Entries now open for the PGER 2017

Entries now open for the PGER 2017

This year’s Perkins Great Eastern Run promises to be the biggest ever with more than 1,600 people already pre-registered for the race which takes place in Peterborough, UK, on Sunday October 8, 2017.

2016 saw the highest turnout of runners in the history of the Peterborough City Council-organised race. A total of 4,262 runners ran the half marathon and 1,257 people took part in the Anna’s Hope 5km Fun Run.

The event had the strongest-ever representation from elite runners. One of the fastest UK half marathons, runners came from all over the country and, indeed, the world, with entries from USA, the Netherlands, Italy and France. The wheelchair race had six entrants.

More than 1,500 runners have already registered their interest for the race on the back of a great 2016.
Councillor Janet Goodwin, Peterborough City Council's cabinet member for city centre management, culture and tourism

"We had tremendous support from the Peterborough public last year, resulting in record race entry numbers and a fantastic atmosphere all around the course.

"Whether you’ve run the race before, or this will be your first ever half marathon, we hope to see you on the start line of the Perkins Great Eastern Run this October."

The Perkins Great Eastern Run is famed for its fast, flat course that gives runners an excellent chance of a personal best.

Perkins has been the principal race sponsor since 2006 and the company’s continued support has seen the event build to the size it is today.

David Nicoll, Marketing Director at Perkins said: "The Perkins Great Eastern Run gets bigger and better every year and 2017 is on track to be another record year. As a company, we're very proud to sponsor this event. Since its return in 2006, the Perkins Great Eastern Run has become the largest road race in the East and year on year it brings the community together, both in terms of runners and those who turn out, regardless of the weather, to cheer the participants on.”

Runners welcome the high-quality goody bags that are given out at the finish line, which include a technical t-shirt, a commemorative medal and other running related treats.

It’s never too early to start training for the big day and from July runners can take advantage of the race’s free weekly training sessions that take place at the Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track.

The sessions cater for runners of all levels of fitness and experience and it’s an opportunity to meet race-day pacers who lead runners around the course at different times from start to finish.

For more information about training and to enter the race visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk