IT’S GOING TO BE A GREAT EASTERN RUN! The Perkins Great Eastern Run is on its way and is already on course to be a record breaker.
Ron had this advice for first time entrants – “A lot of people won’t train enough or do enough running to get round, and the biggest mistake is starting off too fast. Then you get into oxygen debt you get tired and despondent. It’s better to go more slowly at the start and have something left at the end for a last couple of miles sprint.” New to 2014 is the introduction of race pacers who’ll help runners to achieve their best possible time on race day. Seven pacers will lead different target times ranging from one and a half hours finish time to two hours and forty five minutes. Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations at Peterborough City Council and Race Director, told ESP she has high aspirations for the event – “It’s to grow the race and make it the best it can possibly be. We grew it by 20% last year and if we can keep doing that year on year we really will have one of the top half marathons in the country. “It puts us on the map for something really positive. Iit encourages local people to take up running and gives a sense of well being for the city. There’s nothing more inspirational than seeing thousands of people running through the city perhaps raising money for charity or their own personal goals and getting fit.” There’s also a chance for local bands and solo artists to apply to perform on the running route and on The Embankment where the race starts and finishes so if you fancy it you should get in touch with the organsiers. “I’ve run this twice,” said Annette, “and one of the things I’ve noticed that’s fantastic is the resident’s support, they are phenomenal they really cheer the runners on and we need to give them something back. If they’ve got their street party going on, wouldn’t it be great to put a local band on or something punctuating that road with entertainment and the by product of that is it makes it so much easier for the runner to keep them going.” Stamford based charity Anna's Hope is the official charity of the fun run but runners in either race can fundraise for any charity they like. This year's Perkins Great Eastern Run takes place on Sunday October 12 and the route will remained unchanged, starting and finishing on the city's Embankment.
Photos: Chris Brudenell
For more info, to enter and to keep up-to-date with all the latest race news and training tips, visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk or call 01733 207210.
The race is gathering pace in reputation and size amongst runners and has now attracted national attention securing the BBC’s Children in Need as its official charity partner. In 2013 the half marathon attracted its highest number of runners with almost 5,200 people entering the race and more than 1,700 signed up for the Anna's Hope fun run. The race was launched and endorsed by none other than Doctor Ron Hill MBE who’s competed in more than 100 marathons and raced in 100 different countries. He told ESP – “There’s lots of advice in magazines and so on but there’s nothing better than consistency in training, getting out four or five times a week if they can, and some longer runs to get used to time on feet. I do encourage people to race too because a race situation is a lot different to doing a long run with a group or on your own. A Saturday morning 5K – anything, just try and get something in before and then you’ll have a better idea.