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Claim of suspicious activity which saw road race called off was reported in good faith, say police



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The 'suspicious activity' that cancelled this morning's Great Eastern Run in Peterborough is now thought to have been harmless, police have said.

The half marathon race, which attracted more than 3,000 runners - dozens of them from Fenland - was called off on the start line at 11am.

Police had been called to reports of a man acting suspiciously at mile 11 of the 13.1 mile course, but at 2.45pm today they issued a statement that said: "Following a comprehensive investigation it is believed that the witness was acting in good faith but has misinterpreted what was seen."

Many of runners the runners due to take part in the run through the streets of Peterborough were from the Fenland area. For many people the event is the culmination of a lot of training and fundraising for good causes.

Following an announcement that the race was being delayed because of an incident on the route, it was then announced that the organisers had to cancel it.

Organisers have since announced that runners will be contacted with the option of receiving a refund, or deferring their place to next year.

The Great Eastern Run was cancelled at the last minute.Photo: Terry Harris (19222157)
The Great Eastern Run was cancelled at the last minute.Photo: Terry Harris (19222157)

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