Despite the pretty unpleasant predictions of the Great South Run getting hit by the start of the approaching storm the runners on the day were greeted by Southsea sun for the most of it, although the wind was blowing the wrong way for that last 2 miles from Eastney back to the finishing line. The elite female runners were first off the line and set a blistering pace despite the conditions. Hampshire runner Charlotte Purdue from Aldershot Farnham & District A. C. came in third place with a great time of 56:57, her pink leg warmers made her easy to spot in the pack for much of the race. In first place for the elite female runners was two times world champion runner Florence Kiplagat with 53:53.
The elite men started at the front of the first of the main pack of runners, with the race won by Emmanuel Kipkemei Bett with 48:03. For the next few hours tens of thousands of runners crossed the line raising millions of pounds for many, many different charities, many of which either based in Portsmouth or providing important support or services to the people of this city. Once again the smooth running of such an international event and it being shown on Channel 5 raises the profile of the city. More importantly the hospitality and the support of the spectators shown on the route to all the runners did Portsmouth and Southsea proud.
Congratulations to every Strong Islander who ran their 10 miles yesterday, total respect to you for your achievement.