Great south fun: I had to spin discs because of slipped one

KIERAN HOWARD: Thanks very much for the hand, foot and mouth disease Louie

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I love everything about the Great South Run whether I’m a participant or a spectator.

This year a prolapsed disc ended any hope of running, but still wanting to be part of the day, I hosted the Wall of Sound at the nine-mile stage. The last mile is the hardest, so with jelly babies for sugar and inspirational tunes, I grabbed the mic to help with the final push.

It was great to see everyone go past, including fellow columnists Paul Bunker and Warren Hayden.

I don’t think a woman called Lucy was too pleased though. A shout of encouragement brought an up and down clenched fist gesture similar to Gareth Hunt’s in those Nescafe adverts from the 1980s.