Thousands descend on city for Great South Run

AGAIN Runners in last year's Great South Run

AGAIN Runners in last year's Great South Run

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THOUSANDS of runners are heading to Portsmouth to take part in what is billed as the biggest Great South Run yet.

Elite athletes, fundraisers and celebrities are set to make up the 25,000 people expected to run the 10-mile course across the city today.

It starts outside the D-Day Museum, Clarence Esplanade, in Southsea, with the elite female runners starting at 10.15am.

The course will see runners take in some of Portsmouth’s most impressive sights.

That includes running through Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and past the Mary Rose Museum.

And the Band of HM Royal Marines are to perform in front of HMS Victory.

Organisers have advised runners to take extra precautions in the bad weather.

Kerry Simpson is from organiser Nova.

She said: ‘The great thing about the Great South Run is the mix of people taking part, you have the world champions to compete in the elite race, the club runners, the charity runners and first timers coming as well.

‘Everyone comes together to do this great event.’

Meanwhile, during the run a number of roads will be closed.

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