Great South Run 2021: Live updates from the 5k, mini, juniors and 10-mile events in Portsmouth

THE Great South Run is finally back in Portsmouth!

Saturday, 16th October 2021, 4:55 am
Updated Saturday, 16th October 2021, 11:07 am

After a year hiatus due to the pandemic, it is finally time to put on your running shoes.

Events will be taking place throughout the weekend across Portsmouth as part of the Great South Run.

The 10-mile run will be happening on Sunday.

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Great South Run 2019 Sunday Picture: Peter Langdown

However before that there will be the 5k, junior and mini runs taking place today.

We will be bringing you all the latest updates from all of the events across this weekend in Portsmouth.

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Expect plenty of pictures as well as stories, videos and reactions!

You can see them all in our live blog below.

It will be updated throughout Saturday and Sunday, so make sure to keep checking back!

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Live updates from the Great South Run this weekend

Last updated: Sunday, 17 October, 2021, 17:56

  • 5k, mini and junior run to take place on Saturday
  • 10 mile Great South Run is on Sunday

Mourning team of 13 complete race in memory of beloved dad

HEARTBROKEN loved ones of a Portsmouth dad who died of a brain tumour completed the Great South Run in his memory.

A team of 13 relatives and friends tackled the epic 10-mile route alongside some 16,000 other people in memory of Graham Green, who died last November.

Among the squad included Graham’s three children, a nephew and a great-niece, four of his eight grandchildren and four employees from Portsmouth Demolition and Salvage Ltd, the company Graham set up at the age of 17.

Read the full story, here.

Best pictures from Saturday’s events - revealed

All the best shots from Saturday’s 5km, Junior and Mini races have been revealed.

Can you spot any of your loved ones in them?

Three wins from three for Eilish McColgan

Eilish Mccolgan set a new course record and she romped to her third consecutive victory at the contest.

She blasted around the course in 50 minutes and 43 seconds

The Scottish athlete has now equalled Chris Thompson as one of the event's biggest winners.

Winners of the Great South Run celebrate their medals

The three medal winners in the elite men’s category have been celebrating their win at the finishing line of the Great South Run.

Jack Rowe bagged the gold, in a time of 47 minutes 20 seconds.

He was closely followed by Emile Cairess in second, with a time of 47 minutes 38 seconds and Daniel Jarvis, who completed the 10-mile route in 48 minutes 48 seconds to clinch the bronze

Photo: Great South Run

Winner of elite men’s race is announced

Jack Rowe has clinched the title of the Great South Run’s elite men’s race this year.

The runner crossed the finishing line in 47 minutes and 20 seconds

Problems reported with Great South Run tracking app

Organisers behind this year’s Great South Run have apologised for ‘issues’ with its tracking app.

The technology is meant to help friends and relatives of competitors track their loved ones’ progress during the race.

However, the app has had problems working throughout the morning.

In a statement on Twitter, organisers of the spectacle said: ‘We're aware that there are issues with the Great Run tracking app. Our team are currently working to get it resolved as quickly as we can.’

The situation comes as this year’s race was not televised.

People have taken to social media to vent their frustration. One man said: ‘It’s a shame. They have the Great North Run on TV so why not the South too?’

Watch the moment the race began

This is the moment elite runners, club runners and those from the orange wave set off.

The first elite runner has since crossed the finishing line!

Student nurse is ready to take on the race

A student nurse from Southsea is among the thousands joining this year’s race.

Alisha Page, 22, is running for Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust as a way of showing her appreciation for the NHS heroes who worked tirelessly through the pandemic.

She said: ‘I’m nervous and excited but the hospitals have worked so hard over the pandemic.’

Pushing to victory as wheelchair racers set off

The first wheelchair racers have set off from the start line today

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‘We’re all so excited'

Watching from the sideline this morning was proud mum Dawn Vivienne. The 45-year-old from Luton is cheering on her husband Blake, who is running in the elite race.

Accompanied by her two young children, Dawn said: ‘We are all extremely excited and we know he will do amazingly.’

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