MORE than 100 children sprinted through Guildhall Square to mark the start of the Great South Run weekend.
Year 7 pupils from secondary schools across the area took part in the Great School Sprint on a pop-up athletics track, which was in Portsmouth city centre.
The fastest boy was Darious Gates from Mayfield School in North End and the fastest girl was Jo Ashley Francis, from Brune Park School in Gosport.
They will both represent the south at the Great School Sprint National Final in Manchester in 2016.
European 4x100m champion 2014 Harry Aikines-Aryeetey was there to inspire youngsters and to lead them through a masterclass.
Charlotte Allan is the special projects executive for the Great Run.
She said: ‘The winners get the experience of running on the same track as athletes.
‘If everyone is excited about the Great South Run then hopefully it will encourage more children to take up running.’