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Great South Run: £3m raised at Portsmouth event

Great South Run
Image caption Europe's biggest 10-mile (16km) road race was won by the Kenyan Leonard Komon

A record 24,000 runners hit the streets of Portsmouth for the 22nd Great South Run, raising some £3m for charity.

Europe's biggest 10-mile (16km) road race was won by the Kenyan Leonard Komon in 46 minutes and 18 seconds.

Apart from elite athletes, the race attracted celebrities, sports stars, club runners and fundraisers.

The run, held in Portsmouth since 1991, passes many of the city's most famous landmarks, including the Spinnaker Tower and HMS Victory.

Actor and comedian Hugh Dennis, helping raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society, had to run an extra couple of miles after parking outside of the city.

Dennis said: "I ended up parking in Eastney, so I've already run two miles just to be here which is not that sensible on the morning of a race.

"Alzheimer's is one of those diseases that people don't like to talk about very much but it is likely to affect an awful lot of us - a third of people over 65 will suffer some form of Alzheimer's.

Image caption Hugh Dennis helped raise funds for the Alzheimer's Society

"There are 750,000 with it in the UK, so it's a good charity to support."

About £3.5m has been raised for the Alzheimer's Society through the Great South Run and similar races earlier in the year.

Anna McCaughley, from the Alzheimer's Society, said of the fundraising: "It means we can support more people living with dementia and pay for more services and also it helps us ultimately to find a cure tomorrow."

One family was running in memory of Adam Brown, a Royal Marine killed in Afghanistan.

His aunt Julia Mouland said: "We decided to set up a fund to buy a beach hut down at Mudeford so Royal Marines and their families can go there after campaigns or just as a bit of rest and recuperation if they have physical or mental injuries, just to chill out really."

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