Thousands flock to Southsea for start of Bupa Great South Run

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RACE fever gripped Portsmouth today as thousands of families descended upon the city for the start of the Bupa Great South Run.

Youngsters and less experienced runners took on the mini, junior and 5k events ahead of the world’s leading 10-mile race tomorrow.

It is estimated that £3m will be raised for more than 100 different charities over the weekend, smashing last year’s £2.5m total.

A funfair and food stalls are on offer for spectators on Southsea’s Castle Field.

Rob Campbell, 44, of Clarence Road, Southsea, turned up to watch his son Aaron, 10, compete in the junior race in aid of Diabetes UK.

Mr Campbell said: ‘This is the first time he’s competed in the Bupa Great South Run.

‘It’s been a fantastic day out. The atmosphere is great and it’s nice to see Portsmouth being put on the map.’