Alan comes in last but is happy to finish

30/10/2011 (NEWS)''The Great South Run took place in Southsea on Sunday 30th October 2011.''Pictured is: Alan Gibbs (43) from Bedhampton who was the last runner and was running in place of his girlfriend Lisa who is currently in hospital.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113862-6330)
30/10/2011 (NEWS)''The Great South Run took place in Southsea on Sunday 30th October 2011.''Pictured is: Alan Gibbs (43) from Bedhampton who was the last runner and was running in place of his girlfriend Lisa who is currently in hospital.''Picture: Sarah Standing (113862-6330)

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THE last man to cross the finish line of this year’s Great South Run was Alan Gibbs.

The 43-year-old from Bedhampton Hill, in Bedhampton, took three hours and four minutes to complete the 10-mile course.

He was running on behalf of Scope UK – the UK’s leading cerebral palsy charity – after being persuaded that it was a good idea by his fiance.

‘I had a month’s training and that’s it,’ he said.

‘My fiance Lisa talked me into it and was going to do it with me.

‘But then she couldn’t do it because she was suddenly taken into hospital.

‘Hopefully she’ll be out and about soon, but right now she is still there recovering in hospital, so I thought I would run the race in her honour. It doesn’t matter how long it took.’