The Great South Run is firmly established as one of the sporting and social highlights of the year in Portsmouth.
It provides inspiration for not only thousands of athletes but also the huge crowds that turn out to cheer them on as they pound the streets of Southsea.
We asked readers to capture that inspiration in poetry and here is a selection of them:
I FEEL ‘GREAT’
Run like the wind
And think of your future,
Or think of their past;
God bless them all.
Like a free spirit,
You can run with it,
That you can run at all.
Run with a passion,
YOUR OWN WINNER.
To celebrate your achievement,
Yourself; one and all.
ON YOUR MARKS
Some athletes are swift, some are slow,
Each according to his own pace,
But all towards glory may go
To the rhythm to life’s great race,
Hearts of courage keep in time
With the triumphant city chime.
Some run ’gainst the clock, some for a cause,
Soul and flesh strive until the last;
Imagine now that cause is yours –
Give to that angel gliding past.
Rise to the test through rain or sun:
All who endure have surely won.
Some never touch the pathway wide,
Their heels do not hard miles feel,
Some see with the eyes of a guide,
Some triumph by turning a wheel;
To young and old, full-figured and slight,
The finishing line’s a stirring sight.
Now hot wheels have ceased spinning
And slow hands heavy boots unlace;
In dreams tonight athletes are winning
As they equal world record pace.
If you, like they, care to believe,
With will and strength you shall achieve.
Go carefully in life’s race, and true,
Whether you walk or move at speed,
Inspired to effort by the view;
So enter with hope, and succeed.
Who gains the medal can proudly say :
‘I was there. I did The Great South Way.’
GREAT SOUTH RUN
Before you begin, to enter in,
The Great South Run you will need.
To build up your strength,
To go the whole length.
And be, the best you can be.
Morrisons can help you there,
With healthy food and and drinks,
Plus! Vegetables, vitamins and good lean meats.
For strengthening bones, we all know,
Milk and yoghurt’s, care.
With calcium, it helps those joints
To cope with wear and tear.
But! Should you come unstuck,
With blisters on your feet.
Have no fear, Morrisons is here.
Plasters, painkillers, cream? Oh dear!
Be prepared, a step ahead.
You can be in the head.
With this advice to you I hope.
With this advice to you hope,
I have planted a winning seed.
Failing that, just have fun.
Make friends as you go,
Helping out the charities.
Being kind so-and-so’s.
I’ll be there to sponsor you,
and cheer you as you go by.
I’m too out of condition to even give it a try.
THE GREAT SOUTH RUN
Can I do it? Of course I can,
I’m good enough to run with anyone.
Once ‘I’m off’ I’ll just keep running,
I do hope the sun keeps shining.
One foot in front of the other,
that’s what they said,
I think I’d rather be in bed!
But if I did that, I’d never know,
what it was like to ‘have a go’.
Here is my chance to run the race,
So count me in, I’ll do my best.
In the Great South Race Run
Ready Steady Go!
POEM FOR THE GREAT SOUTH RUN
Run, run, run, join in the fun
It’s time to sign up for the Great South Run
You’ll enjoy the fresh air and sight of the sea
As you chase down the prom in sunny Southsea,
Don’t delay, come and play
Your part in this special day.
Mrs M Jennings
96 Portsmouth Road
THE GREAT SOUTH RUN
Come all ye brave hearts for the great south run
All ages are welcome, it is a lot of fun
Some people dress up in all kinds of gear
The great south run is for everyone, every year.
When you give up your time to join the run
You are someone special not just anyone
For all the good causes you can help on the day
You will have achieved in your own special way.
Let us hope on the day the weather’s not too bad
If the sun is shining you will be very glad
No one worries about a few spots of rain
You have the run before you will do it again.
Some folk run for fun and some to get thinner
In the great south run everyone’s a winner
From the first to the last the reason is the same
To join in and do it, it’s the name of the game.
Run, run, run as you hear the crowds cheer
These miles are behind you and the finish is near
As you see and feel those miles diminish
You can be in yourself when you see the finish.
Lower Wingfield Street
Many people will do the Great South Run.
Many people will do it for fun.
Many people will take pride.
Many people will look deep inside.
Many people will shine like a star
Many people will take it in turn.
Many people will come from near or far.
Many people standing strong and tall.
Many people excited by it all.
Many people like to achieve.
Many people need to believe.
Many people fight a good fight.
Many people see the light.
Many people want to know the truth.
Many people want to re-kindle their youth.
Many people will do it in memory of other
Many people will do it for their lovers
Many people do it because they can.
Many people stick to the plan.
Many people will do it in style
Many people understand.
