Great Eastern run cancelled due to man 'acting suspiciously'

13 October 2019, 12:25 | Updated: 13 October 2019, 13:14

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By Asher McShane

The annual Great Eastern Run half marathon was cancelled on police advice minutes before its start after a man was spotted ‘acting suspiciously’ near the route.

Organisers of the race in Peterborough 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.”

We will contact runners next week to confirm the process for the full refund of entry fees, which will include the option to defer this year's entry for our 2020 PGER. We are disappointed, as we are sure you are. Thank you for your understanding.”

Peterborough police said: “We were called at 9:50am this morning with reports of a man acting suspiciously in Alexandra Road, Peterborough close to the route of the run. This information was passed to the race director who made the decision to cancel the race.”

The run was cancelled 30 minutes after its original start time "in the interests of safety", event organisers 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.

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