Free women-only and mixed running training sessions are available for those tempted to take on the 2015 Perkins Great Eastern Run.
Peterborough City Council is making two different sessions available to encourage more people to take part in the half marathon and fun run and beat 2014's record entry of almost 7,000 runners.
Women-only sessions, with a female coach, will be held 10am until 11am on Wednesdays, starting 13 May 2015. Mixed training sessions will be held 7pm until 8pm on Thursdays, starting 14 May 2015. Each session will depart from and return to the Beehive Centre, Saint Martin's Street, Peterborough.
What: A photo with Councillor Marco Cereste and local runners
When: Wednesday 18 March at 10.30am
Where: Beehive Centre, Saint Martin's Street, Peterborough
In 2014, 5,000 runners completed the Perkins Great Eastern Run. The city council wants to make sure everyone has an opportunity to train and enter the event. With so many new and growing communities in Peterborough, with people from different cultures and backgrounds, it is hoped these running training sessions will encourage keen runners and those interested in giving the event a go for the first time.
Annette Joyce, service director city services and communications, said: "We are rightly proud of the Perkins Great Eastern Run, it is widely regarded as one of the fastest half marathons in the country and thousands take part each year. The day each race finishes the preparations for next year's event starts. We are constantly improving the event and encouraging more participants from different backgrounds is a priority this year.
"We are organising these training sessions to encourage anyone from experienced runners to complete novices to give the race a go. It is always thrilling to see so many people run right through the city centre, but this year we want even more people to take part. If it has been a while since you brushed off those running shoes, get them out and give the run a go."
Adrian Talbot, Perkins' marketing centre of excellence manager, said: "Perkins is immensely proud to be associated with the Perkins Great Eastern Run, a sporting event that every year brings the Peterborough community together. Over the years many people have used the fun run to improve their fitness and raise funds for a charitable cause, and we’re aware of families who have come together to train for and complete the half marathon course.
"The run is a truly great event for the city and its residents and I’d encourage people to sign up for the free training sessions and get actively involved in this year's event."
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Free women-only and mixed running training sessions are available for those tempted to take on the 2015 Perkins Great Eastern Run.
For the second successive year children from Castor Primary School in Peterborough raised the most money for Anna's Hope in the Perkins Great Eastern Run Junior Challenge.
Pupils who took part in the 5k Anna's Hope Fun Run raised more than £1,800 and will be rewarded with a brand new sports kit to wear courtesy of long standing Junior Challenge sponsors ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies.
The school will also be presented with a 32" television by the Co-op after picking up the accolade for most runners in last year's race with 133 who took part.
In addition, book voucher prizes worth £25 will be given to the one boy and girl who raised the most money for Anna's Hope out of all the schools that took part in the race.
Castor Primary's Tyler Carter collected £144 and came top for the boys and Poppy Newman from Copthill School in Uffington raised more than £1,500 for the second year in a row.
When - Thursday 26 February, 2015, at 9am
Where - Castor Primary School
What - Presentation of team kit and TV to school children
Anna's Hope founder Carole Hughes said: "We are grateful to all the runners who raised funds for our charity in last year's Perkins Great Eastern Run and in particular the continuous commitment shown by Castor school. We are eternally thankful to ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies for donating another £500 sports kit, as they have done each year.
"We are also thankful to the Co-op who gifted a TV to Castor school for entering the most runners. The school has been fantastic in its support for our charity and the Anna's Hope Fun Run and we look forward to seeing everyone again at this year's event."
Adrian Talbot, marketing centre of excellence manager at Perkins, said: "For the second year Castor school has demonstrated what can be achieved by embracing a worthy local cause like Anna's Hope. The children were able to raise money and have fun while keeping fit at the same time. We and organisers Peterborough City Council are proud of what the school has achieved in the Junior Challenge."
Michael Vincent, managing director of ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies, said: "My wife Mary and I will continue to support the Junior Challenge and Anna's Hope. We are particularly proud to be associated with the overwhelming achievements of this very special and unique charity. Castor school has once again thrown down the gauntlet to other schools to see if they can better their excellent fun-run fundraising achievements."
Anna's Hope is dedicated to giving hope to children and young people who have a brain tumour. It was inspired by Anna Olivia Hughes, who tragically died from a brain tumour aged three years and eight months in 2006. Anna's Hope was founded by Anna's parents Rob and Carole Hughes.
The 2015 Perkins Great Eastern Run will set off from The Embankment on Sunday 11 October at 10.30am, with the Anna's Hope Fun Run starting at 10am.
The fun run entry fee for runners who are 16 years-old and under is £5. To enter online, visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk/enter Alternatively, entries can be made by post or in person at Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1HJ.
Peterborough City Council is warning residents and motorists about a number of road closures necessary for this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run on Sunday 12 October 2014.
The half marathon will again start and end at The Embankment. The Anna's Hope Fun Run starts at 10am, which is followed by the half marathon at 10.30am.
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
- The race will leave the Embankment, turn right on to Rivergate, left onto the southbound lane of Bourges Boulevard and right onto Priestgate
- Competitors will then head to Bridge Street, emerging opposite the town hall, before making their way through Cathedral Square and up onto Long Causeway and Broadway.
