MORE than 1,600 people have already entered the Perkins Great Eastern Run in Peterborough, an increase of 45 per cent compared to last year.
One of the reasons behind the rise is the large number of new entrants taking part in the 2012 race.
Organisers have received over 900 entries from competitors that will be taking part for the first time. The rise in popularity is in part down to the race’s improved status for 2012.
The race was rated as one of the top ten half marathons in the UK last year and was awarded runbritain Grand Prix status. The series is run over five races and has a combined prize fund of more than £55,000. The Perkins Great Eastern Run will be the final race of the 2012 series.
This year will also see a change to the course with entrants starting and finishing on the city’s Embankment. Another new addition is that the half marathon will pass through the Perkins factory site for the first time.
Annette Joyce, race director at Peterborough City Council, said: “This could be the biggest Perkins Great Eastern Run ever. A new course and runbritain Grand Prix status has led to the added interest in what is already a great event for the city. We’ve also seen an increase in the number of sponsors backing the race with Barclays, Virgin Active and Marriott Hotels coming on board this year.”
For more information about the Perkins Great Eastern Run 2012, to enter and to keep up to date with all the latest race news and training tips, visit www.perkinsgreateasternrun.co.uk or call 01733-207207.