MORE THAN 20,000 runners, including an Isle of Wight contingent, flocked to Portsmouth yesterday (Sunday) for the Great South Run.

Now in its 29th year, the event featured a strong British elite field with Chris Thompson and Eilish McColgan taking the titles.

Thompson made it three wins in a row, crossing the finish line in 46:56, while McColgan — the daughter of Scottish running legend Liz McColgan — won the women’s field in 54:43.

One of the world's leading ten mile running events, the route takes in Portsmouth landmarks including HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum.

Top athletes including Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe have taken part in previous years.

This year's participants included club runners, charity fundraisers and those taking part as a personal challenge.

Among them were Courtney Rigby, the sister of murdered soldier Lee Rigby, and boxer Kate Farley, who has cerebral palsy.

The sun was shining and crowds lined the streets to cheer them on.

The weekend of sport included the Simplyhealth Canine Run on Saturday, where 100 dogs and their owners ran 2.5k along Clarence Esplanade, the Simplyhealth Great South 5k and a fancy dress Junior and Mini Great South Run.

Jayne Fearn, Simplyhealth spokesperson, said: “The glorious sunshine made for great conditions for a fantastic weekend of events in Portsmouth.

"Supporting runners every step of the way, thousands enjoyed our post-run stretch zone and free massage.

"We’re already looking forward to next year."

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