Record numbers to line up for Great Eastern Run

The Anna's Hope Great Eastern Run team
The Anna's Hope Great Eastern Run team
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People are being urged to cheer on thousands of amateur runners as they pound city streets in the Great Eastern Run.

The annual half marathon and fun run will take place in Peterborough on Sunday, October 12, and a record number of runners will be taking part.

The run will mean there are a number of road closures in place throughout the day, but organisers are hoping to create a carnival atmosphere to keep tired legs running to the finish.

There are plans for bands and other entertainment to perform at various points on the route, including at the Embankment, where the half marathon and the 5km fun run will start and finish.

Annette Joyce, assistant director of commercial operations at Peterborough City Council, said: “With less than a fortnight to go before the Perkins Great Eastern Run it is important residents and businesses take note of these road closures.

“The half marathon and fun run is one of the biggest events on our annual calendar, which thousands of people take part in and come out to support.

“However, we also want to minimise the impact on other residents and visitors who don’t want to be involved by ensuring they know in advance about the necessary road closures we need to put in place.”

Roads will be re-opened after the pack of runners have made their way through each section of the course.

Roads will be closed from 9.30am for the 10am start, and all roads are expected to be re-opened by 1.30pm.

The half marathon route takes runners from the Embankment past Central Park and through Paston and on to Werrington, before heading back through the city to finish at the Embankment.

Annette added: “I am sure the run will be another great success and this is in no small part thanks to the patience and understanding of local residents and businesses that live and trade on part of the route. Residents are welcome to come down to the Embankment, or watch runners from their homes and cheer them on.

“We want residents to post photos to our Facebook page, our half marathon is one of the fastest in the country so should make for a great event.”

A record breaking number of runners are expected to take part in the event, with more than 5,000 lining up to start the half marathon.

A group of 20 local fitness enthusiasts from Stamford Boot Camp will take on the half marathon in aid of Anna’s Hope, which supports children and young people with brain tumours and their families.

In 2012, Rob Dulieu and his boot campers raised about £1,500 for Anna’s Hope by running the 5K fun run but last year they smashed their target raising £5,700.

After the 2013 event - plagued by brutal weather conditions - Rob said: “Most of my campers had never run this kind of distance before so it was really brave for some of them to enter the race in the first place.

“Not only did they wish to raise as much money as possible and beat their training PB’s but they also wanted to inspire others to follow in their footsteps and give the race a go next year – they have certainly done that!”

He’s aiming to beat what the team raised last year. To donate go to www.justgiving.com/StamfordBootCampGERun.

Caroline Abdul-Rahim started the Rutland Running and Triathlon Club’s beginners course, at the age of 50, in April this year, and will be attempting the half-marathon distance in aid of the Rutland Rotaract Family Support Centre in Oakham.

To find out more about the family centre go to www.rutlandsenfamilies.co.uk/rutland-rotaract-family-support-centre.

More than 2,000 are due to tackle the fun run course.

Among those taking part in that run are a squad of 100 youngsters from Castor Primary School, which is the largest team from any school in Peterborough to take part in the run.

Children will be joined by parents, grandparents, governors and teachers in the race.

And leading the line once again will be headteacher Mark Ratchford, who last year completed the race in a fetching bright pink tu-tu.

Last year 115 people entered from the school, and it is hoped there will be more this year.

The school has decided to enter and raise money for the fun run’s official charity, Anna’s Hope, and Carole Hughes from the charity visited pupils last week, encouraging them to take part in the charity run again this year.

The pupils raised £2,100 for Anna’s Hope while running the fun run in 2013 - smashing through their target of £500. And while they have not set a target for this year’s event, they are confident of raising a large amount of money.

Runners hoping to take part in the event are also being urged to enter before the Monday, October 6, deadline.

There will be no entries accepted on the day of the race.

For more information or to enter the race, visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk or telephone 01733 207210.