Athletes gather in Portsmouth ahead of Great South Run

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RACE fever continues to grip Portsmouth as Sunday’s eagerly anticipated Great South Run approaches.

A breathtaking roster of some of the most talented long distance runners on the planet gathered on board the Cap Finistere cruise ferry today (Friday) to talk about their hopes for the ten mile spectacle.

GETTING READY Some of the atletes gather ahead of Sunday's Great South Run

GETTING READY Some of the atletes gather ahead of Sunday's Great South Run

They were two-time and reigning World Marathon champion Abel Kirui, marathon specialist Irene Jerotich, 10k world record holder Leonard Komon, 2010 European 10,000m silver medallist Chris Thompson, 2010 English national ten mile champion Scott Overall and Hampshire’s Charlotte Purdue, 2010 European junior cross country champion.

Irene Jerotich said she was happy to be racing in Portsmouth and wished her fellow runners the best .

Chris Thompson, who has recovered from injury that kept him out of the World Championships, said he was looking forward to the run.

Speaking with The News,Abel Kirui, who has already been selected for the Kenyan Olympic marathon team, said it is his first time in Portsmouth and has been told the race conditions will be suitable for competition on the day.

Scott Overall will be taking part in his third Great South Run on Sunday and hopes to finish in the top four.

He said: ‘I’ve competed in the Berlin Marathon and my legs are not as fresh as I’d like for it.

‘But the race is quite picturesque along the coast and it has a tendency to be quite windy.’

Pompey legend Linvoy Primus has been training since Christmas to take part in the race with 20 former footballers, supporters and club staff in aid of charity Faith for Football.

He said: ‘I have a nervous excitement.

‘I have not run this distance before and watching the London Marathon I always thought I wouldn’t mind doing that.’

Linvoy also said he will wear a Pompey shirt along the route, adding: ‘I will be wearing that badge with pride.’