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Andy Vernon encouraging youngsters to get running

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:

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Hampshire runner 3rd in Great South Run

22 year old Charlotte Purdue from Aldershot has finished third in the Great South Run. She competes in 5000m and 10,000m races and cross country events. Born in Windsor, Charlotte started running for the Aldershot Farnham and District Athletic Club when she was 13.

She recently underwent surgery on her knee and last year came 4th in the Great South Run.

Thousands take part in Great South Run

Great South Run underway in Portsmouth Credit: ITV Meridian

25 thousand people have taken to the streets of Portsmouth this morning as they take part in the Great South Run. Athletes, celebrities and fundraisers will be taking on the 10 mile running event raising millions for charity.

Runners will be entertained during the race by "bands on the run", including the band of H.M Royal Marines who will perform in front of HMS Victory.

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