Great success of South Run for Ben Connor and Lily Partridge

Good conditions in Portsmouth as thousands of runners enjoy the annual 10-mile event

Athletics couple Lily Partridge and Ben Connor won the Great South Run over 10 miles in Portsmouth on Sunday.

Partridge ran 54:29 to beat Natasha Cockram by six seconds with Steph Twell third in 54:51.

Connor took the men’s crown in 47:19 with second Ellis Cross clocking 47:32 and third Omar Ahmed 47:49.

Lily Partridge (Pete Langdown/Great Run)

Partridge said: “It was a great race, the three of us were together until about eight miles. I hit the front about six miles out.

“It wasn’t really planned, so I thought I’d try to make it a tough race. It was a good opportunity for me to put myself under pressure and gain confidence and it really paid off.

Lily Partridge with Steph Twell and Natasha Cockram (Pete Langdown/Great Run)

Connor said: “It was a fantastic event. We don’t get the chance to run a lot of 10 miles and this is the biggest ever.

“It’s my third time on the Great South Run. I’ve come third, second and now first so I’m really happy. It’s my 30th birthday tomorrow so I’m heading to Barcelona tonight and celebrating. victoire.

Start men (Pete Langdown/Great Run)

A total of 20,000 people of all ages and abilities took part in the Great South Run weekend. After a windy day on Saturday for the Junior and Mini Great South Run and the 5k, Sunday’s warm and calm conditions were a bonus for runners and spectators at the 10-mile event.

Notable runners who participated included Paralympic champion Richard Whitehead as well as running icon Kathrine Switzer, who in 1967 became one of the sport’s most inspiring role models when she ran the Boston Marathon, despite prevailing attitudes towards women and long-distance running at the time.

The first wheelchair athlete was Claudia Burrough in 50:42, with Ella Bouvard close behind in 50:43. Dale Muffett was the first male wheelchair racer in 59:12 followed by Mal Rose in 60:48.

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