Great South Run champions tell of their joy at winning the race

Vivian Cheruiyot won the women's elite race at the Great South Run 2015

Vivian Cheruiyot won the women's elite race at the Great South Run 2015

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VIVIAN Cheruiyot obliterated the field to take the 2015 Morrisons Great South Run title.

The world champion kept her pre-race victory vow with an awesome display of front-running at Europe’s biggest 10 miler.

White wave on their race

White wave on their race

Chruiyot finished 1min 27sec in front of England’s Jo Pavey as she stormed home in 51.17 - just 17 seconds off the course record.

Pavey’s impressive 52.44 time gave her second spot in front of Doris Changeiywo (52.51) with Gemma Steel fourth (53.06).

The men’s race proved a closer affair but it was Ugandan Moses Kipsiro who emerged triumphant.

Kipsiro clocked a time of 46.00 to pick up victory ahead of Emmanuel Kipsang (46.08) and former Great South Run champion Emmanuel Bett (46.11).

The Morrisons Great South Run champions have now spoken of their delight at victory.

Champions Vivian Cheruiyot and Moses Kipsiro have paid tribute to the quality of the race and the support they were given by the thousands of supporters who lined the course.

Kipsiro said: ‘I’m so happy.

‘I enjoyed the race because of the weather and the course.

‘The support made a big difference, especially at the end.

‘I’ve had so much fun here and have loved the experience.’

Cheruiyot was pleased to deliver on her first visit to the city.

She said: ‘It’s been really nice.

‘It was my first time racing in Portsmouth and I really liked coming here.

‘A win in a very precious thing so to win a big event like this is something I’m very happy about.’

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