Great Eastern Run set to be greater in 2008

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THIS year's Great Eastern Run will be a record breaker, with more people than ever pounding the streets of the city, organisers say.

THIS year's Great Eastern Run will be a record breaker, with more people than ever pounding the streets of the city, organisers say.It is hoped that Peterborough’s award-winning race, which will be held on Sunday, October 12, will become the biggest event of its kind in the region, and really put the city on the map.

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.

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

Organiser Kathleen McGrath said: “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.

“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.”

City council cabinet member for community services councillor Matthew Lee 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.

“I hope, together, we can continue to build on its undoubted success.”

Last year, a total of 2,285 people completed the half-marathon, which was sponsored by city-based company Perkins Engines, which will be sponsoring the event again this year.

The company’s marketing communications manager, Marion King, 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.”

Elinor Millward, a member of the fund-raising team at Sue Ryder Care’s Thorpe Hall Hospice, added: “It is a great opportunity for local people get fit while also raising money for local charities.

“The runners supporting Thorpe Hall last year raised more than 15,000 for patient care, which is fantastic, and will make a really positive difference.”

nTo join the Sue Ryder Care running team for 2008, call Elinor Millward on 01733 330060, or e-mail thorpefundraising@suerydercare. org

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