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ARU Peterborough to sponsor Great Eastern Run

Published: 28 July 2022 at 10:14

Professor Ross Renton and Aaron Murrell

New University proud to support popular half marathon and fun run

ARU Peterborough is to be a key sponsor of the Great Eastern Run, which will take place in the City on 16 October.

The run’s half marathon and 5km route will pass by the newly opened University building on Bishop’s Road, phase 1 of the University Quarter development. 

Over 5,000 runners are expected to participate in the race which is being staged for the first time since 2018.  The route, which starts and finishes at the embankment, takes runners to the north of the City and Werrington. The course is the second flattest in the country and on closed roads, making it attractive to runners hoping for a fast time.

There is still time to enter the race and start training.  

Professor Ross Renton ARU Peterborough Principal said:

“Exercise plays an important role in positive mental health and wellbeing, so we are delighted to support the City by sponsoring the Great Eastern Run’s first staging after COVID. It is extra special that we can do this in the same year as we welcome our first students to the new Embankment site.”

“I am sure that amongst our first group of students and staff there will be some who will be inspired to train for, and run in, next year’s race. Many others will take advantage of the other sports and fitness activities on offer in the City.”


Aaron Murrell, Director for organisers Good Running Events, said:

“We are incredibly excited to have ARU Peterborough on board as one of the sponsors of the Great Eastern Run. The new University buildings are an additional and welcome landmark on the Great Eastern Run route – and we’ve been excited to see the new campus develop and thrive. Hopefully, they will also be the home of a generation of future participants.”


ARU Peterborough is a partnership between Anglia Ruskin University, the Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Combined Authority, and Peterborough City Council.

ARU Peterborough will open in September offering a wide range of courses from Business and Management, to Cybersecurity, to Engineering as well as a range of Degree Apprenticeships.

Places are still available to study at ARU Peterborough in September. In addition, a significant number of courses begin in January 2023. For more information, visit aru.ac.uk/Peterborough