Portsmouth delivers yet again with the GSR

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Yesterday was another day of many that will help to put Portsmouth and Southsea on the map when it comes to staging big events.

Hot on the heels of Victorious Festival, Mutiny Festival and Oktoberfest in recent months, yesterday it was the turn of the Great South Run.

As an estimated 20,000 participants took to the streets around Southsea as thousands more cheered from the sidelines.

And it’s not just serious athletes who don their training shoes for the event that has been gracing the area for the best part of 27 years, but it’s an opportunity for weekend joggers and general keep fitters to put their skills and stamina to the test – and in the process raise money for charity.

Many charities have been struggling to keep money coming in recent years so events like the Great South Run are a welcome source of income for them.

And just like Victorious Festival and other events across the region it is a perfect opportunity to put this great city of ours on a stage that can be seen by the many visiting runners and their friends and families.

But also the fact that there was live coverage on Channel 5 means that even more people from around the country and beyond can see what the jewel in the south coast crown has to offer.

Our city may be steeped in military tradition but events like the Great South Run really do put us in the shop window.

It was such a shame that Storm Brian meant the cancellation of Saturday’s events but as the sun shone and the autumn winds blew yesterday Portsmouth delivered yet again. Many congratulations to all those who took part and, just as importantly, to all those who organised, volunteered and marshalled.