They’re ready to race in Portsmouth’s Great South Run

More than 20,000 people are expected to take part in today's Great South Run     Picture: Malcolm Wells (143011-4839)
More than 20,000 people are expected to take part in today's Great South Run Picture: Malcolm Wells (143011-4839)

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THEY’VE put in months of training through rain and shine and now the big day has arrived.

More than 20,000 runners are set to pound the pavement today in the Morrisons Great South Run in Portsmouth.

Elite women will be the first to start racing at 10.15am.

The elite men will start at 10.35am, followed by non-elite runners.

Famous faces joining the masses will include champion sailor Iain Percy and Emmerdale’s Chris Chittell.

As usual, the course will start and finish in Southsea’s Clarence Esplanade and weave its way through the city, passing HMS Victory, the Spinnaker Tower and Portsmouth Cathedral.

The Great South Run weekend started yesterday with a 5km run and juniors’ event.

Keep an eye on The News website or follow @portsmouthnews, @elise_brewerton and @stu700 on Twitter for updates throughout the day.