LIVE: Thousands set to take part in the Great South Run

READY Runners set for the off in the 2010 Great South Run. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (103424-5040)
READY Runners set for the off in the 2010 Great South Run. ''Picture: Malcolm Wells (103424-5040)
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AFTER months of training the wait is finally over as 25,000 people today pound Portsmouth’s streets in the Great South Run.

The 23rd 10-mile race has attracted a record-breaking number of entries and is expected to raise a whopping £3m for charity.

Whether an elite athlete or first-timer the run promises to be an event to remember.

Double olympic gold medallist Dame Kelly Holmes is to start the race in Southsea and thousands of spectators are expected to turn out as the Great South Run is broadcast in almost 100 countries.

Among those taking part are 2006 winner Jo Pavey and reigning world marathon champion and London 2012 Olympic medallist Abel Kirui.

Kirui hopes to take first place after coming runner up to Leonard Komon in last year’s race.

Meanwhile Royal Navy Chief Petty Officer Ian Fleming, 48, hopes to cross the finish line with fellow servicemen after completing the course over three days in 200lb of diving gear.

The 48-year-old got permission from organisers to start the race on Friday as he bids to raise £5,000 for BLESMA, the British Limbless Ex-Servicemen’s Association.

Today’s event follows yesterday’s junior, mini and 5km runs in which about 4,000 people took part.

The starting gun will set runners off shortly after 10am. The race will be broadcast on Channel 5.

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