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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 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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A man who has not missed a day's running in almost 50 years will be leading a series of special announcements at the official launch of the 2014 Perkins Great Eastern Run.

Doctor Ron Hill MBE - who has competed in more than 100 marathons and raced in 100 different countries - will be the principal speaker at the launch event.

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Where: Peterborough Marriott Hotel, Peterborough Business Park, Lynch Wood, PE2 6GB.
When: Thursday 3 April 2014 at 11am.
What's happening: Event to mark the official launch of the 2014 Perkins Great Eastern Run, which will include a special guest launch of this year's official half marathon charity.

The Perkins Great Eastern Run launch is being hosted by the Marriott hotel on behalf of the race's principal sponsors Perkins. Runners are being encouraged to attend to find out about new additions to the race, which is already on course to be another record breaker.

In 2013 the half marathon attracted its highest number of runners with almost 5,200 people entering the race and more than 1,700 signed up for the Anna's Hope fun run.

New to 2014 is the introduction of race pacers who will 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.

In addition, organisers Peterborough City Council will announce details of a new opportunity for local bands and solo artists who can apply to perform on the running route and on The Embankment where the race starts and finishes.

The launch event will also include a presentation by Anna's Hope after the local cause was chosen as the official charity of the fun run. Anna's Hope has supported the Perkins Great Eastern Run for several years and this year's Anna's Hope fun run and junior challenge has already started to attract entries.

An announcement revealing the official half marathon charity will be made by a special guest at the launch event.

Local running club representatives will be attending the event to offer training advice and information about free training sessions for runners of all levels and experience.

Principal sponsors Perkins will be joined by other event sponsors at the event including new to 2014 Central England Co-operative. Long standing supporters including Advance Performance, Smiths Motor Group and ChromaSport & Trophies will also be in attendance.

This year's Perkins Great Eastern Run takes place on Sunday 12 October and the route will remained unchanged, starting and finishing on the city's Embankment.

Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council and Race Director, said: "Entries to this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run opened the day after our 2013 race and the number of runners new to the race who have signed up so far is encouraging.

"This shows how the race is gathering pace in reputation and size. The city council is proud of how the event has flourished in recent years and by continuing to work with sponsors and partners we have been able to further enhance the running and spectator experience for 2014."

Adrian Talbot, Marketing Centre of Excellence Manager at Perkins said: "It's fantastic that so many people have already signed up to take part in the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2014. It's set to be a great year!

"We're very proud to be associated with an event which is an integral part of the city's sporting calendar and which, through the fundraising that so many of the runners undertake, is making a real difference to local and national charities, including Anna's Hope – our own charity partner."

For more information about the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2014, to enter and to keep up-to-date with all the latest race news and training tips, visit or telephone (01733) 207210


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Children from Castor Primary School in Peterborough will have a brand new sports kit to wear this spring term as a reward for raising the most money for Anna's Hope in the 2013 Perkins Great Eastern Run Junior Challenge.

A kit worth £500 will be presented to the school courtesy of ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies after 61 children raised £2,126 for local charity Anna's Hope when they took part in the 5k fun run.


When - Monday 3 February 2014 at 10am
Where - Castor Primary School
What - Presentation of team kit and Sainsbury's prizes to school children

For six years ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies have supported the incentive for schools and young people's groups, such as brownies and cubs to enter the Junior Challenge in the 5k fun run.

Michael Vincent, Managing Director of ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies, said: "My wife Mary and I continue to support the Junior Challenge and Anna's Hope and we have over the years proudly donated more than £3,000 towards this worthy local cause. My wife and I are delighted for Castor Primary School who have embraced the Junior Challenge and with it set a benchmark for other schools to challenge their supremacy at this year's event."

In addition, the school entered the most runners in the Junior Challenge and will be presented with a TV by Sainsbury's for their achievement.

Prizes from Sainsbury's were also up for grabs for the boy and girl who raised the most money for Anna's Hope. Castor Primary School was top again with Leo Bailey who won a Nintendo Wii game for raising £300.

A Wii game for the girl who raised the most money for Anna's Hope went to Poppy Newman of Copthill School in Uffington who raised an impressive £1,235.

Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: "Castor school really got behind the Junior Challenge and we are all very impressed with what they have achieved. By choosing to support Anna's Hope the school has benefitted from a free sports kit, a TV and a prize for an individual fundraiser."

The 2014 Perkins Great Eastern Run supports Anna's Hope as part of the Junior Challenge. The charity 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.

Carole Hughes said: "We are grateful to all the runners who raised funds for our charity in last year's Perkins Great Eastern Run. We are thankful to ChromaSport Schoolwear & Trophies for donating a sports kit for the children at Castor Primary School, who also won the Anna's Hope Junior Challenge Cup for their fundraising efforts.

"We are also thankful to Sainsbury's who donated Wii games for the boy and girl who raised the most money for Anna's Hope. Every penny raised will go towards supporting children with brain tumours. We look forward to seeing everyone again in this year's run."

The fun run entry fee for runners who are 16 years-old and under is £5. To enter online, visit Alternatively, entries can be made by post or in person at Peterborough Visitor Information Centre, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough, PE1 1HJ.


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Charities are being invited to support the Perkins Great Eastern Run by submitting proposals to become official charity for the half marathon race, which takes place on Sunday 12 October.

Organisers Peterborough City Council increased race entries by 20 per cent in 2013 and are targeting the event to reach entry capacity this year.

Almost 7,000 runners entered last year's half marathon and fun run, making it the most successful Perkins Great Eastern Run since the race was re-introduced to Peterborough in 2006.

Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run is a premier event with an excellent reputation. It's the fastest growing half marathon in the country and in 2013 the race attracted record participants against a backdrop of several races reporting a decrease in entry numbers or static take-up at best."

"Interest in the event is gathering momentum and this is the ideal time to welcome aboard an official charity for the half marathon main event. This is a fantastic opportunity for a charity to be closely associated with the half marathon and raise funds to enable them to continue their valued work."

Half marathon official charity proposals should be made by email to by Friday 7 February.

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Organisers of the Perkins Great Eastern Run are encouraging people who are stuck for Christmas gift ideas to buy an entry for someone into the city's annual half marathon.

Signing up a family member or friend into the 2014 race is an ideal Christmas present for people looking to take on a challenge in the New Year.

By declaring entries open for 2014 at this year's event in October, race organisers Peterborough City Council are targeting the half marathon and fun run to reach their entry capacity and early purchasing is recommended.

Entries to the half marathon and fun run increased by 20 per cent and 85 per cent respectively and runners are already signing up to take part in 2014.

Approximately 7,000 runners signed up to the event, making it the most successful Perkins Great Eastern Run since the race was re-introduced to Peterborough in 2006.

Annette Joyce, Race Director and Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: "For someone who is determined to make healthy lifestyle changes in 2014, a Christmas present entry into the Perkins Great Eastern Run gives them a realistic challenge to aim for.

"It also guarantees a place in the race, which is growing in popularity and reputation every year. Both the half marathon and fun run have the potential to reach entry capacity next year and I would encourage anyone thinking of signing up to do so as soon as they can."

The Perkins Great Eastern Run takes place on Sunday 12 October 2014, on The Embankment in Peterborough. The fun run starts at 10am, followed by the wheelchair race at 10.25 and half marathon at 10.30am.

Entries can be made online or at the Visitor Information Centre in Bridge Street, Peterborough.


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