Thousands of runners took the wet and windy conditions in their stride as personal bests were smashed, and huge amounts of money were raised, at the 2018 Perkins Great Eastern Run.
The hugely popular event, which Perkins has been sponsoring since 2006, brought together athletes and fun runners across three flagship races, the half-marathon, wheelchair race and Anna’s Hope 5 km fun run.
Despite the deluge, the enthusiasm of the crowds wasn’t dampened as they enjoyed a day of fun, with parties and entertainers helping create an electric atmosphere.
In the main men’s race, Lucian Allison made light work of the heavy rain to take the title in an impressive 65 minutes 27 seconds. It was an inspiring win for the relative novice, who only took up running three years ago. Last year’s winner, Tom Evans, who’s one of the world’s top ultra-distance athletes, had to settle for second place this time around in 66 minutes 21 seconds. Shane Robinson, meanwhile, smashed almost five minutes off his previous best to take third place in 66 minutes 32 seconds.
In the women’s race, first home was solicitor Amy Clements in 74 minutes 9 seconds, who finished in overall 39th place. Clara Evans took second spot in 76 minutes 2 seconds.
As always, runners and supporters at the event raised tens of thousands of pounds for local and national charities. Anna’s Hope, a local organisation dedicated to helping children with brain tumours, was the main beneficiary of the 5 km fun run, while a wide range of other charities also benefited from sponsorship and contributions.
Perkins is proud to be involved in such a feel-good community event that makes a meaningful difference to so many people.
Wherever Perkins is in the world, supporting local communities and charities is always a huge commitment for our teams. As a responsible manufacturing company, we’ll continue to put the local communities where we operate at the centre of our world.