For the second successive year the Great South Run was held in the most appalling weather, was organised superbly and still attracted thousands of cheering spectators. Light rain greeted the runners long before the start but the real challenge was the strong winds which was at its strongest head on in the last two miles along the seafront to the finish in Southsea. The general feeling after was that two minutes plus were lost over this final stretch.
WWRR Simon McMorran found himself of being in the unusual though privileged position of being granted ‘elite’ status. Grand as this sounds the real benefits were having warm, dry changing facilities and being able to mix with the top runners. Given the conditions being escorted to the course just a few minutes before the start was another luxury. Although he met up with the same runners after the race Simon didn’t see much of them in between. However in the conditions he was reasonably pleased to record a time of 64.17 for 147th place overall of the 11.433 finishers, and first islander to finish.
Also competing for WWRRs for the first time were Brian and Chris Amy. Both ran extremely well with Chris finishing in 88.45 for 4057th place and Brian in 94.40 for 5742nd.
Despite the conditions this was a wonderful event and definitely one to recommend to club members for next year.