Great South Run organisers set a postcode challenge

The Bupa Great South Run 2013

The Bupa Great South Run 2013

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IS FRATTON faster than Farlington? Is Southsea speedier than Stubbington? And is Leigh Park leggier than Lee-on-the-Solent?

Now participants of the Great South Run can find out.

Organisers of the race are launching the Great South Run Postcode Challenge which will be able to tell what postcode is the fastest of them all.

With data gathered from the race, Nova International will be able to find what area the fastest female or male competitor is from as well as which postcode had, on average, the quickest runners.

The data can also be stretched to Chichester and Southampton to see which city has the fastest participants. David Hart, communications director for the firm which runs the 10-mile race, said: ‘This year we have decided to launch our Great South Run Postcode Challenge.

‘Within the finish times for the race, we can see which postcodes have done best.

‘For example we can have all the Portsmouth postcodes and find out who the fastest runner was or we can even compare Portsmouth with the Isle of Wight to see who came out on top.’

Mr Hart added that they liked to localise the race, which has become an international date on the calendar.

‘The Great South Run has become an iconic event,’ he said.

‘But it is always good to have a little bit of a local interest. With all the competitive runners taking part, it always nice for the other people doing it to see how their neighbours did.

‘But we can do more than just compare the postcodes. We will be able to work out the average time for men in a postcode, the average time for women in a city.

‘There are so many possibilities with the data.’

The data will be gathered by chips on the runners.

To mark its 25th anniversary, the Great South Run is also launching its Business Challenge.

Small, medium and large businesses can enter and it will combine their four fastest racers to get and average time.

The winners get a trophy.

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