THE Great South Run has gone from strength to strength, and now organisers say Portsmouth will take centre stage when it celebrates 25 years of hosting the race next year.
This year around 25,000 people took to the streets of Portsmouth for the 10-mile route.
And although it was the 25th anniversary of the event, 2015 will mark 25 years that the run has been held in Portsmouth as the first was held in Southampton.
David Hart, communications director at organisers Nova International said: ‘We celebrated the 25th staging of the Bupa Great South Run in true style with Commonwealth, European and world champions leading thousands of runners and walkers through the 10-mile course.
‘Every year the crowds get bigger and bigger, we’ve had lots of comments on social media about the brilliant Portsmouth public.
‘The number of people coming out of their houses and lining the course gave runners support and a much-needed burst of energy, especially on the final two miles.
‘The event has grown from a couple of thousand people down the road in Southampton to 25,000 people in Portsmouth.
‘It’s now attracting runners from the UK and beyond, and we couldn’t have done it without the fantastic support of Portsmouth City Council.
‘Next year will probably be the biggest event to date, as we celebrate our 25th year in the city.
‘Entries are open now so don’t miss out.’
City council leader Donna Jones said: ‘The Great South Run is one of Portsmouth’s biggest events that puts us on the international stage. It is televised internationally and attracts runners from over the world.
‘It’s a landmark event for us and I’m looking forward to working with Nova International to make sure we commemorate the 25th anniversary of the Portsmouth Great South Run.
‘It would be good to have a theme and incorporate the history of Portsmouth in this.
‘We need to get our heads together and make sure the anniversary doesn’t go unnoticed.’
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