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Meet your pacer at free Perkins Great Eastern Run training

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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 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.

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