Free places on offer for Great South Run

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HUNDREDS of first-time runners are being offered free race places for this year’s Great South Run.

Organisers Bupa came up with the idea in order to inspire more people to become physically active.

The 5km run takes place on Saturday, October, and the free race places are being targeted specifically at first time runners of all abilities.

Regular runners are also being encouraged to sign up friends and family members who have previously spoken about their desire to start running to inspire them to get started.

Paula Franklin, Bupa medical director, said: ‘Running can have a very positive effect on both your physical and emotional health.

‘We really want to encourage as many people as possible to try running, as lots of people experience great joy and reward from it.

‘A 5km event can be a great place to start. There is no pressure to run and those who prefer, can walk some or the entire race.’

To register, visit bupa.co.uk/myfirstrun.