Fantastic Great South Run is perfect challenge for Jo Pavey

Pearson Atkinson and Tanisha Gray. Stokes Bay junior parkrun takes place on Sundays. Picture: Neil Marshall (171348-30)

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Jo Pavey is raring to go for the Great South Run after missing the race due to injury last year.

The 2014 European 10,000m champion has twice won the prestigious event in Portsmouth.

Jo Pavey on the HMS Victory yesterday. Picture: David Brawn

Jo Pavey on the HMS Victory yesterday. Picture: David Brawn

A hat-trick of titles would place her on her own as the greatest female runner in the 26-year history of the event.

She currently stands alongside other double winners Sonia O’Sullivan, Liz McColgan-Nuttall, Restituta Joseph and Iulia Negura.

Last year Pavey had to miss the race due to injury, meaning the awesome Portsmouth crowds missed out on the chance to cheer her on after her superb achievement in winning the 2014 European 10,000m title.

But now the inspirational 42-year-old is relishing the chance to return to one of her favourite events.

It is brilliant to be back and I just love this race. It is always a competitive race and the course is absolutely fantastic

Jo Pavey

She said: ‘I was looking forward to finishing the year at the Great South Run in 2014.

‘Unfortunately I got injured. I think it was just all that championship running and then suddenly turning my attention to the road and probably not making the right decisions in training and things like that.

‘I was really gutted to miss last year because I was pleased with the championship races – finally getting a gold medal and I was very shocked to get that.

‘It is brilliant to be back and I just love this race. It is always a competitive race and the course is absolutely fantastic.’

Pavey loves the challenge of hitting the seafront for the final two miles and taking on the tough Southsea wind.

She also relishes seeing Portsmouth’s top sites along the course.

‘It is such a scenic race, finishing on the seafront and obviously taking in the sights of the city like the Historic Dockyard and HMS Victory,’ added Pavey.

‘With thousands of people out there running towards their goals, and running for great charities, I just love the whole weekend of the Great South Run.

‘You have got the junior and mini Great South Run and the 5k before the main Great South Run.

‘Over the whole weekend there is 30,000 people taking part and it’s just a brilliant celebration and festival of running.

‘It’s a great atmosphere and I always love it.’

Ahead of the Morrisons Great South Run on Sunday, October 25, Pavey has already set down a marker with a brilliant display in the Great Scottish Run on Sunday.

She ran 1hr 09min 58sec to set a new British record for the half-marathon distance for an over-40 lady.

‘In the Great Scottish Run I was pleasantly surprised to get under 70 minutes,’ added Pavey.

‘I was pleased with that because I had taken a step back this year and didn’t do the track championships.’