Race organiser: ‘One of the best events ever’

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THE 23rd Great South Run proved to be a record-breaker in more ways than one.

A whopping 25,000 people gave it their all in yesterday’s 10-mile race.

And those running for charity are predicted to raise a staggering £3m – up on an already impressive £2.5m raised by race-goers who took part in last year’s event.

For race director Colin Goater this year’s Great South Run was among the best in his more than two decades of experience.

He said: ‘It’s fantastic, one of the best.’

Colin added: ‘We had 25,000 entries.

‘It will be interesting to see how many we get as finishers, it’s never quite as many.

‘But it went off well, the organisation stood up to it all really.

‘The first one I organised had 2,000 runners and here we are with something like 11 times the size.

‘It was an enjoyable event but it’s even more enjoyable now.’

Race-goers travelled from all over the world to take part in the event.

The run saw elite athletes, charity runners and some taking part for the first time share the experience.