Portsmouth leaders speak of immense pride as Great South Run hits 25th year

The Great South Run 2014. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143052-3)
The Great South Run 2014. ''Picture: Paul Jacobs (143052-3)
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THE organisers of the Bupa Great South Run have again hailed the spectacle a huge success.

Around 25,000 runners pounded the streets of Portsmouth and it’s anticipated £2.5m was raised for worthy causes.

David Hart, of organisers Nova International, said the 25th anniversary run had been equally as brilliant as the past three years and was at full capacity.

He said it was still amazing to think how far the event had come since humble beginnings in Southampton.

‘It’s the next stage of an incredible journey in which started with just a couple of thousand people in Southampton.

‘It’s now the world’s leading 10-mile event, people come from all over the UK and beyond.’

The Lord Mayor of Portsmouth, Councillor Steven Wylie, said it was an honour seeing everyone off at the start line.

‘Twenty-five years ago there was the inspiration to have the run in the first place, and 25 years later these runners still have that same inspiraiton,’ he said.

Cllr Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council, presented medals to the male elite runners and said: ‘It’s one of Portsmouth’s biggest events and puts us on the international stage.’