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Peterborough City Council is informing residents and motorists about road closures around the city, 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 8 and the half marathon follows at 10.30am. 

Entries to both races close at midday on Friday 6 October. 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. We would like to thank road users for their cooperation during this event."

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

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Local charities set to receive £5,000 from Jane Tomlinson Appeal

Five local charities and good causes are set to receive a £1,000 cash prize from the Jane Tomlinson Appeal, a charity which partners with the Perkins Great Eastern Run.
The appeal asked the people of Peterborough to nominate their favourite local cause to receive a cash injection and hundreds of suggestions were made. Five causes have been selected to receive £1,000 each.
The successful causes are No Gain No Pain UK, Personalised Eating Disorder Support (PEDS), Cruse Peterborough, Inspire Peterborough and Carers Trust Cambridgeshire & Peterborough.


PHOTO/MEDIA OPPORTUNITY
Where - Peterborough Town Hall
When - Tuesday 19 September at 11am
What - The Jane Tomlinson Appeal, representatives from PGER and the beneficiary charities will assemble for a photo opportunity and celebration of the Great Peterborough Giveaway 2017.
Appeal Manager Kate Goldring said “We were overwhelmed to read all the nominations, clearly a lot of great work takes place in the Peterborough community. For us, it’s important to give back to the communities who support us and through our partnership with the Perkins Great Eastern Run; the people of Peterborough have done just that. We’re thrilled to be able to support five fantastic causes in the area.”


No Gain No Pain UK is a small local charity raising money for syringe drivers to be used in the local community. A syringe driver is a small computerised machine that can be programmed to give patients a measured dose of pain relief and other drugs during palliative care. The machines can help patients remain at home with loved ones instead of going into hospital or a hospice.


Lee Nicholls of No Gain No Pain responded to the news of the donation and said: “Syringe drivers cost £1,100 each. Many large areas were sharing just one or two of these machines and we are slowly managing to increase these numbers.


“We have donated an extra 18 machines over the last two years and these have been in constant use since they were handed over. We are extremely thankful to the trustees of the Jane Tomlinson Appeal for supporting our cause.”


Annette Joyce, race director for Peterborough City Council, said: “A fantastic amount of money was raised for good causes at last year’s race which will now go to supporting very worthwhile causes nominated by the residents of Peterborough. It proves yet again that the Perkins Great Eastern Run is not just a race, but a real community event that benefits many good causes both through the Jane Tomlinson Appeal and the many other charities that benefit as a result of those taking part.
“Around 200 runners are signed up for this year’s race in just a few weeks’ time so even more good causes will benefit as a result.”
The Jane Tomlinson Appeal was launched as a lasting legacy to Jane Tomlinson CBE who died from cancer in 2007. Before her untimely death aged just 43, Jane raised £1.8m for children's and cancer charities through a series of incredible endurance feats - despite suffering from terminal cancer.


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 ran the half marathon in 2016 for the appeal, 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 for me.”

About the Jane Tomlinson Appeal

Jane Tomlinson CBE raised £1.85m for children’s and cancer charities before her untimely death from cancer aged just 43 in 2007. She made headlines across the world by competing in a series of epic endurance challenges from the London Marathon, ironman and triathlon competitions, to a 4,200 mile cycle ride across the width of the USA – despite being diagnosed with incurable cancer.
The charity set up in her name has made a difference to scores of good causes, in the main children’s and cancer charities, across the North and Midlands.


The charity is proud to be the charity partner of the Perkins Great Eastern Run for a second year this October 8th and is welcoming entrants to sign up and fundraise for the Appeal.


Places for the run are still available on the website and you can select to support the Jane Tomlinson Appeal when registering www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk/enter


For more information contact the Jane Tomlinson Appeal on 0113 826 7775 or email info@janetomlinsonappeal.com  

 

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As of tomorrow (Saturday 19 August), there's 50 days to go until this year's Perkins Great Eastern Run. Have you signed up to take part?

Many people will have been inspired by the fantastic achievements of Mo Farah and his fellow athletes at the IAAF World Championships recently and now want to set their own running goals.

The Perkins Great Eastern Run half marathon is one of Britain's fastest half marathons and there is also a wheelchair race and a Anna's Hope 5K fun run.

Entries have been coming in in their numbers over the summer and the 2017 race is set to be the biggest event yet.

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, which organises the race, said: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run is one of the fastest courses in the country and we get runners from near and far on the start line.

"More and more people are taking up running and we want to give them an event where they can have a fantastic day with fellow runners being cheered on by the great crowds we see all around the course."

 
The race takes place on Sunday 8 October and the closing date for entries is Friday 6 October 2017 at midday, or when the race limits are reached, whichever comes first. Entry prices increase by £2 for each race from Friday 22 September.

Entries to the half marathon and fun run can be made online at www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

Entries can also be made by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre, 41 Bridge Street, Peterborough.


David Nicoll, global marketing director for principal sponsors Perkins, added: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run is one of the highlights in the city's sporting calendar and this year's event is on course to attract more runners than ever before. 

"For those who are relatively new to running, please take advantage of the advice and support that's available, for free, to help you train and prepare for the run. This support is also available to more experienced runners, to help get you up to speed and achieve your target time."  

Runners of all abilities are welcome to attend the free training sessions that take place at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track.

Each training session begins at 7pm and the four remaining dates are Wednesday 23 August, Wednesday 6 September, Wednesday 20 September and Wednesday 4 October.

Entrants are also advised that if they have had a change of postal address since entering to let the race team know.  Race packs are due to go out shortly and if the pack goes to the wrong address because they have moved, there will be a cost to re-send the pack.

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

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Get advice from experienced runners and coaches at a series of free training sessions in the build up to the Perkins Great Eastern Run.

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

The first session takes place on Wednesday 12 July and training starts with a warm-up at 7pm and will last around an hour.

Runners can meet seasoned competitors who will be acting as pacers to help entrants achieve their personal best on Sunday 8 October.

A prize draw competition to win the latest running accessories will be held at the end of each session.

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, which organises the race, said: "Entries for the Perkins Great Eastern Run are already up on last year and many entrants will now be looking to step up their training in order to achieve the time they want on the day.

“These sessions are a popular way to talk to experienced runners and get tips on how to prepare for the day. Often last year more than 100 people would be at these sessions.

“They are led by some of the best coaches in the region and are suitable for people of all levels of fitness and experience with runners split into groups that reflect their ability."

Runners don't have to be already signed up to the Perkins Great Eastern Run to go along to the sessions, you can be considering or merely just want to get some running advice.

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

Representatives from the Anna’s Hope charity will be on hand at the first session for anyone who wants to find out more about the 5km Fun Run event.

There is still time for local charities to win one of five £1,000 grants thanks to a partnership between The Jane Tomlinson Appeal and Perkins Great Eastern Run. Visit www.janetomlinsonappeal.com/GreatEasternGiveaway

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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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.

MEDIA OPPORTUNITY

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 www.janetomlinsonappeal.com/GreatEasternGiveaway

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 www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

 

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