Great South Run 2012

Thousands of runners have taken to the streets of Southsea this weekend for the biggest-ever Great South Run.

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The Great South Run has enjoyed it's biggest turn-out yet.

This year a record-breaking 25,000 runners from across the South, took part in the 10 mile race through the streets of Portsmouth.

Some ran for charity, others for a personal challenge. One man even ran with a fridge on his back. Juliette Fletcher has more.

Pavey: "Crowds were amazing"

GB's Jo Pavey has regained the title she won six years ago at the Great South Run.

It was only the second 10-mile race of Pavey’s career, but it came following a superb track season in which she won European 10,000m silver and finished seventh in both the 5000m and 10,000m at the London Olympics.

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Biggest ever 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 today.

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South ready to run

Athletes get ready to run Credit: ITV Meridian

Olympic medallists Tariku Bekele and Abel Kirui will lead the overseas visitors for the Bupa Great South Run on Sunday, but a head-to-head confrontation between four top British women led by Jo Pavey looks likely to overshadow their high profile appearances.

Bekele and Kirui, both 2012 Olympic medallists, are the main contenders for the men's title at the IAAF Gold Label event in Portsmouth.

Apart from Mo Farah’s victory three years ago, the Bupa Great South Run has been dominated by African runners since German Stéphane Franke claimed his 1998 success.

Leading the British challenge will be USA-based Andrew Lemoncello, who after a lengthy absence won last month's Denver half marathon, followed with second position at the Bupa Great Edinburgh Run and Jonny Mellor - a surprise winner of last month's Bupa Great Yorkshire Run.

The women's elite race promises to be a fascinating engagement with the evergreen 39-year-old veteran Pavey bidding to regain the title she won in 2006 facing a posse of much younger rivals, including fellow Team GB Olympians Julia Bleasdale and Claire Hallissey.

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  • Great South Run 2012

    Thousands of runners are preparing to take to the streets of Southsea this weekend for the biggest-ever Great South Run.