Can’t manage 10 miles? Here’s a shorter version of the Great South Run

ON THE MOVE Runners in last year's Great South Run
ON THE MOVE Runners in last year's Great South Run
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IF YOU’VE ever wanted to take part in the Great South Run but felt you weren’t up to the challenge, a new race might hold the answer.

With the hugely popular 10-mile event’s 24,000 places filled weeks ago, organisers have announced a five kilometre run aimed at younger people, beginners, or those put off by the longer race.

Thousands of runners have been given the chance to follow a shorter course starting from Southsea seafront on Saturday, October 29.

Those in charge said it will be the first time they have staged a 5k run and hope it will attract more than 2,000 participants.

David Hart, communications director of race organisers Nova which is working with Portsmouth City Council, said: ‘The 5k distance on a very flat course around Southsea will be a perfect first step for runners, who will hopefully use it to progress to the 10-mile distance in the future.’

He added: ‘Having reached capacity for the Great South Run five months ahead of the event, we want to offer the opportunity for more people to get involved in a fantastic weekend of running.’

Believed to be the world’s most popular 10-mile road race, the 22nd Bupa Great South Run is on Sunday, October 30 – the day after the new 5k event and the Junior and Mini Great South Runs.

Councillor Lee Hunt, the council member in charge of sport and leisure, said he fully supported the addition of a new shorter race.

‘It’s a great initiative and I’m sure it will be well received,’ he said.

‘As well as helping to get even more people fit and active, it should lead to more families making a weekend of it in Portsmouth and will allow them to discover more about what our wonderful city has to offer.’

Entries are open to runners aged more than 14 years old and will cost £20.

For more details visit greatrun.org