Many people do it to show they care.
Many people shed a tear.
Many people want to be here.
Many people will be confident too.
Many people will see it through.
Many people will do it for a friend.
Many people will see it through to the end.
Many people are truly given.
Many people can be proud of the world we live in.
Many people the journey and adventure has begun.
Many hundreds and thousands will be doing the Great South Run.
GREAT SOUTH RUN
I’m doing the race this year,
So have had to lay off the beer,
But alas it keeps raining,
When I’m think of training,
And it seemed such a great idea.
A charity run oh what glee,
The joy at the finish I see,
Inspired by the chance,
Of those lives we’ll enhance,
If only my legs would agree.
GREAT SOUTH RUN CANCER POEM
today i saw you running
running for our lives
today i saw you fighting
fighting for our hearts
today is the day we smash the barriers down
today we take back what’s ours and stop looking down
today i take this cancer and show it what i’m worth
today i make these words into my own verse
today your not taking all our love ones trough
today is the day that we get rid of you
today is the day that I prove this to you
so cancer chase me as fast as you dare
because i brought my pink army to take you down right here
DO POMPEY PROUD
A call to arms to one and all,
Embarking on this feat so tall,
Great pride this city has in you,
With cheers of support so strong and true.
Your blood, your sweat, perhaps some tears,
But an achievement remembered for many years,
We’ll be behind you all the way,
On this YOUR glorious, magnificent day.
You’ll pound the streets of this fair place,
As you give your all for this great race,
But take some time to look around,
For much great beauty can be found.
The training’s done, the time is now,
To join the crowd, the rising swell,
The training’s done, the time is now,
Go forth brave friends – do Pompey proud.
THE GREATEST 10-MILER
You’re on the start line, wait for the gun,
Some run for records, some run for fun,
Every step, every breath, every pounding heart,
It’s not about winning, it’s about taking part.
Trainers on with your running vest,
Welcome to Portsmouth, at its welcoming best.
30,000 athletes, all running around,
The home of the Navy, where our sailors are found.
As you count down the miles, your legs feeling weak,
Can you get that personal best that you seek?
Mile ten, mile nine, mile eight, mile seven,
You see the sights of Portsmouth and you think it is heaven.
You’re past the half-way mark, not far to go,
The crowds cheer you on, the sea breezes blow.
One final push, the end is now near,
You’ve run past the landmark of Southsea pier.
The greatest 10-miler in race history,
Past Spinnaker Tower, and HMS Victory,
Run down the prom, view the Isle of Wight,
Get a great feeling, the finish in sight.
You’ve just crossed the line, you’ve achieved you goal,
You’ve given your all, your heart and your soul,
Now that it’s finished, you look back and say,
Thank you to Portsmouth for a fantastic day.
Excitement and readiness,
The runners are waiting,
Hearts are pulsating.
The crowd applaud,
The pulse of the drum.
Mark your way
Like a chameleon,
Through our historic streets.
Months of training,
Weeks of preparing
All aiming for your goals
The costumed Ballerina pauses,
As we give to the causes,
Money into her tin.
Through your pain,
Your feet are the sails
Running forth into the Solent breeze
Passing through our nautical vibe,
With precision and ease .
Modern life surrounds you
Becoming one blurred fascination,
As you focus
Towards a destination.
Heading to your dream,
You will score, you are winning,
The Pompey chimes are singing .
You pass Southsea Pier .
But you are not jaded .
Finishing line is near.
Wipe away your tear
The body aches
A steady pace
The winner of this race.
Sweat, and elation
As you pass the last station
Of water .
Cheering gets louder,
Shouting becomes faster
The winning line!
Clock the time!
How do you feel?
Is your reward .
PORTSMOUTH TO THE FORE
The Great South Run brings Portsmouth to the fore
All it has to offer and more and more
It’s beautiful beach and long esplanade
The green open spaces where picnics are made
There’s a skate park, and activities for kids
And plenty of cafes for the non-activist!
If you would like to see a proud smile on your loved one’s face
Dig deep inside yourself and enter the race
Along the way you can raise some cash – go on have a bash!
nearly everyone wants to achieve and have fun
Let this be your opportunity
ENTER THE GREAT SOUTH RUN.
RUNNING FOR OTHERS – INITIALLY
Right from the start
Under no illusion
Not deterred to take part
Now to complete to its conclusion
Inspired by their need
Next for support to appeal
Giving unreservedly is their creed
Others no longer alive
Recognising those seeking to survive
Opting to train
Through sunshine and rain
Hope –‘Springs Eternal’
Each seeking to obtain
Research monies – not personal fame
Saving lives their ultimate aim!