The Great South Run is one of the south coast’s biggest and best running events and it takes place in Portsmouth over a ten-mile route on Sunday.

Dozens of Isle of Wight runners take part in the annual event and some of them are doing it for charity this year.

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There are several runners doing it in aid of The Wight Brainy Bunch, including Kathryn and Mark Grimes and Zoe Smith.

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Mark and Kathryn Grimes will be running the Great South Run in aid of The Wight Brainy Bunch.

Kathryn, of Ryde, founded The Wight Brainy Bunch with her husband, Mark, in 2015, after he was diagnosed with a brain tumour, aged 34.

She said: “I started running (reluctantly) after Mark’s first brain operation.

“He was a good runner, but I was a complete non-runner. I told him if he made it through the op, I would run the Great South Run with him.”

Since then, Kathryn and Mark have continued to run and raise money for The Wight Brainy Bunch, which supports other Island families affected by brain tumours.

To sponsor them, click here.

Zoe Smith of Cowes is also raising money for The Wight Brainy Bunch.

She said: “I am running for The Wight Brainy Bunch in memory of my beautiful dad.

“Kat and Mark at The Wight Brainy Bunch are wonderful, compassionate and caring individuals who were a fantastic support to my family when my dad was diagnosed with a terminal brain tumour.

"They provided not just practical and financial help, but also a much-needed shoulder to cry on.”

Zoe caught Covid in July, and unfortunately being an asthmatic, it has left her with long Covid, but she said she will make it round the ten miles to raise some much-need funds for a wonderful charity.

To sponsor Zoe, click here.

Lucinda Rowe of Northwood is running in aid of Macmillan after a close friend of hers had cancer. She only started running in February, but is enjoying it.

To sponsor Lucinda, click here.

Islander Henry McLuckie is known for competing in many high-profile athletics events and is ranked in the Top 100 of European athletes for running the 1,500 metres in around 3 minutes 40 seconds.

He is doing the Great South Run in aid of the Isle of Wight Prostate Cancer Support Group (IWPCSG) and you can sponsor him by clicking here.

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Becky Hepworth, Liz Cooper and Tracey Porteous are doing the Great South Run in aid of the Isle of Wight Diabetic Fund.

Deb Joy is running for the Isle of Wight Diabetic Fund in memory of her sister, Cath Love, who died in February following a brief and brutal battle with cancer.

Deb said: “My sister was also type one diabetic and was proud of her high tech gadgets and sensors for diabetes that enabled her to lead a full active life.”

Cath was also well known at Medina parkrun, where she was a run director, and her friends Becky Hepworth, Liz Cooper and Tracey Porteous, are running the Great South Run in her memory.

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Island Roads' divisional financial controller, Lisa Taylor, has pledged to run 1,000 miles during 2021 to raise £1,000 for Macmillan Cancer Support and is doing the Great South Run as part of this challenge.

Lisa, a keen runner, said: “Cancer has affected my life in too many ways and this is my time to return some of the support shown by Macmillan.

“I have so many beautiful running friends helping me along this journey. I want to be as strong as those affected and I hope my run will become a special memory to those that are currently fighting their own battle.”

To sponsor Lisa, click here.

Sarah Holmes, from Shanklin, is doing three races in a row for MIND - the London Marathon, the Isle of Wight Marathon and the Great South Run.

She has already done London and the Isle of Wight marathons during the past two weekends.

She said: "These are my three favourite events, back-to-back. I’m not expecting a speedy performance with two marathons in my legs, but I know the crowd will be amazing as always!"

To sponsor Sarah, click here.

Finally, Cheryl-Lee Chapman of Sandown is running in aid of Diabetes UK.

She said: “I am diabetic and wanted to support something that is very relevant for me and generations to come.

I’m also doing it to prove that having diabetes doesn’t mean that you can’t set goals and achieve success with your fitness and health.”

Are you taking on the Great South Run for charity? If so, we would love to hear from you! Simply click on the submissions box below to send us more information and a photo or two!