SCORES of runners have crossed the finish line at today’s Great South Run with exhausted bodies and triumphant spirits.
More than 20,000 have taken part in today’s 10mile-run in Portsmouth.
The first man across the line was Moses Kipsiro, of Uganda, who finished in 46:00:00. The winning woman was Vivian Cheruiyot, of Kenya, whose time was 00:51:17.
Among the thousands of competitors running for charity were sisters Amanda Grant, 41, and Leanne Chapman, 45.
Amanda and Leanne, both from Hilsea, were raising money for the charity Starlight Children’s Foundation.
They chose the charity because it had supported their nephew, 11-year-old William Long, who has had cancer this year.
Leanne said they were both thrilled to have finished the run in just under 90 minutes.
She said: ‘It was hot and it was hard but the crowd did a great job of lifting us when we went around.’
Naouele McHugh, 35, said she was delighted to have finished the race in 1:09:13, a personal best.
Naouele, from Farlington, runs with the Portsmouth Joggers.
She said: ‘I’m ecstatic. It was quite warm but compared to other Great South Runs there was absolutely no wind. It was great to start right behind the elite runners as well.’
Lee Mawson, 36, was thrilled with his personal best time of 1:03:20.
It came after Lee took part in the Amsterdam Marathon last week.
The Denmead Striders runner said: ‘It was really tough, running it the week after a marathon! It was hotter than usual but if there’s no wind, you can’t complain.’