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There is only a matter of weeks to go before Peterborough stages the Great Eastern Run on Sunday 14 October and families are being urged to join in the fun and sign up for the 5km fun run, which takes place alongside the half-marathon.

Great Eastern Run 2007

Thousands of athletes, joggers and fun runners are currently in training for the 13.1 mile race around the streets of Peterborough in what is the greatest road race in the region. However, if the half-marathon seems like a tall order, people can still be part of this fantastic event by taking part in the 5km fun run.

It is the ideal opportunity for people of all ages to run or walk the 5km course and enjoy what is a fun-filled family day. Many participants choose to complete the course in fancy dress, adding a splash of colour to proceedings, and many more raise thousands of pounds for charity. In addition, there is the obvious health benefits involved in taking part in the fun run. However, whatever the motivation for signing up to the 5km fun run, it is guaranteed to be an experience to savour.

“After a 10-year absence it was fantastic to see so many people taking part in the Great Eastern Run and the 5km fun run last year,” said Councillor Matthew Lee, Peterborough City Council’s Cabinet member for Community Services. “Our aim is to make the race an annual highlight in the region’s sporting calendar, attracting local, national and international athletes.

“However, it is just as important we attract local residents of all abilities and, if the half-marathon is too long a distance to tackle, the 5km fun run provides people with the perfect alternative. It is the ideal opportunity to raise vital funds for charity, take place in the greatest race in the region and make Sunday 14 October a fun-filled family day to remember.”

The Great Eastern Run has grown with the backing of its main sponsor Perkins Engines and others, including Advance Performance, ASICS UK Ltd and Anglian Water. It has also benefited from the enthusiasm of local running clubs, giving the sport the support it deserves as well as helping runners of all abilities.

People can find out more about the race and running for charity at a series of special roadshows happening this month. The Great Eastern Run roadshows will take place in the city centre between 10 am and 4 pm every Saturday from 8 September.

To view a copy of the the 2007 Great Eastern Run route in PDF format - click here

To enter this year’s race visit or for further details go to

September 2007 - Peterborough UK Community Website




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