WITH their arms raised in triumph, thousands of runners have crossed the finish line of the Bupa Great South Run today.
Many participants took the opportunity to ditch traditional running gear and wear fancy dress for the world’s premier 10 mile race.
A huge variety of people took part, including Dean of Portsmouth Cathedral, David Brindley, who came in at the one hour 47 minute mark.
He said: ‘It’s been fantastic. This event draws in people from all over the country, and of course they all get to run past the cathedral on the way.’
Army corporal Tom Smith, who is based in Bordon, near Petersfield, ran with 20kg of kit on his back.
‘I feel really proud,’ he said.
‘The last two miles were hard. It’s just down to fitness.’
Craig McMurrough, of Cambridge, came dressed as a shoe.
He said he was inspired after running the Cambridge half marathon earlier in the year using a spare shoe that someone had dropped.
James Rungaru won the Great South Run.
The Kenyan clocked 46:31 to beat Ugandan challenger Jonathan Kiplimo by seven seconds.
Ethiopian athlete Belaynesh Oljira won a thrilling finish in the women’s section of the race.
She clocked 52:40 in a thrilling dash for the line to just edge out Gemma Steel
Around 25,000 fundraisers and eager athletes laced up their racing shoes to embark on the world’s premier 10 mile race across Portsmouth seafront.
Elite runners in the run, now in its 25th year, were the first to set off from Southsea with fun runners going in waves afterwards.
Thousands of spectators cheered on participants throughout the course.
Scores of charities were represented and many ran in memory of loved ones.
Thousands were making the return to Portsmouth seeking to better finishing times they’ve secured in previous years.
Winner medals were presented by Councillor Donna Jones, leader of Portsmouth City Council.
Mock the Week and Outnumbered star Hugh Dennis stopped to talk to The News before warming up.
He said he was hoping to finish around the 80 minute mark as in similar years but was not sure what would happen given that he pulled a hamstring two weeks ago playing football.
He said: ‘I just want to finish, I have done three of these races now. The atmosphere is great, you just get buoyed up by people shouting your name.’
Meanwhile Matt Tabard, 36, and lifelong friends Simon Brine, 31, and Sam Lay, 33, all of Liphook, were running for Cancer Research UK.
Matt said: ‘My father was diagnosed with cancer eight weeks ago so I thought hat this was something we had to do to help the people working at the charity.’