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Biggest ever Great South Run

On their marks for the biggest ever Great South Run Photo: ITV Meridian

A record number of people have descended on the streets of Portsmouth and Southsea for the Bupa Great South Run.

Around 30,000 runners took part in the Bupa Great South Run 5k, Bupa Junior & Mini Great South Run and the Bupa Great South Run on 27 and 28 October - which all saw record entrants in 2012.

One of the greatest names in British athletics’ history, Dame Kelly Holmes, was the honorary starter for the Bupa Great South Run on Sunday, which started on Clarence Esplanade taking in the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard.

Holmes, who won two gold medals in the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, set the record 25,000 participants on their way in the IAAF gold label event; the only ten mile run in the world to have achieved such status.

Dame Kelly, who still holds the British record in the 800m and 1500m distances, also had a team of runners taking part to raise money for the legacy trust in her name.

A number of famous faces ran the fast and flat course, including 400m sprinter Iwan Thomas and Sally Gunnell, twenty years after winning gold in the 1992 Olympic Games in Barcelona.

Runners were entertained by ‘bands on the run’, including the Portsmouth-based Royal Marines School of Music, who performed in front of the historic HMS Victory.

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