Twenty five thousand people will running past Portsmouth's famous landmarks this Sunday - competing in the 25th Great South Run. Joining the amateurs - a very special young man, raising money for the charity that kept his family together. Sean Gonzalez-Lambert is on the autistic spectrum, his identical twin brothers have Downs Syndrome and the charity has helped them all. Kerry Swain takes up the story.
Ten of the world’s best ice climbers took on the 115m sheer, mostly overhanging, chalk cliff at Scratchell’s Bay on the Isle of Wight yesterday.
Competitors had to climb against the clock in the first Red Bull White Cliffs competition.
The location allowed the climbers to use their ice axes and crampons at sea level, in one of the only places in the world where chalk climbing is possible.
Russia’s Aleksei Tomilov took the title, reaching the top in just 16 minutes and 46 seconds:
It's being reported that Sunderland’s players will look to reimburse the 2,456 supporters who travelled to Southampton to watch them get thrashed 8-0
Sunderland goalkeeper Vito Mannone said he would ask his team-mates to agree to the gesture.
According to The Chronicle Mannone thinks the team owes the fans.
He said: “We should do it because we didn’t put our foot (down), we didn’t work hard."
Ronald Koeman well and truly disproved the manager of the month award as his Southampton side decimated a woeful Sunderland outfit 8-0.
There is a longheld theory that the boss who collects the monthly accolade slips to defeat in the next game but Saints returned to winning ways with their biggest ever Barclays Premier League win as Graziano Pelle scored twice to seal a memorable week on a personal level.
A goal in either half saw Pelle move onto six Barclays Premier League goals for the season and add to his match-winning Italy debut and player of the month award.
The former Feyenoord striker would have been proud of Vergini's own goal, which opened the floodgates as Southampton inflicted a damaging defeat on Gus Poyet's side.
Sunderland had started the game brightly as they looked to build on their maiden league win against Stoke before the international break but Vergini scored a clinical own goal from the edge of his box to set Southampton on their way to a stunning victory.
Pelle then scored with a tap-in with Jack Cork, brought into midfield in place of Victor Wanyama, killing the game off before the break.
Sunderland then shipped four goals in 16 second-half minutes as a another own goal, courtesy of Liam Bridcutt, was added to by Pelle's second and efforts from Dusan Tadic and Wanyama.
Sadio Mane had been rested following international exertions but came on to add the eighth late on, leaving some Sunderland fans in tears.
Saints may boast the player of the month in Italian striker Pelle but they also have the best defence in English football having conceded a measly five league goals this season.
Sunderland's defence is not as watertight and it starting leaking goals after just 11 minutes as Morgan Schneiderlin eased past Wes Brown, with the ball falling to the edge of the Sunderland box, where Argentina international Vergini thrashed the ball into the corner of his own goal with deadly accuracy.
It did not take the hosts long to double their lead as Steve Davis was released down the left and crossed for Pelle to tap home from close range to continue his impressive form.
Shellshocked Sunderland looked like they might peg their hosts back immediately but goalkeeper Fraser Forster was equal to a well-struck Sebastian Larsson free-kick.
Poyet was left angered when his side were denied what appeared to be a clear penalty as Forster cleaned out Steven Fletcher after the Scotland forward had latched onto Lee Cattermole's through ball - but referee Andre Marriner simply signalled for a goal-kick.
The Uruguayan's mood was not helped as Southampton added their third from the very next attack. Tadic crossed from the left and picked out an unmarked Cork, who got enough on his shot to force it past Vito Mannone.
Pelle should have done better with a chance on the stroke of half-time but cut his effort well wide of goal as Saints continued to dominate.
Southampton came close to extending their lead early in the second half as Shane Long squared to Tadic inside the box, but the Serbia winger saw his shot cleared off the line by Patrick van Aanholt.
The fourth goal duly arrived and it once again came courtesy of a Sunderland own goal as Mannone got a strong hand to a low Pelle shot, only for the ball to squirm over the line off half-time substitute Bridcutt.
The misery continued for Poyet and his players as Pelle soon made it five, slotting home first time having been played in by Tadic - although he did balloon a hat-trick opportunity high and wide soon after.
Tadic was soon on the scoresheet himself as he was gifted possession by a poor Mannone clearance and swept the ball in for his first Premier League goal.
Sunderland were in pieces by this stage and Southampton showed no mercy, adding a seventh just seconds later as substitute Wanyama thrashed an effort past the hapless Mannone.
Still it continued and Mane was the next to get in on the act as the Senegal man hit his first Saints goal, with Tadic again supplying the ammunition from the left flank.
There was to be no record-equalling ninth for the hosts but this was a signal of intent from Koeman's side as they look to prove their impressive start is no flash in the pan, with the huge victory taking them third in the table and leaving Sunderland in abject misery.
The 25th annual Great South Run takes place in just over a week and one of the region's most successful distance runners has been encouraging youngsters to take to the track.
Andy Vernon was in Portsmouth this week to take part in a fun run event which has so far enabled more than 40,000 youngsters nationwide to run a mile long race.
Sarah Gomme reports:
A local community in Marden has banded together in a 'Herculean effort' to raise money for charity. 500 people rowed for 3 days and two nights, covering a thousand miles - the distance from Marden to Monte Carlo. At busy times 5 rowing machines were going at full pelt. Anyone could participate and families, teams and individuals all from the local community joined in . Many of them had never rowed before but they took to the the challenge. Sports Minster Helen Grant even did her bit.
So far, the event has raised £13,000 for Dandelion Time, a charity which helps traumatised children and their families.
While sailing off the coast of the Western Sahara, several Volvo Ocean 65s noticed a rubber boat speeding towards Spanish crew MAPFRE.
Initial fears of a pirate attack were allayed, when it turned out it was a Spanish Army Patrol boat coming to wish them luck.
Southampton FC have put their support behind a campaign, which is helping to raise awareness of a key symptom of bladder or kidney cancer – blood in pee.
Thermochromic posters have been installed in all of the urinals at St. Mary's stadium, ahead of the game against Sunderland on Saturday. When 'used', the heat reactive posters change colour and reveal the campaign message ‘if you notice blood in your pee, even if it’s ‘just the once’ tell your doctor’.
It comes as part of Public Health England's 'Be Clear on Cancer' campaign. More than 9 in 10 people in England survive bladder or kidney cancer for at least a year if diagnosed at the earliest stage.
“It’s a great compliment. It’s a personal prize for the manager, but I have to say thanks to the players it’s always those on the pitch who win games. We had a great month, which was maybe unexpected for a lot of people and maybe that’s had an influence on this prize. Everybody was a little afraid before the season, but we’ve done a great job – all of the coaches and the technical staff, and all of the people at the club. This means a lot, and now we have to take the next step. It’s now October, and September is behind us. We have to look forward and we’d like to celebrate with three points against Sunderland.”