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Peterborough’s award-winning Great Eastern Run returns this year on Sunday 12 October and people are being urged to submit entries and begin training for what is expected to be another record-breaking event.

The half-marathon and fun run were revived by Peterborough City Council in 2006 after a 10-year break and last year’s event attracted a 20 per cent increase in entrants with the number of fun-runners almost doubling.

In a poll of Runners World readers the Great Eastern Run achieved a top 50 rating out of 736 races across the UK in 2007.

“Now that the race is becoming more established in Peterborough we anticipate increasing numbers of participants as we aim to make it the biggest event of its kind in the region,” said organiser Kathleen McGrath. “We are working very hard to enhance its reputation as an important attraction for athletes and fun-runners on the national calendar of sporting events.”

Peterborough-based Perkins Engines will again be the principal sponsor. Marion King, the company’s marketing communications manager said: “Perkins is absolutely delighted to once again be the principal sponsor of the Great Eastern Run.

“Last year’s event was superb with an incredible level of support and enthusiasm from both the runners and the crowds who turned up to watch. We are looking forward to being part of the team, working to inspire more people to take part and to guarantee this year’s event will be even more successful than last year’s.”

Elenor Millward, a member of the fundraising team at Sue Ryder Care’s Thorpe Hall Hospice, added: "The Thorpe Hall Hospice has really enjoyed being part of the Great Eastern Run for the past two years and we are looking forward to the 2008 race. The atmosphere is great and it is such a fun day.

“It is a great opportunity for local people get fit while also raising money for local charities. The runners supporting Sue Ryder Care Thorpe Hall Hospice last year raised more than £15,000 for patient care, which is fantastic and will make a really positive difference to people in our care.

“I am really grateful to the runners who have helped us continue providing outstanding care to local people who are seriously ill with conditions such as cancer and enabled us to give support to their families and friends at a difficult time.

“It is a wonderful achievement to have completed a half-marathon or fun run and raising money as well adds to a real sense of satisfaction and pride.”

To join the Sue Ryder Care running team for 2008, call Elenor Millward on (01733) 330060 or email [email protected].

Councillor Matthew Lee, Cabinet Member for Community Services at the city council, said: “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. I hope together we can continue to build on its undoubted success.”

To enter the Great Eastern Run online, visit

Alternatively, from 15 February entry forms can be obtained from: Advanced Performance, Vitas Business Centre, Fengate, and from Peterborough Town Hall, the city council’s Bayard Place offices, Central Library and the Tourist Information Centre in Cathedral Precincts.

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