There was a record turnout for the Great Eastern Run in Peterborough yesterday (Sunday, October 8).
And as well as a few familiar faces there were also plenty of new runners who gave the half marathon a go for the first time, as well as the 5k Anna’s Hope Fun Run.
Annette Joyce, service director for city services and communications at Peterborough City Council, said: “As well as being a record-breaking event in terms of entries (5,383 for the half marathon and 1,401 for the Anna’s Hope Fun Run), we also had a lot of new runners, over half of which had never run the course before.
“The weather was perfect for running and the sun was shining which attracted the crowds, many of which were visiting our city for the first time.
“I would like to thank our sponsors and the hundreds of volunteers, businesses and council staff who made this event such a success and once again put Peterborough firmly on the map. As well as all this, thousands of pounds have been raised for charities and local good causes.”
Carole Hughes, founder of Anna’s Hope, said: “This year the runners really put the fun into the fun run. There were families, teams form local businesses and schools and some amazing costumes including a parrot, rabbit, superheroes and fairies and of course Dinomite.
“The Anna’s Hope 5k Fun Run has grown over the years and become a great way to raise funds and awareness for local charities. I was amazed at the support we got from the local community and it was great to celebrate with them with some cake at the end of the run.”