An event that we can all be truly proud to support

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Once again, it was a tremendous weekend that married feats of athleticism with inspirational efforts from young and old alike.

Some of them may not have been that impressive on the clock, but the determination and pride of all those who took part was nothing short of humbling to see in the flesh.

What began as a local road race is now, in its 25th year, a world-class event that attracts top athletes who love the fast, flat, scenic course.

But of course the Great South Run is about so much more than the elite runners.

Take a look at the pictures in The News today to see just how many people gave it their all.

And be sure to pick up a copy tomorrow when we will publish the names of all of those who took part.

Some of them were in it to beat their own personal goals, or be in for a shot at a top finish time.

But for many others the reasons were much more personal.

Take determined Billy and Leah Hill for example, aged just six and eight.

They took part in the mini race on Saturday even though they have to use walkers to get around due to their cerebral palsy.

With the help of their parents they made it across the finish line, to rapturous applause.

For them and others, just making it to the finish line was an achievement.

Of course some people thought they would make the race harder for themselves with some weird and wonderful costumes – we’ve spotted a Stormtrooper, Darth Vader, a gingerbread man and a shoe in among the wacky costumes so far.

Credit is also due to the non-runners who took time to line the race and cheer on those taking part.

We’re sure the extra support made those pounding the streets feel even more determined.

Well done to the council and the organisers for keeping up this event that showcases all that is good about our city.

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