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Hampshire prepares for bumper Great South Run
6:21pm Friday 25th October 2013 in General Sport
HAMPSHIRE runners and celebrities are gearing up for the return of the Great South Run in Portsmouth this weekend.
The 10-mile road race is among the most challenging in Europe that runs through the heart of Portsmouth and Southsea – taking in the city’s historic naval district, including the Mary Rose and The Victory – en route to the finish line.
A record 25,000 runners are due to take to the course, with high winds set to make it a compelling race to watch.
Other local running faces include Winchester’s, Kath Bailey, Phillip Berntsen, Alan Murchison, Matt West, and Lynne Whittaker.
They will be part of the elite running group that will be challenging a host of international running stars.
Last year’s winner, Stephen Mokoka from South Africa, will be eager to replicate his triumph with another blistering race.
But he’ll be met by stiff competition from Team GB London 2012 marathon runner Chris Thompson, and four time Olympic veteran Abdi Abdirahman from the USA.
Canadian Dylan Wykes, and Spaniard Ayad Lamdassem are other Olympians that make up a sparkling line up.
The women’s line up includes Team GB marathon star Sonia Samuels, South African Olympian Rene Kalmer and Polish 5000m World Championship final- ist Dominika Nowakowska.
Famous faces include Southampton-based ex-Olympic sprinter Iwan Thomas, Hampshire’s Olympic hockey bronze medallist Alex Danson, Hampshire swimmer Katy Sexton, Radio 1 DJ and founder of Bestival Rob da Bank, Liz McColgan, and ex-Pompey defender Linvoy Primus.
The elite women start first on Sunday, at 10.15am, followed by the elite men at 10.35am. Then the rest of the field set off in two ‘waves’ - the white leave at 10.38am and the green wave at 11.05am.
Great South Run interviews in tomorrow’s Daily Echo.
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