‘TOUCHLINE’ Tony Male is as much a fixture at the Great South Run as he is at Fratton Park.
Tony, who is a compere at Pompey, is also an avid charity runner and has taken part in 22 of the 24 Great South Runs – and is looking forward to running in the 25th anniversary event this October.
He said: ‘This will be my 23rd time running the Great South Run.
‘It’s a great run and has been described as the best 10-mile race in the world.
‘Each year I run for a different charity, and this year I will be running for The Rowans Hospice.
‘Last year, former Portsmouth FC player Lee Bradbury and I ran for Help for Heroes and we raised around £1,800.
‘I think with all the different charities that I have supported over the years, I have raised over £100,000.’
This year is the 25th anniversary of the Great South Run and to commemorate the celebrations The News are asking for your Great South Run experiences.
We are looking for participants’ best times and most memorable moments throughout the previous races.
The course is known for the challenging wind conditions, especially in the last mile.
But encouragement from the vocal crowd can provide a welcome boost.
Tony added: ‘The course can be tough at times, especially when the wind is in your back and then in your face.
‘It’s times like these that you need the crowd, which every year gets bigger and better, to keep you going to get you over that finish line.’
The Great South Run attracts elite athletes and celebrities every year.
Tony said: ‘Meeting the celebrities and elite athletes is a fantastic opportunity and I have made close friends with some of them. One of whom is Jo Pavey. She is my hero, a fantastic runner and I take a lot of inspiration from her. I have also had the pleasure to meet Mo Farah, Harry Redknapp and Portsmouth hero Linvoy Primus.’
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