Thousands complete the Great South Run

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ARMS have been raised in triumph as the majority of this year’s Bupa Great South Run’s participants cross the finish line.

More than 24,000 people took to the city’s streets this morning for this year’s event, which is reported as being the largest yet.

FINISH LINE Some of the many runners complete the Great South Run

FINISH LINE Some of the many runners complete the Great South Run

Not even the clouds and the drizzle of rain shied away sprinters who all took part for charities, loved ones and their own conquest to keep fit.

John Gunner, from Lee-on-the-Solent, was taking part in aid of raising funds for Multiple Sclerosis Society UK.

John also joined family and friends as they took turns to push around close-friend Dave Moyes, 61, who suffers from the condition, in a wheelchair.

John said: ‘Dave has been having so much fun today. This has enabled him to raise money himself and be part of this amazing day. The atmosphere is incredible.

Dave’s wife Jane Moyes, 47, from Lower Swanwick, Southampton, said: ‘The atmosphere today is indescribable. The crowds have kept us going and helped us to pull through. Today is all about friendship, fun and great charitable causes.

‘When I woke Dave up this morning the look on his face was priceless, he couldn’t wait to go out and do this. We weren’t worried about what time we were going to finish, I just wanted to see Dave happy.’

Chris Arnott, 31, from running team Fareham Crusaders Club, finished the feat in just under an hour.

He said: ‘I really enjoyed myself out there, and now it’s just about catching my breath!

‘It was tough to run against the wind and the drizzle but I got through it. I’m proud to have finished when I did.’