Thousands strive for Victory in Great South Run

Ready to race - after months of training thousands are taking part in the Great South Run

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Great South Runners raise more than £3m for charity

More than 20,000 took part - many in fancy dress Credit: Mark Emery

Hundreds of charities will benefit from more than £3m raised by participants at this year's Great South Run.

Many of the 20,000 runners were sponsored and thousands were in fancy dress during the race through Portsmouth's historic streets.

The race also features plenty of first-time runners, including 82 year-old Mike Shaw, who'd never taken part in a run before.

See some of the runners and their charities in Sam Holder's report below:

Sam spoke to Olympic champion sailor Iain Percy and Vivian Cheruiyot, who won the women's race.

The Great South Run is the only 10 mile race to be awarded a gold label by the International Association of Athletics Foundation.

Jo Pavey set a world-record time for a runner over the age of 40, as she launched her bid for the Rio olympics.

Twenty thousand take on Great South Run in the sunshine

The sun was shining throughout the run Credit: Sam Holder

More than 20,000 runners have taken part in this year's Great South Run in Portsmouth.

Celebrities, professionals and fundraisers took on the 10-mile track with thousands more lining the streets to support them.

More than £3m has been raised for charity by those taking part in the internationally renowned race.

Moses Kipsiro from Uganda registered the fastest time for the men, dead on 46 minutes. Kenyan athlete Vivian Cheruiyot came first amongst the women.

See if you can spot yourself in Sam Holder's report below:

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Thousands pound the streets in Portsmouth in south's biggest road race.

Around 20,000 elite athletes, club runners and fundraisers have been taking part in the 25th annual Great South Run.

The 10 mile race, through the streets of Portsmouth, passes landmarks like the Spinnaker Tower and HMS Victory.

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The elite races were won by Moses Kipsiro of Uganda and Kenyan Vivian Cheruiyot.

Organisers estimate more than £25m has been raised for charity by runners during the race's history.

Among those taking part this year are double Olympic champion Iain Percy running in aid of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

Athlete Ewan Thomas, Emmerdale's Chris Chittell and our very own Sarah Gomme were among the celebrities taking part.

We'll have a report on ITV Meridian this evening at 6.15pm.

Elite runners in action Credit: ITV News

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The Great South run is about to get under way in Portsmouth, with 20 000 people taking part.

The elite runners will all have started by 10.35 followed by the majority made up of club, charity and fun runners.

Among them, sailor Iain Percy who looked relaxed on the start line.

Good luck to everyone today.

Iain Percy gets ready to run Credit: ITV News
Crowds line the streets along the Esplanade Credit: ITV News
Runners enjoying the sunshine Credit: ITV News

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On your marks - thousands prepare for Great South Run

HMS Victory is one of the great landmarks along the route Credit: PA Images

Finally, after months of training, the day has arrived for the Great South Run.

More than 20,000 runners are set to pound the pavement in Portsmouth today in the Morrisons Great South.

Elite women will be the first to start racing at 10.15am.

The elite men will start at 10.35am, followed by non-elite runners.

20 000 runners are taking part. Credit: PA Images

The course will start and finish in Southsea’s Clarence Esplanade and weave its way through the city, passing HMS Victory, the Spinnaker Tower and Portsmouth Cathedral.

Among the celebrities taking part, sailor Iain Percy and Emmerdale's Chris Chittell. And of course our very own Sarah Gomme.

Good luck to everyone running today and you can watch a full report on this evening's ITV Meridian News.

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