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Thousands of elite athletes, club runners, joggers and fun runners took to the streets of Peterborough for The Great Eastern Run and fun run on Sunday 14 October.

More than 3,000 people were participating in the half-marathon and more than 1,000 in the fun run, and thousands more lined the 13.1-mile route in bright sunshine to cheer on those taking part. They witnessed a fantastic race where competition was fierce with Kenyan John Mutai back in the city to defend his title after winning the men’s race in 2006.

The 41-year-old did not disappoint either, crossing the line in a record time of 63 minutes and 48 seconds, smashing the Halcrow course record of 64 minutes and 35 seconds he set in 2006. However, in what was a remarkable finish, Mutai crossed the line hand-in-hand with fellow Kenyan Raymond Tonui, who was officially handed first place with exactly the same time. Neil Addison was third in a time of 66 minutes and 49 seconds.

“What a race,” said a smiling Mutai after completing the 13.1-mile course. “I only flew into the UK from Kenya on Thursday and I’m very happy to have been able to take part in such a great race. I love to run and I’m looking forward to coming back to Peterborough and racing here again in 2008.”

The women’s race was won by Jo Wilkinson in a time of 74 minutes and 32 seconds, more than three minutes ahead of second-placed Banuelia Katesigwa (77 minutes and 42 seconds), who was running in the Great Eastern Run seven days after winning the Loch Ness marathon. Emma Phillips was third in a time of 77 minutes and 45 seconds.

“What a fantastic occasion,” said race organiser Kathleen McGrath, from Peterborough City Council. “The Great Eastern Run has once again put Peterborough on the map and cemented its reputation as the greatest race in the region.

“Thousands of runners have raised tens of thousands of pounds for charity and they are the real stars of the day. However, thanks must also go to those thousands more who lined the course to cheer on those taking part, the running clubs for their continued support and especially to the volunteers who turned up on the day to help everything run so smoothly.”

The race started from the junction of Midgate and Long Causeway at 11 am, with the fun run getting underway at 11.20 am and the wheelchair race starting at 10.55 am. Thousands of people lined the course to cheer the runners on as they made their way through the city before finishing at the Embankment where thousands more welcomed them home.

Allan Arnott, operations director for race sponsors Perkins Engines, said: “This year’s Great Eastern Run was absolutely superb. The level of support and enthusiasm from both the runners and the crowds, who turned out in their thousands to watch the event, was incredible. I would like to congratulate all those who took part and helped raise thousands of pounds for local charities.”

Councillor Matthew Lee, Cabinet Member for Community Services, added: “The Great Eastern Run has raised the profile of Peterborough and provided a fitting stage for those elite athletes, club runners, keep-fit joggers and fun runners who have helped make it the greatest race in the region once again.

“Organising the race has been no mean feat and a big thank you must go to everyone who has been involved. I would also like to thank our sponsors, the hundreds of volunteers who were involved on the day and the residents of Peterborough who lined the 13.1-mile route to show their support.”

For full results got to www.greateasternrun.co.uk

October 2007 - Peterborough UK Community Website

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