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Organisers of the 2013 Perkins Great Eastern Run are once again offering free marathon training sessions for people to help them prepare for race day, which is now just 100 days away. Peterborough’s half marathon and fun run takes place at the city’s Embankment on Sunday 13 October 2013 and entries for both races are filling up faster than in its previous eight-year history. More than 2,300 runners have already signed up to the half marathon and the free training sessions, which start next Wednesday (10 July), are expected to be well attended. 

The fortnightly sessions will take place at Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track on Bishops Road, which has just reopened to the public following an extensive refurbishment project. The training 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. Advice on progressing training away from the fortnightly sessions will also be available along with advice on the correct running shoes, injury prevention and nutrition. 

Tim Cook, chairman of the Greater Peterborough Athletics Network said: “We are looking forward to helping more runners than ever at our fortnightly sessions. People new to running the half marathon and who are just starting their training will really reap the benefits. “There is no need to book and the sessions attract everyone, from those who are just starting, to competitors who have been running for years. It is a no pressure environment and people attending will get excellent help and advice from experienced runners and coaches from all the running clubs in Peterborough.” 

Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: “With just 100 days to go until the start of the Perkins Great Eastern Run, now is the time to ramp up your training. We have had hundreds of runners enter the race for the first time and the majority plan to attend the free training evenings. “I cannot recommend attending the training sessions enough. They are led by the best local coaches and previous feedback from participants has always highlighted how motivated and focused the sessions have made them feel.” 

The free training dates (Wednesday’s at 7pm) are:

  • 10 July 
  • 24 July 
  • 7 August 
  • 21 August 
  • 4 September 
  • 18 September 
  • 2 October 

More information about training can be found here Entry to the half marathon or fun run can be made online at or by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HJ. 

You can also follow the latest developments on Twitter @PerkinsGER and Facebook 

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More than 1,100 people have entered the 2013 Perkins Great Eastern Run following Peterborough half marathon's official launch event seven weeks ago.

Entry numbers are approximately double in comparison to the same time in 2012 and almost half of this year's entries so far are new to the race.

The Perkins Great Eastern Run has grown in reputation since it was reintroduced to the racing calendar in 2006 after a ten-year absence. The flat and fast route has proved to be a popular reason why runners return to the event. The route takes competitors through the city centre and alongside the cathedral, which is unusual for a half marathon.

Entries so far have come in from all over the UK and abroad including Australia and Sweden and elite athlete entries from African countries are expected in the coming months.

Luka Rotich of Kenya was first across the finish line in 2012 and his time of 62:25 was just outside the Perkins Great Eastern Run best of 62:16 set in 2010, which was the second fastest half marathon ever in Peterborough.

Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council, said: “To have just over 1,100 entries for this year’s race so soon after our launch is fantastic news. It has been the best ever start to the Perkins Great Eastern Run and our target is to surpass last year’s 4,400 entries to the half marathon.

"The majority of runners who have so far entered are new to the race and this demonstrates the strong reputation our event has. The course is unique in comparison to most UK half marathons, as it takes runners through our city centre and has excellent support along the route by our residents.

"Last year we made significant changes to the route, which helped runners to improve on their personal best times. We also started and finished the race on the city’s Embankment where friends and family of runners were kept occupied with children’s entertainment, a continental market, charity stalls, trade stands and refreshments."Beton Imprime

The 2013 Perkins Great Eastern Run will take place on Sunday 13 October at 10:30am. The 5k fun run starts at 10am and is followed by the wheelchair race, which commences just before the half marathon.

Entry fees for the half marathon are £21 for members of UKA affiliated athletic clubs and £23 for unaffiliated entrants. The fun run is £8 for entrants who are 16 years-old and over and £5 for 16 years and under.

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