 August
• 26 August
• 9 September
• 23 September
• 7 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, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HJ.

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

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