Record numbers prepare for Great South Run

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A RECORD 25,000 people, including thousands from Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, will lace up their running shoes to raise millions for charity tomorrow.

They all hope to complete the ten-mile Great South Run, which takes in the sights of Southsea seafront and Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

The big run will be started by Dame Kelly Holmes, a double gold medallist at the 2004 Athens Olympics.

Among them will be chartered accountants from Wilkins Kennedy who hope to raise thousands of pounds for The Rose Road Association, and a team of 30 children and adults, some suffering from spina bifida and hydrocephalus, who will be taking part to help others with the condition.

Staff from Warner Goodman LLP hope to raise money for Families of Ocean Ward, supporting Southampton General Hospital’s children’s heart unit.

Dressed as superheroes, Southampton General Hospital children’s physiotherapists, Tom Meredith, Sian Evans, Nicky Broughton-Head and Phil Webb, will be taking part to raise vital funds for their department.

Sarah Crabb, Daniel Van Cuylenburg and Morgan Strange will be raising money for the Ellen MacArthur Trust.

Kathy Tilbury, from New Milton, will be running to raise money for AYME, a charity that has supported her neighbour, Rosie Smith, 14, who suffers from ME.

Also on the run, is carer, Lou Brown, Rebecca Volk, of Broadwater Road, Romsey, Luke Tillman, from Fawley, and four Fareham council workers.

Since the first Great South Run in 1990, more than £30m has been raised for charity.

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