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:

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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