The Perkins Great Eastern Run in Peterborough is gearing up to be the biggest ever with more than 2,000 entries already committed to the 14 October event – now in its 13th successive year.
Last year the city council-organised race had the highest turnout of runners in its 34-year history, with 4,262 runners competing in the half marathon and 1,257 people taking part in the Anna’s Hope Fun Run.
Entries for both the half marathon (5,224) and fun run (1,398) also eclipsed the previous highest totals recorded in 2013.
The event had the strongest-ever representation from runners all over the UK and, indeed, the world, with entries from the USA, Netherlands, Italy and France.
At one stage during the event more than 10,000 people gathered on the city’s riverside Embankment, as runners crossed the finish line to cheers from an emphatic crowd of supporters and spectators.
Unlike many UK half marathons, the Perkins Great Eastern Run starts and finishes in the heart of historic Peterborough and takes in plenty of sights along the way. It offers a fast, flat course giving runners an excellent chance of a personal best.
Runners welcome the high-quality goody bags that are given out at the finish line, which include a technical t-shirt, commemorative medal and other running-related treats.
The half marathon action starts at 10.30am, following on from the wheelchair race at 10.25am and the Anna’s Hope Fun Run at 10am.
Here’s some good reasons to enter:
- BARR Gold Grade event
- Flat and fast course, ideal for a PB
- Discounted parking when you sign up to RingGo
- Affiliated entry only £27 (plus £2.62 booking fee)
- Historic city centre route
- Excellent goody bags including a technical t-shirt
- Superb spectator support
- Top prize money for winners
- Free entertainment for spectators
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