Commonwealth athlete Andy Vernon officially launched the 2015 edition of the Great South Run, with the event preparing to celebrate its 25th year. Vernon, who also took silver at the European Championships in Zurich, was in good company at the launch, with a group of veterans who have taken part every year since 1990 in attendance.
The 10 mile event, scheduled for Sunday 25 October, is once again expected to attract up to 25,000 runners to Southsea. The course offers a unique opportunity to run through the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and past the Mary Rose Museum; it is known for being flat, and has been graced by world-class athletes such as Liz McColgan, Paula Radcliffe, Sonia O'Sullivan and Mo Farah, who won the men's race in 2009.
David Hart at Great Run Company said: “The Morrisons Great South Run has a loyal following in the running community, and it's great to see those people share their knowledge with runners taking on the challenge for the first time.”
Hart continued: “It shows that this is an event for all abilities; whether you're a beginner, charity fundraiser or a European Championships silver medallist like Andy Vernon. The event has grown from 2,000 to 25,000 participants over the last quarter century, and it could not have happened without the support and enthusiasm of Portsmouth City Council.”
More information on Morrisons Great South Run is available here.