The Great South Run

11 things you’ll only know if you’ve done the Great South Run before

If you’ve ever lived in Portsmouth then you've probably seen runners taking part in the Great South Run one time or another. 

But there’s a few things you will only know if you’ve completed the 10-mile course. Runners, prepare to look away

There's only a mile to go. You're nearly at the end. And then - whoosh! When it's a windy day in Southsea, you can really tell if you're by the seafront.

1. Being nearly blown into the sea once you reach the last mile

There's only a mile to go. You're nearly at the end. And then - whoosh! When it's a windy day in Southsea, you can really tell if you're by the seafront.
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You can see lots of runners on the final straight, looking knackered but close to the finish line. And then you realise you're knackered, but you're only on mile 5...

2. Just because you can see the finish line, it doesn't mean you're near the end...

You can see lots of runners on the final straight, looking knackered but close to the finish line. And then you realise you're knackered, but you're only on mile 5...
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Every year Maggie Baker and her family play their own DJ set from their home in Henderson Road, Southsea. With just a couple of miles to go until the finish line, it might just give you the extra boost you need to complete the 10-mile challenge.

3. The DJ music on Henderson Road is a lifesaver

Every year Maggie Baker and her family play their own DJ set from their home in Henderson Road, Southsea. With just a couple of miles to go until the finish line, it might just give you the extra boost you need to complete the 10-mile challenge.
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Nope, neither had we. It might seem flat when you're driving along it, but when you're running on it it's a whole different game. Luckily for runners though, the first stretch is uphill before you turn at the roundabout and go downhill. So at least you get the 'harder' part out the way first!

4. Ever noticed Winston Churchill Avenue is on a slope?

Nope, neither had we. It might seem flat when you're driving along it, but when you're running on it it's a whole different game. Luckily for runners though, the first stretch is uphill before you turn at the roundabout and go downhill. So at least you get the 'harder' part out the way first!
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