Free women-only and mixed running training sessions are available for those tempted to take on the 2015 Perkins Great Eastern Run.
Peterborough City Council is making two different sessions available to encourage more people to take part in the half marathon and fun run and beat 2014's record entry of almost 7,000 runners.
Women-only sessions, with a female coach, will be held 10am until 11am on Wednesdays, starting 13 May 2015. Mixed training sessions will be held 7pm until 8pm on Thursdays, starting 14 May 2015. Each session will depart from and return to the Beehive Centre, Saint Martin's Street, Peterborough.
In 2014, 5,000 runners completed the Perkins Great Eastern Run. The city council wants to make sure everyone has an opportunity to train and enter the event. With so many new and growing communities in Peterborough, with people from different cultures and backgrounds, it is hoped these running training sessions will encourage keen runners and those interested in giving the event a go for the first time.
Annette Joyce, service director city services and communications, said: "We are rightly proud of the Perkins Great Eastern Run, it is widely regarded as one of the fastest half marathons in the country and thousands take part each year. The day each race finishes the preparations for next year's event starts. We are constantly improving the event and encouraging more participants from different backgrounds is a priority this year.
"We are organising these training sessions to encourage anyone from experienced runners to complete novices to give the race a go. It is always thrilling to see so many people run right through the city centre, but this year we want even more people to take part. If it has been a while since you brushed off those running shoes, get them out and give the run a go."
Adrian Talbot, Perkins' marketing centre of excellence manager, said: "Perkins is immensely proud to be associated with the Perkins Great Eastern Run, a sporting event that every year brings the Peterborough community together. Over the years many people have used the fun run to improve their fitness and raise funds for a charitable cause, and we’re aware of families who have come together to train for and complete the half marathon course.
"The run is a truly great event for the city and its residents and I’d encourage people to sign up for the free training sessions and get actively involved in this year's event."