Record-breaking year for Great South Run

PACKED Runners at last year's Great South Run
PACKED Runners at last year's Great South Run

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A RECORD-breaking number of people are gearing up to pound the streets of Portsmouth.

There are only 400 places left for this year’s Great South Run, which is sponsored by Bupa.

And for the first time ever, the 10-mile course has 25,000 places.

This is an increase on last year’s 24,000 – making it the biggest run in its 22-year history.

The run takes place on October 28, and people can also choose a 5km route.

But organisers are advising people to reserve their place as soon as possible, before all are taken.

David Hart, of Great South Run organisers Nova, said: ‘The run has been growing over the years and this year we have got the biggest number of entrants ever.

‘There are some 400 places left and we’re anticipating they will be filled in the next few days.

‘Local people who want to get involved – then now is the time.

‘If they leave it until next week they will be disappointed.

‘This event started in 1990 so it now has history. Portsmouth is blessed with a completely flat 10-mile route.

‘The route takes you through the Historic Dockyard and along the seafront and so you get great views of the Isle of Wight.

‘Portsmouth provides a spectacular backdrop and people come from all over the country to take part.’

Taking part for the 21st time will be Portsmouth Football Club compere Tony Male.

And joining him will be Pompey legend Linvoy Primus.

Former footballer Tony said: ‘Apart from the first year I have taken part in all the runs.

‘I had to stop playing football because of a knee injury and the only way I could keep fit was jogging.

‘Each year the number of people taking part in the run has got bigger.

‘There’s always a great atmosphere and support from people.

‘I have to say that each year my finish time gets longer, but I still love taking part.’

Tony will be raising money for the Faith and Football charity.

To enter the Great South Run, or for more information, go to greatrun.org.