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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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Great South Run underway in Portsmouth

Map of the course for the Great South Run Credit: Great South Run

Twenty-five thousand runners will be pounding the streets of Portsmouth and Southsea today for the Great South Run. Big crowds are expected to cheer on those taking part.

The 10 mile route takes in the sites of Portsmouth Cathedral, the Spinnaker Tower and HMS Victory.

The final stretch along the sea front has given thousands of people the opportunity to get a personal best time for many years. Every year the event attracts athletes, celebrities and runners raising money for good causes, with over £30 million having been raised for charity over the years.

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