Great South Run

Great South Run

Great South Run

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Kath Merry is joined by David Moorcroft to present live coverage of the Great South Run from Southsea, Portsmouth. Commentary comes from Stuart Storey and Tim Hutchings.

A record entry field of 25,000 places sold out months ago. Competitors for today's race include athletes, celebrities and runners looking to raise money for good causes. Many will be looking to set personal bests.

The flat and fast route takes in many of Portsmouth's famous landmarks, including the cathedral, Spinnaker Tower and HMS Victory. Nelson's flagship will again play host to the HM Band of Royal Marines, who perform for the passing runners.

This year's women's race boasts a strong UK challenge, with Olympic 5,000 metre finalists Jo Pavey and Julia Bleasdale heading the field. Jo will be hoping to repeat her previous triumph of 2009.

Comments (13)

  • Club runner

    over 1 year ago

    Club runner

    I enjoyed the coverage of the men's and women's races. For me, watching a race on tv is about the beauty of the running and the excitement of the competition, and I also like watching a good wheelchair race if there is one. I do appreciate what charity joggers are doing, but to be frank, I have no interest in watching people jogging for an hour or two, particularly if it interrupts the commentary of the main event. Perhaps a dedicated web-only broadcast using cameras at a couple of fixed points on the course could satisfy those who'd like to see their efforts captured on camera?

  • gbathlete

    over 1 year ago


    I dont really get what the fuss is about, after all you charity runners are not getting paid to run in the race, and the lack of television coverage is not affecting your race nor your overall contributions to charity. professional running really is an exceptionally hard sport to make a living in. I would class myself as professional as I am under a contract with a shoe company that supplies me with kit and medical expenses, and also pays me bonuses for wins and brand exposure. however, to pay the rent I also work in a cafe 4 times a week, so hardly the life of a superstar. events such as the great north, great south, great manchester run are fantastic opportunities for professional athletes to make some money, with position bonuses and time bonuses for nova international (the great run series company) and also exposure bonuses from sponsors through television coverage. like professional cycling, the more coverage out respective sponsors get (ie. how much they judge their logo to have been seen on you throughout the race) determines this bonus, thus extensive coverage of the elites is imperative. again, i really dont get the fuss, this is our job after all, not our hobby.

  • Michael

    over 1 year ago


    Surely the point of running for charity is a selfless act to do better for others and not for your own selfish gain (ie getting your face on tv) These races are broadcast to show what the majority of people want to see ie the real elite race for whom the coverage is needed for sponsorship and to make a living. There are probably only 6 people watching who want to see auntie Ethel on her 4 hour 10 mile debut yet thousands who are interested and can gain from the inspiring elite race. The Olympic legacy is a flawed argument as it encompasses many number of things including inspiring the next generation of elite British runners so this argument can be used as well against as for the argument. There is so much more that can be said to promote the emphasis on elite runners but it is most likely a lost cause on those commenting here

  • Runner

    over 1 year ago


    What planet are you people on. The show was an hour and a half and there was over 20000 people competing. If they showed everyone in equal measure each runner would get a quarter of second of airtime! The heroes are the people who do this to raise money for charity or to achieve personal goals, not those that want to get their mug on TV.

  • Sarah

    over 1 year ago


    I so agree, I know how much my mum trained for this race and yet you see her but if you blinked i would of missed it

  • Claire Hawes

    over 1 year ago

    Claire Hawes

    Can only echo what everyone else is saying. Your coverage completely ignored the green wave runners, which made up the largest group in the event! Surely if we are serious about the "Olympic legacy" you should have featured some of the people who may have been doing this event as newcomers to running, and certainly the many many people who were running for charity. An opportunity thrown away. Lots of lessons you could learn from BBC coverage!

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  • Polly

    over 1 year ago


    Yet again you have let down the majority of runners. Like many other charity runners, I worked hard to raise funds, train and take part in the GSR. Yes, the elite work hard too, but we are the masses. Please do better for the majority of runners next year. This is not the first time you have let us down and I would suggest you take a look at the BBC's coverage of the London Marathon and Great North Run to see how it should be done. Thank you

  • Richard

    over 1 year ago


    I disagree with the two comments above, I ran the Great South and Great North Runs this year, and BOTH the BBC and Channel 5 concentrated far too much on the elite runners and not enough on the charity runners. It's about time they changed their priorities

  • Peter Harding

    over 1 year ago

    Peter Harding

    I usually marshal at the start and end for both the junior races and the GSR. so don't get to see much of the actual races. Knowing this was going to be two hours of coverage I thought I would see more but only the elite men and women, where are the club runners, where are the masses that make the event what it is. At over £40 entry fee they deserve more coverage as do the juniors who could be our stars of the future.

  • sally

    over 1 year ago


    That was very disappointing coverage ! 25000 people running the race and we only got 30mins of coverage, yes we like to see how the elite are doing but what about jo bogs that put so much into raising money for charities and the training to complete the run!!!

  • James Denne

    over 1 year ago

    James Denne

    I totally agree with Sarah's comments. I know it is important to cover the elite side of things but do you really need to pan out so much from the helicopter and look at a field full of cars and some boats too? I wasn't a charity runner but the first non-elite athlete to finish and was disapointed with the lack of coverage for anyone apart from the leaders. The non-elite athletes and charity runners are the people that make this event and maybe create a bit more focus on that by maybe adding an extra 30 minutes. Just look at how the BBC do their coverage of London Marathon, BUPA Great North Run and BUPA Great Manchester Run. Channel 5 just look what you can be and learn from it! Every year i've been disapointed with your coverage.

  • Sarah Bonner

    over 1 year ago

    Sarah Bonner

    yet again dissapointed by Ch5 coverage of the Great south run. As one of the many charity runners that puts blood sweat and tears into running the 10 miles raising money for charity, and seeing that you only cover aprox 10 seconds worth of clips 5 times then just about 5 minutes of us charity runners in a 1hr 33 coverage, I am very dissapointed. I know you have to cover the professionals and people want to see them but why do you cover nearly all the program on them and such little amounts of time on the 25,000 runners that train hard and run for charities. surely they should have the same amount if not more of the air time as the professionals. I know I am not the only one to feel like this as lots of people I know are moaning about the same thing. I think Ch5 need to take a look at the Great North Coverage and take note of how much time is taken showing charity and non-professional runners there and rethink their coverage or add more time for the charity runners! one very disgruntled runner.