Great Eastern Run

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Booked 3 times in the last week
£10 - £36


Booked 3 times in the last week
Take on the Great Eastern Run for a fantastic challenge, offering a flat and fast course this is a perfect event for those looking to smash a PB. This fully-closed road Half Marathon or 5k Fun Run is a great celebration of running so come along to get involved. All abilities are welcome!
5k Fun Run, Wheelchair Half Marathon and Half Marathon
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9:00am Sun 15th Oct 2023 - 10:30am Sun 15th Oct 2023
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Peterborough, United Kingdom
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Where and when
The Embankment, Peterborough PE2 8TY, UK
Start times
9:00am Sun 15th Oct 2023
5k Fun Run:
10:30am Sun 15th Oct 2023
Half Marathon:
10:25am Sun 15th Oct 2023
Wheelchair Half Marathon:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Great Eastern Run
5k Fun Run
£10 - £16
Half Marathon
£34 - £36
Wheelchair Half Marathon
£34 - £36
Route information
Terrain: Closed roads
Elevation Flat course
The start and finish will be located at the Embankment in Peterborough city centre.
Both the half marathon and 5k routes will be entirely in the city centre and along closed roads.
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What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Chip-timed results
  • Post-Race refreshments
  • Race pacers
  • Water stations
  • Pre-race warm-up
  • Medical support
  • Event village
How to get there
The Embankment, Peterborough PE2 8TY, UK
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There will be plenty of parking options in Peterborough town centre. Please take into consideration that there will be some road closures in place for this event.
Further parking information will be sent out in the participant race guide, closer to the event.
Event day logistics
07:30 Registration opens
09:00 5k Fun Run starts
10:25 Wheelchair half marathon starts
10:30 Half marathon starts
Race Packs
Information about race packs will be communicated to participants closer to the event.
Age Requirements
  • Half Marathon: Entrants must be 17 years of age or older on race day
  • 5k: Entrants must be 4 years of age on race day, any entrants under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a responsible adult.
There is a cutoff time of 3hrs 30minutes to ensure that the organiser can reopen all roads on time.
Water Stations
This will be a sustainable event, meaning that there will be no one-use plastic for water. Participants are asked to bring their own sustainable/ refillable bottles which they can fill up at the water stations.
In-ear headphones are banned from the race. Bone-conducting headphones are permitted so long as you can still hear marshal instructions clearly.
There will be a team of paces that will pace you to the following finish times:
  • 1hr 30mins
  • 1hr 40mins
  • 1hr 50mins
  • 2hrs
  • 2hrs 10mins
  • 2hrs 20mins
  • 2hrs 30mins
  • 2hrs 45mins
Elite Entries
There are elite places available for the following runners:
  • Men: Who have run sub-70mins Half Marathon
  • Women: Who have run sub-80mins Half Marathon
To get an elite space please email:
Spectator Info
This route will go right through the centre of Peterborough making it a great event for spectators to come out and support all participants.
Are there any age requirements for the Great Eastern Run?
Yes, participants for the half marathon must be at least 17 years old. Children as young as 4 can take part in the 5k Fun Run but children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.
Can I run with headphones at the Great Eastern Run?
In-ear and over-ear headphones are not allowed. However, you may wear bone-conducting headphones instead. Any runners wearing non-bone conduction headphones/earphones will be disqualified.
Can I take part in the Great Eastern Run in a day wheelchair?
Absolutely. All wheelchair athletes will start in a separate wave in the interest of participant safety.
Run with a dog or run with a buggy at the Great Eastern Run?
Dogs, bab joggers, nordic poles and bicycles are not permitted on the course, this race is insured by UK Athletics so it must run in accordance with their rules.
38 reviews
Did the race in 2022
Poorly thought through use of combined start & finish for fun run and half. Very, very poor to keep the half runners waiting so long. "Goody bag" absolutely nothing compared to previous years, but oh well. Course is great if it's the right length. Very well supported. Organisers need to do a lot better on the day next time.
Did the race in 2022
There was a delay, which obviously couldn’t be helped, but information was not passed to runners. The PA system was so quiet you could not hear anything they said unless you were very close to them. So once at the start line we waited for a very long time not knowing what was going on
Did the race in 2022
really poor communication regarding the race delay at the start, terrible goodie bag. no water at the finish area, short course,, no t shirt, poor generic medal, positives were the amazing crowd support and having plenty of water station on the course.
Did the race in 2022
Terrible start to a race, 50 minutes late with little to no explanation along the way. When finally allowed in to the starting pens there was zero updates. My carefully planned breakfast, warm up and toilet was completely out of the window due to the hugely delayed start. Good course in terms of potential for PB, brilliant support from the city all along the route. Great to have the pacers, Martin and his team mate for the 1:30 finish time, they were brilliant! Very disappointing that there was only water at the feed stations, fuel was needed when there’s such a delay in the start. Terrible good bags, really shouldn’t have bothered. Very average medal and ridiculously expensive race photos. Would have preferred no goody bag and free race photos which are normally available for free at most races. I’d only bother to race this again as it’s my most local 1/2 but if the next years is anything like this myself and many others would be put off for good!
Did the race in 2022
Fast course with brilliant support, organisation a complete shambles!Completely unacceptable 50 minutes delay to the start at late notice & the course was probably short, goody bag may as well have been an empty plastic bag. On the positive side the crowd support was superb
Did the race in 2022
I travelled from Ipswich to Peterborough in 2019, which was postponed on the day after three delays. On Sunday, when there were delays announced, my heart sank and I feared a repeat. This was a shambles, and it is something that messes with people trying to fuel properly prior to running. This was the main event, the showpiece, but reduced to a farce. Not sure I would travel the 100 miles again to get there. The marshalls did a grand job however, well done and thanks to them.Also, no tee shirt, not good.
Did the race in 2022
Absolutely brilliant everything from the route, course marshals, water station stops and especially the Pacers, with a special mention for the 2hr 20 female Pacers who even hung around to get as many over the line as possible. Looking forward to next year. Thanks for putting on such an amazing experience. Xxx
Did the race in 2022
Poor communication on delayed start. Enjoyed the race, although disappointed the distance fell short of 13.1 miles on my watch. The support round the course was fantastic.Water bottles with lids were a waste. Smaller paper cups would have been better. Goody bag was unbelievably disappointing and poor.Very expensive not to have race t-shirt included compared to other races.
Did the race in 2022
Expensive - disappointing not to receive t short/bagLate startShort courseGood atmosphere at start/end and throughout courseNumber could have had detachable strip to attach to bag safe time. Finish pen was too small and crowded. Glad GER is back but it felt as though corners had been cut
Did the race in 2022
The parking was a bit of a nightmare due to the road closures and by all means this is not a flat course..... really enjoyed the course though and the atmosphere was amazing.... would definitely do this race again.
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