Winners thrilled after 5km course at Great South Run in Portsmouth

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THOUSANDS of runners young and old have taken part in today’s Great South Run events.

Though the skies were grey and the wind was strong, competitors gave their utmost in today’s 5km and Mini and Junior Great South Run races around Portsmouth.

Some of those taking part crossed the finish line in tears of joy, others with hands held high in triumph having conquered the challenge of the race.

First over the line in this morning’s 5km run was 19-year-old Abdi Mahamed, from Southampton, who finished the course in 15min 52sec.

Abdi said: ‘I’m happy with the time. I enjoyed the course as well.

‘It was fantastic. In the last kilometre I just went for it.’

Second place getter was 14-year-old Lachlan Wellington, of Fareham, and third was Jaymee Domoney, 16, from Salisbury.

Lachlan, who runs for City of Portsmouth Athletics Club, said: ‘It was tough conditions because it was so windy. I’d like to thank Alexander Sport for sponsoring me.’

The first woman to finish was Gemma Bigg, 20, from Basingstoke, who finished in 20min 32secs.

Gemma said: ‘It was really good but a bit windy. I came second last year, so now I’ve finally got there.’

The second woman to finish was 41-year-old Sarah Warren, from Salisbury, and third was Aldona Greenwood, from Surrey.

More than 900 people took part in the 5km run, which included a wave of runners supporting Sport England’s This Girl Can running campaign.

A Junior and Mini Great South Run which took place this afternoon saw 2,000 children take part in 1.5km and 2.5km running events. This event had a ‘Disney’ theme, and many competitors were dressed up as princesses and superheroes.

Organisers expect more than 20,000 competitors to take part in tomorrow’s 10mi Great South Run event.