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Runners of all abilities are continuing to take advantage of free training sessions ahead of this year’s Perkins Great Eastern Run… including ESP’s very own Mikey Clarke.

The city’s half marathon and fun run takes place at The Embankment on Sunday October 13 and organisers have been offering the opportunity to train for free since July, following the reburbishment of Peterborough Embankment Athletics Track on Bishops Road.


Mikey says: “All help with training is useful and helps keep you motivated. I’m trying to keep focussed and I’m looking forward to raising cash for Arthritis Research UK.”

The fortnightly sessions are led by experienced runners and coaches from Peterborough’s leading local running clubs and are overseen by fully qualified UK Athletics endurance coaches. Training starts with a warm-up at 7pm and will last between 30 and 90 minutes depending on ability.

The training evenings are suitable for people of all levels of fitness and experience with runners split into groups that reflect their ability. Advice on progressing training away from the fortnightly sessions will also be available along with advice on the correct running shoes, injury prevention and nutrition.

Tim Cook, chairman of the Greater Peterborough Athletics Network, said: “We have been helping dozens of runners of all abilities get fit since July and more new faces are turning up every session. People new to running the half marathon and who are just starting their training will really reap the benefits.

“There is no need to book and the sessions attract everyone, from those who are just starting, to competitors who have been running for years. It is a no pressure environment and people attending will get excellent help and advice from experienced runners and coaches from all the running clubs in Peterborough.”

Annette Joyce, Head of Commercial Operations for Peterborough City Council, said: “We have had hundreds of runners enter the race for the first time and lots of them have been attending the free training evenings. The sessions are excellent and runners are in the best company with the calibre of coaches we have leading the runs.

“I cannot recommend attending the training sessions enough. They provide invaluable support and guidance and previous feedback from participants has always highlighted how motivated and focused the sessions have made them feel.”

The remaining free training dates (Wednesdays at 7pm) are:

21 August

4 September

18 September

2 October

More information about training can be found here

Entry to the half marathon or fun run can be made online at or by post or in person at the Visitor Information Centre, 9 Bridge Street, Peterborough PE1 1HJ.

You can also follow the latest developments on Twitter @PerkinsGER and Facebook


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