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PARKINSON’S UK has invited runners who missed out on a spot in this year’s Great South Run to run for the charity.

All public places for the eveny, in Southsea, have been filled which means the only way to take part is by running for a charity.

Parkinson’s UK has a limited number of spaces left for the 10-mile race, which is on October 30.

Director of fundraising at Parkinson’s UK Paul Jackson-Clark said: ‘We would love to hear from anyone who would like to run.

‘Without the help and dedication of our fundraisers our vital work would not be possible.’

Mark Starkings, 39, has already signed up to run for Parkinson’s and is well into his training routine.

His mother was diagnosed with the disease four years ago and he is urging people to come forward and run for the charity.

He said: ‘I wanted to take part to help raise funds for people like my mum.’

‘I’m thinking about joining a local running group so I can train with like-minded people and get fit in time for the big race.’

Registration costs £25 and closes on September 19. The charity is asking that runners raise at least £250 in sponsorship. For more information visit or call 0207 9321314.