Great South Run
|Great South Run|
|Location||Portsmouth, United Kingdom|
|Distance||10 mile (16.09 km)|
Joseph Ebuya 45:15
Sonia O'Sullivan 51:00
|Official site||Great South Run|
The Great South Run is an annual 10 mile (16.09 km) road running race which takes place in Portsmouth, United Kingdom providing an intermediate distance between the ten kilometre and the half marathon (21.097 km) runs. Launched in 1990, it is part of the Great Run series created by former British athlete Brendan Foster. It was originally held in Southampton, but the race moved to its current course after the first edition.
The Great South Run has become one of Europe's most popular mass participation races over 10 miles, with a record 21,000 entries for the 2009 race. Although the elite race is an IAAF Gold Label Road Race which attracts some of the most successful professional runners, it is not a recognised distance for purposes of IAAF records. World record holder Paula Radcliffe and 2007 World Champion Luke Kibet are among the past winners. The event is currently sponsored by Simplyhealth. Previous sponsors were Morrisons (2015), Bupa (1993–2014) and Diet Coke (1990–1992). The 2016 race didn't have a major sponsor.
The 1999 edition of the race was selected to be the Amateur Athletic Association 10-mile championships that year. In 2021, British runner Eilish McColgan set the current women's record of 50:42.  Paula Radcliffe won the women's race in 2008 in a time of 51 minutes 11 seconds, a new British record. Kenyan runner Joseph Ebuya won the 2010 edition in 45:15 minutes, which was a significant improvement upon the previous UK all-comers record held by the 1995 winner Benson Masya.
Channel 5 broadcasts The Great South Run every year.
Key: Course record
|Edition||Year||Men's winner||Time (m:s)||Women's winner||Time (m:s)|
|1st||1990||Marti ten Kate (NED)||47:52||Alison Gooderham (GBR)||56:09|
|2nd||1991||Thomas Naali (TAN)||47:11||Olga Bondarenko (URS)||53:16|
|3rd||1992||Boay Akonay (TAN)||47:04||Iulia Negura (ROM)||53:19|
|4th||1993||Gary Staines (GBR)||46:11||Iulia Negura (ROM)||53:01|
|5th||1994||Gary Staines (GBR)||47:00||Gitte Karlshøj (DEN)||54:49|
|6th||1995||Benson Masya (KEN)||45:56||Liz McColgan (GBR)||53:12|
|7th||1996||Gary Staines (GBR)||46:57||Derartu Tulu (ETH)||52:39|
|8th||1997||Christopher Kelong (KEN)||46:53||Liz McColgan (GBR)||52:00|
|9th||1998||Stéphane Franke (GER)||47:40||Marian Sutton (GBR)||54:17|
|10th||1999||Simon Kasimili (KEN)||47:42||Esther Kiplagat (KEN)||54:42|
|11th||2000||Gert Thys (RSA)||48:26||Restituta Joseph (TAN)||55:10|
|12th||2001||Khalid Skah (MAR)||46:17||Restituta Joseph (TAN)||52:36|
|13th||2002||Simon Kasimili (KEN)||47:27||Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL)||51:00|
|14th||2003||John Yuda (TAN)||46:35||Sonia O'Sullivan (IRL)||53:26|
|15th||2004||Hendrick Ramaala (RSA)||47:14||Benita Johnson (AUS)||52:32|
|16th||2005||John Yuda (TAN)||46:45||Derartu Tulu (ETH)||51:27|
|17th||2006||Simon Arusei (KEN)||47:17||Jo Pavey (GBR)||52:46|
|18th||2007||Luke Kibet (KEN)||47:31||Rose Cheruiyot (KEN)||53:44|
|19th||2008||Bernard Kipyego (KEN)||46:42||Paula Radcliffe (GBR)||51:11|
|20th||2009||Mo Farah (GBR)||46:25||Inês Monteiro (POR)||52:32|
|21st||2010||Joseph Ebuya (KEN)||45:15||Grace Momanyi (KEN)||52:03|
|22nd||2011||Leonard Komon (KEN)||46:18||Aselefech Mergia (ETH)||52:55|
|23rd||2012||Stephen Mokoka (RSA)||46:40||Jo Pavey (GRB)||53:01|
|24th||2013||Emmanuel Bett (KEN)||48:03||Florence Kiplagat (KEN)||53:53|
|25th||2014||James Rungaru (KEN)||46:31||Belaynesh Oljira (ETH)||52:40|
|26th||2015||Moses Kipsiro (UGA)||46:00||Vivian Cheruiyot (KEN)||51:17|
|27th||2016||Chris Thompson (GBR)||47:23||Tirunesh Dibaba (ETH)||51:49|
|28th||2017||Chris Thompson (GBR)||48:32||Gemma Steel (GBR)||55:25|
|29th||2018||Chris Thompson (GBR)||46:56||Eilish McColgan (GBR)||54:43|
|30th||2019||Marc Scott (GBR)||46:57||Eilish McColgan (GBR)||51:38|
|2020||Event cancelled due to Covid-19|
|31st||2021||Jack Rowe (GBR)||47:20||Eilish McColgan (GBR)||50:43|
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