City’s got a great chance to shine on national stage

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Next Sunday, thousands of people will be nervously lined-up on Southsea seafront, preparing for the off in this year’s Great South Run.

Among then is the Rev Alex Hughes and his wife Sarah.

Despite not being regular runners, they’re ready to take on the challenge of 10 miles pounding the streets.

And it’s all in a good cause. They are raising money for two charities close to their hearts, The Tom Prince Cancer Trust and the Meningitis Trust.

Both will benefit, no doubt, from people’s generosity.

And the Hugheses typify one of the best things about the Great South Run.

For many people, it’s not about PBs and fast times.

It’s about getting around the course in one piece and raising some money for charity in the process.

And it’s a spectacle of which residents of the city should be proud.

It’s a showcase for all we have to offer, taking in the seafront, the Historic Dockyard and more.

The runners get an up-close look at most of it on the route round, but it’s also a chance to impress the visiting friends and family with a proper Pompey welcome.

There will be tens of thousands of them lining the route all the way round.

And not only that, the race is being screened live on Channel 5 so it gives the city a chance to shine on a national scale.

So let’s make it the best ever run for those taking part.

Get out there on to the course and cheer.

It really can help to make a difference to those runners taking part.

Whether you’re a seasoned athlete confidently tapering your training before the big day, or a first-timer worried if you’ll make it, enjoy your last few days before the run.

Once you’ve taken part, you’ll never forget it.