Thousands of people set off on the Great South Run in Portsmouth

Orange wave starts with their race at the Great South Run

Orange wave starts with their race at the Great South Run

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THOUSANDS of runners are now racing through the streets of Portsmouth.

The women’s elite runners have just set off at an incredible pace marking the start of the Morrisons Great South Run.

It is the 25th year the race has been staged in Portsmouth and around 20,000 runners are warming up at Clarence Esplanade, Southsea for what is widely considered to be one of the best 10 mile flat races in the world.

Great South Run favourite Jo Pavey, European 10,000m champion and 2012 Great South Run winner, has already set off.

And now there is a ripple of excitement going through the crowds as the elite men set off from the starting blocks.

Just behind them are the thousands in the orange wave who set off just moments ago.

Thousands of runners have begun their race through Portsmouth

Thousands of runners have begun their race through Portsmouth

White wave is next followed shortly afterwards by the green wave at 11.05am.

There are some famous faces in running vests sailor, including Iain Percy OBE and Emmerdale’s Chris Chittell.

Along the way they will take in Old Portsmouth and the Historic Dockyard including icons HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose Museum.

But it’s the dreaded last mile as they turn from Henderson Road onto the seafront and fight against the wind which will prove the toughest stretch.

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