Perkins Great Eastern Run: the essentials

The assembly point for the half marathon, wheelchair race and Anna’s Hope Fun Run on 14 October is at the Embankment where all races start and finish. Fun Run competitors will move to the start line at approximately 9.45am for a 10am start. The wheelchair race will start at 10.25am and the half marathon at 10.30am. Please check the website for more detailed information, including times of prize presentations

There will be plenty of stalls, refreshments and a continental market for spectators to enjoy at the Embankment, with the city centre shopping area a five minute stroll away.

Keeping up the pace
The PGER takes place on a flat, fast course which means runners have a good chance of setting their best possible time. 2014 saw the introduction of race pacers and once again this year will be helping runners to achieve that goal on race day. Pacers will lead seven different target times ranging from one and a half hours finish time to two hours and forty five minutes. ● 1:30 (6.52 min/mile) ● 1:40 (7.38 min/mile) ● 1.50 (8.23 min/mile) ● 2.00 (9.09 min/mile) ● 2.10 (9.55 min/mile) ● 2.20 (10.41 min/mile) ● 2.30 (11.27 min/mile) ● Get you round – target pace 2.45 (12.35 min/mile)

Free PGER training sessions
If you are thinking about taking part in the 2018 Perkins Great Eastern Run but need a little extra help to get you prepared for the big race, then these free training evenings are for you. Runners of all abilities are welcome to attend the free training sessions that take place at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track. The training sessions have been organised by Advance Performance and are held in conjunction with experienced runners and coaches from local running clubs, who will lead the runs. Each training session begins at 7pm with a warm up. Runners will be divided according to level of fitness and aspirations before being taken for a training run. Free parking is available at the Regional Fitness and Swimming Centre car park and the athletics track has full changing and shower facilities. Training sessions take place on every other Wednesday from July. The dates are: ● 11 July ● 25 July ● 8 August ● 22 August ● 5 September ● 19 September ● 3 October

The Perkins Great Eastern Run has teamed up with Liz and Martin Yelling to offer runners the best available advice to help them train for and complete this year’s half marathon. Olympian long distance runner, Liz, ran the 2011 Perkins Great Eastern Run and set a new course record for a female runner, completing the course in 72mins 14secs. You’ll find the training tips – all compiled by Yelling Performance – free on the PGER website. ● If you have really got the running bug then you can enter the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2018 or Anna’s Hope 5km fun run, both on Sunday 14 October, on the Perkins Great Eastern Run website:

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