Great South Run set to be the biggest yet

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NEARLY 30,000 people are due to race in four Great South Run events this weekend, making it the biggest one yet.

The annual 10-mile run, which goes through the Historic Dockyard and round the new Mary Rose Museum, will see elite athletes, fun runners and fundraisers take on the challenge.

Kerry Simpson, from organiser Nova, said the four events, the 5km, mini and junior runs on Saturday and the 10-mile run on Sunday means there is something for everyone. She said: ‘The great thing about the Great South Run is the mix of people taking part, you have the world champions to compete in the elite race, the club runners, the charity runners and first timers coming as well.

‘Everyone comes together to do this great event.’

That includes Simon Ware, 53, a collections specialist at the new Mary Rose Museum.

He has taken part in each Great South Run and this year will be joined by colleague David Pearson, 24, a conservator at the museum. Both said it will be great to run past the museum now it has opened.

Simon said: ‘This is my 24th, I’ve done every single one since it started.

‘It’s great, it’s a really good course, it’s grown over the years. The route is great, you get to see some sights and the support is superb.

‘The route comes right past the new building, that’s going to be quite special.’