Nearly 14,000 runners took part in the Great South Run in the main 10 mile race on Sunday. Junior events took place on the Saturday. This was the 25th year the run had been staged in Portsmouth. This iconic race, the only 10 mile event to have an IAAF Gold Label status in the world, is renouned for being fast and flat.
The elite women started at 10:15am followed at 10:40am by the elite men, fast club runners and the orange wave, followed by the white wave and green wave at 15 minute intervals to avoid congestion on the course.
The race began on the seafront at Southsea and headed towards Portsmouth with the Spinnaker Tower ahead. At 2 miles we entered Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, passing the hull of the Mary Rose and HMS Victory. This road race passes many historic buildings including Portsmouth War Memorial, Portsmouth Cathedral and the Mayfair Chinese restaurant where, in 1925, the actor and comedian Peter Sellers was born. There were also live bands on the route such as the Rose and Thistle Pipe Band, Old Thumper Dixie, Sounds of Steel and the Batala Drums who were still drumming with much enthusiasm even as the slowest runners were finishing.
All runners received a finishers t-shirt, goody bag and medal. Malvern Joggers competing were Julie Caseley (1:20:19 – 6th FV55-59 out of 271), Derek Goodman (1:32:08) and Julian Millinchamp (1:42:51). Julie