Tears of joy as exhausted Great South Run competitors conquer the elements

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TEARS of joy and pain were shed as the thousands of runners passed over the finishing line at the Great South Run.

Around 25,000 people set off to battle winds and a short burst of rain to get around the course.

Competitors cross the finish line in the Great South Run

Competitors cross the finish line in the Great South Run

St John Ambulance volunteers were on hand to help some runners over the finishing line.

Portsmouth resident Jason Zincki said after the run: ‘the last two miles were treacherous with the wind, I think the worst ever.’

Along with copious onesies and annual trickle of fancy dress-clad fundraisers were hundreds of tired faces reuniting with family and friends.

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