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FORMER Olympic athlete Iwan Thomas took to the running track at Mountbatten Centre today ahead of the Great South Run.

The 39-year-old was at the athletics track with his team of 10 who will be running the 10-mile run with him in October.

RUNNER Iwan Thomas

RUNNER Iwan Thomas

Iwan has ran the Great South Run for the last five years but this year there’s a twist.

He is challenging Mel C, the former Spice Girl, to see who can raise the most money for charity in their respective run.

He said: ‘Mel C is running the Great North Run so we have decided to challenge each other to find out which region is most generous.

‘I have met my team of ten today who applied to run with me through the internet. So today is about meeting them.’