Ainslie Launches Great South Run


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Former Peter Symonds student Sir Ben Ainslie has got this year’s Great South Run underway with the official launch – in support of the Andrew Simpson Sailing Foundation.

The run is held in October each year and attracts runners from all over Hampshire for the noted flat route through some of Portsmouth’s dockyard and famous landmarks.

Sir Ben is the most successful Olympic sailor of all time and appeared on the front cover of the very first edition of Winchester Today in July 2012, just ahead of the London Olympics.

He’s raising money in memory of sailor Andrew ‘Bart’ Simpson, who tragically lost his life in an America’s Cup training accident in May 2013: “The Foundation is totally reliant on financial support – so to be associated with the Great South Run is fantastic.

“We’re extremely grateful to be involved , and for all those people that are helping to support the charity.”

The Great South Run takes place in Portsmouth on Sunday 23 October. You can get more details here.

It’s the world’s leading 10-mile running event, with nearly 30,000 people taking part in four events across two days. Those who have participated include Liz McColgan, Paula Radcliffe, Sonia O’Sullivan and Mo Farah who won the men’s race in 2009.


Picture: Great Run Company / Peter Langdown