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New half marathon charity partner announced for Perkins Great Eastern Run

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 The Perkins Great Eastern Run has announced a new charity partnership with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal.

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal will be the race's half marathon title charity and is of particular note as the founder had strong links to Peterborough.

Before her death in 2007, Jane Tomlinson CBE raised £1.85 million for children’s and cancer charities through a series of physical challenges.

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 will be running the half marathon on Sunday 9 October 2016, said: “We’re so excited that the Perkins Great Eastern Run has chosen to support the Jane Tomlinson Appeal in 2016.

“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.

“I’m really looking forward to being there and running the event for myself. I’ve read about what a fast course it is so I’m hoping for a PB. It would be great if people can join me by getting behind the Appeal at this year.

“Every penny raised for the Appeal at the Perkins Great Eastern Run will be donated to charities and good causes in the local area.”

Launched back in 2002, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal has now raised over £7.6million for charity supporting a range of organisations both local and nationally.

Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, which organises the race, said: "The partnership with the Jane Tomlinson Appeal is great news for the Perkins Great Eastern Run.

"Jane was an inspirational woman who dedicated her life to supporting charities and good causes, despite suffering from terminal cancer.

"If you are running this year's half marathon and are looking for a charity to raise money for then consider the Jane Tomlinson Appeal. All proceeds raised by runners in the charity's name will be shared between local causes.

" The charity joins the other race partners including Anna's Hope, the official charity of the 5km fun run.

For those interested in the Anna's Hope Fun Run, Junior Challenge prizes are on offer to schools and other organisations that can encourage the most entrants, and those that raise the largest amount for the charity.

To enter this year’s race visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk

A series of free morning and lunchtime runs leave the Embankment Athletics Track, in Bishop’s Road, Peterborough, every Wednesday until July 6 2016.

Morning runs are from 7.30am to 8.30am and the lunchtime sessions from 12noon to 1pm.

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal

The Jane Tomlinson Appeal was set up by a very determined Yorkshire woman to help children's and cancer charities across Yorkshire, the UK and the globe.

Before her death in 2007, Jane Tomlinson CBE raised £1.85 million for children’s and cancer charities through a series of physical challenges including her Ride Across America.

Jane knew her life was limited but wanted to create a vehicle which would allow others across communities the opportunity to raise money for good causes close to their own hearts and to share in the excitement and fulfilment that she had experienced through her own fundraising events.

Launched back in 2002, the Jane Tomlinson Appeal recently announced they had raised over £7.6million for charity and over the years the Appeal has supported a range of charities both local and nationally, helping to fund refurbishment projects and purchase vital medical equipment.

To find out more about the Appeal’s grant procedure and the organisations it has supported visit www.janetomlinsonappeal.com

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