The following roads will be closed from 9.30am until 1.30pm as the race will pass through each twice, as runners head both into and out of the city:
- Park Road between All Saints Road and Dogsthorpe Road
- Dogsthorpe Road between Garton Avenue and Lawn Avenue
- Lawn Avenue between Dogsthorpe Road and St Paul's Road
- St Paul's Road between Lawn Avenue and Fulbridge Road
- Fulbridge Road between St Paul's Road and Francis Garden.
The route will also result in the following road closures:
- Park Crescent between 09.30am and 11am
- Broadway from its junction with Princes Gate and Park Crescent between 9.30am and 11am
- Princes Gate and Princess Gardens between 9.30am and 1.30pm
- Eastfield Road from its junction with Princes Gardens to the Boongate roundabout between 9.30am and 1.30pm
- St John's Street and Vineyard Road between 9.30am and 1.30pm.
All roads will reopen as the final runner passes each of the mile markers.
Entries are still available for this year's event, but the closing date is Monday 6 October 2014. There are no entries available on the day.
Annette Joyce, Assistant Director of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: "With less than a fortnight to go before the Perkins Great Eastern Run it is important residents and businesses take note of these road closures. The half marathon and fun run is one of the biggest events on our annual calendar, which thousands of people take part in and come out to support. 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.
"I am sure the run will be another great success and this is in no small part thanks to the patience and understanding of local residents and businesses that live and trade on part of the route. Residents are welcome to come down to the embankment, or watch runners from their homes and cheer them on. We want residents to post photos to our Facebook page, our half marathon is one of the fastest in the country so should make for a great event."
Inspirational runner Steve Way has chosen to take part in the Perkins Great Eastern Run as a warm-up race ahead of the IAU 100km World Championships in Qatar this November.
Steve finished 10th in July's Commonwealth Games marathon and set a new record for a British runner over 40 years of age when he clocked a time of two hours 15 minutes and 16 seconds.
His impressive feat led to selection to represent Great Britain and Northern Ireland for the first time at the IAU 100km World Championships. Training for the event is already underway and Steve sees Peterborough's half marathon as the perfect race to help prepare him for his November challenge.
He said: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run is the ideal half marathon for me to enter, as it's a month before I go out to Qatar and more importantly the route is flat and fast! I did some research on what I thought would be the best overall race for me to compete in and the Great Eastern has it all.
"After speaking to the organisers I was impressed with how well put together the event is and how passionate people are about the race. I know Peterborough City Council is very proud of this event and they've done a cracking job to grow its size and reputation.
"As a runner lots of things about a race need to culminate for you to be able to enjoy it and target a personal best time. Not only is the Perkins Great Eastern Run one of the flattest half marathons in the country, it has fantastic spectator support and it's one of few races that doesn't run through acres of fields or industrial estates.
"I love residential routes and I'm especially looking forward to running through the historic city centre, which I'm told is the icing on the cake on what is an excellent day for runners and everyone that comes out to support them."
Way's passion for running was ignited by a desire to stop smoking and make some healthy life changes seven years ago. He was 33 years of age, weighed over 16 stone, smoked more than 20 cigarettes a day and indulged in too much alcohol and fast food.
In 2007 Way finished in the top half of the field at the Bournemouth Bay Half Marathon and by April 2008 he was recording a time of just over two and a half hours in the London marathon, which saw him finish just outside the top 100 from a field of more than 34,000.
Annette Joyce, Assistant Director of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: "We are delighted that Steve has chosen our race to prepare him for the 100k world championships. Steve's decision to sign up for the Perkins Great Eastern Run is a testament to the hard work everyone involved in the race has put into raising its profile in recent years and we look forward to welcoming him.
"The determination and dedication Steve has given to running in the last seven years has been remarkable. He is a genuine inspiration to us all and proof that running is indeed for everyone and nothing is out of reach."
The man from Poole in Dorset will be joining more than 7,000 other runners on 12 October at The Embankment for the start of the Perkins Great Eastern Run. Entries are filling up fast but there is still time to sign up before the 6 October closing date. Enter online at www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk
Pacers have been introduced to this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run and runners will be able to meet the experienced competitors that will help them achieve a personal best time when free training sessions begin on Wednesday 9 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 12 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 fortnightly free training sessions will take place at Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track on Bishops Road and are designed to 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 and at the first session one of the event's long standing sponsors - Advance Performance - will be lead the warm up session and offering advice on running shoes, injury prevention and nutrition.
Annette Joyce, Assistant Director of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, who organise the race, said: "The start of the Perkins Great Eastern Run is just over 100 days away and now is the time for runners to step up their training. Hundreds of runners have entered our half marathon for the first time and we are looking forward to welcoming them to the training evenings.
"The sessions are led by some of the best coaches in the region and runners have always fed back to us on 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."
"Pacers attending the first free training evening will be leading runners aiming for sub one hour 50 minutes or two hours on race day. It's 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 race."
The free training dates (Wednesday's at 7pm) are:
- 9 July
- 23 July
- 6 August
- 20 August
- 3 September
- 17 September
- 1 October
For more information about pacers, target times and when they will be attending the free training sessions visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk. Entries to the half marathon and fun run can also be made online.
Alternatively, entries can be made by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HJ.
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