Great South Run 2019 prize money: Here's how much the top athletes receive for winning

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About 20,000 runners are taking on the Great South Run 2019 in Portsmouth today, along with many of the UK’s top professional athletes.

The 10-mile Great South Run route will meander its way from Clarence Esplanade in Portsmouth, taking in the historic dockyard, the naval base and residential streets, before finishing the final mile along the seafront.

The start of the elite women's race. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

The start of the elite women's race. Picture: Chris Moorhouse

The event is open to people of all ages and ability, whether you're taking part to try and win or simply to complete the course, or raise some funds for charity.

If you are in it to win it, there are prizes up for grabs for the fastest five male and female competitors.

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To qualify as an elite athlete, men have to be able to run under 51 minutes in a previous event, while women have a performance criteria of 63 minutes.

Any athletes who want to enter in the ‘elite’ category will have to have recorded that time by January 1 this year.

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Chris Thompson and Eilish McColgan won the men’s and women’s races last year. 

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The prize pots for men and women are both equal in amount and are as follows:

1st place - £1,500

2nd place - £1,250

3rd place - £750

4th place - £500

5th place - £300

The top three men and women also get free entry in the 2020 event.

Follow all the action from the Great South Run in our live blog here.