THE world’s most popular 10-mile run has been hailed as a huge success.
Thousands of friends, family members and other supporters flocked to Portsmouth to cheer on the more than 20,000 people who took part in today’s Great South Run.
Event spokesman David Hart said he was thrilled with the response to the run, which was the 25th time it had been held in Portsmouth.
Mr Hart said: ‘It has been fantastic.
‘Not too warm or windy and a fast and flat course – combined with a fantastic atmosphere on the streets of Portsmouth.
‘The crowds were absolutely huge and that’s one of the things that makes the Great South Run so special.
‘There were possibly more spectators out on the streets than ever before.’
Jo Pavey, 42, of Devon, set a new world record for the over-40s women of 00:52:44.
She was the second woman to finish, behind winner Vivian Cheruiyot, of Kenya, whose time was 00:51:17.
The first man to finish was Moses Kipsiro, of Uganda, who completed the course in 46:00:00.
It’s the 25th year of the Great South Run in Portsmouth and based on what we’ve seen here today, here’s to another 25 yearsDavid Hart, Great South Run spokesman
Mr Hart said: ‘There was a really high quality or runners and we feel the event just keeps getting better.’
Many competitors ran to raise money for charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Naomi House Children’s Hospice and Help For Heroes.
The race followed a 5km event and ‘Juniors and Minis’ Great South Run yesterday.
About 2,900 children and adult runners took part in yesterday’s events.
Mr Hart said that while a few participants had to be given first aid at the finish line, there were no medical emergencies.
The first Great South Run took place in Southampton in 1990 before moving to its current course the year afterwards.
Hr Hart said: ‘It’s the 25th year of the Great South Run in Portsmouth and based on what we’ve seen here today, here’s to another 25 years.’
Mr Hart said entries were now open for next year’s Great South Run and more than 300 people had already signed up to take part.
He said the first 1,000 people to sign up would get 25 per cent off the entry price.