True inspirations or top times, tell us your Great South Run tales

RACER Paul Ingleby ran his first Great South Run in 1992. Picture: Allan Hutchings (14186-435)
RACER Paul Ingleby ran his first Great South Run in 1992. Picture: Allan Hutchings (14186-435)
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TO CELEBRATE its 25th anniversary, organisers of the Great South Run asked for people to share their memories of the 10-mile race.

And now we want to hear about your best race times, favourite outfits and the reason why you pinned that number to your shirt.

To kick-start our trip down memory lane, Paul Ingleby tells us why he decided to run the Great South Run in 1992.

‘When I was at school, I used to run quite a bit,’ said the 41-year-old.

‘So in 1992, I just decided I would run the race and see how I got on.

‘I didn’t train much and I found it quite hard. I think I ran too fast in the first half of the race and then pretty much died for the whole of the second half.’

After the race, Paul, who lives in Baffins, decided to take a break from running.

It was almost two decades later that entered the Great South again after getting back into regular exercise.

He added: ‘It was just after my mum died in 2009 that I got back into running.

‘I decided it would be a good way to lose a bit of weight and get fit so I entered the 2011 race. It was hard because I was a lot bigger than I am now.

‘But after years of pounding the road nearly every day I am looking forward to this year’s Great South Race.’ Paul has run in the last three races and to prepare for race number five, he is running every day.

He hopes to complete the race in under an hour which will beat his current best time of one hour, nine minutes.

Mark Waldron, editor of The News, said: ‘We want to hear more stories like Paul’s so we are asking our readers to share them with us.

‘We want to see the pictures of you crossing the finish line and hear about what inspired you to take on the 10-mile race.’

So if you have a tale to tell, send your name, contact details and your story to