THE Perkins Great Eastern Run half-marathon was due to take place today.
But event organisers cancelled it at the last minute.
Why was the Great Eastern Run 2019 cancelled in Peterborough?
Organisers cancelled the 30 minutes after its original start time “in the interests of safety”.
This followed reports of a “man acting suspiciously”, police have said.
Cambridgeshire Police said its officers were called at 9.50am to reports of a man acting suspiciously on Alexandra Road, close to the event’s route in Peterborough.
Police said information was passed to the race director who then decided to cancel the event.
The Great Eastern Run’s Twitter account said: “In the interest of safety for our participants we took the decision to cancel the half marathon half an hour after its original start time because of police information that a man was acting suspiciously close to the route.”
Will the Great Eastern Run 2019 half-marathon take place?
It looks like it won’t take place this year.
Organisers said runners will be contacted next week to “confirm the process for the full refund of entry fees”.
Thousands of people were expected to take part in the race, which was organised by Peterborough City Council and was due to start at 10.30am.
Those who were unable to take part can also defer their entry for the 2020 event, organisers said.
“We are disappointed, as we are sure you are. Thank you for your understanding,” the event organisers said in a Twitter post.
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What is the Great Eastern Run 2019?
The Perkins Great Eastern Run is a running event that takes place every year in Peterborough, United Kingdom, in mid-October.
The event returned in 2006 after a 10-year absence and is gaining popularity.
There are three races in the whole event, the half-marathon, a fun run and a wheelchair race.
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