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Image: The Very Reverend David Brindley, Dean of Portsmouth; The Canon Debbie Sutton; The Reverend Dawn Banting; Canon Chancellor Peter Leonard


Clergy and members of Portsmouth Cathedral staff will hit the pavements of Portsmouth later this month for the Great South Run in support of local charities.

The world’s leading ten-mile run, which takes place on Sunday 23rd October, will once again take in iconic landmarks around the south coast including Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, the Spinnaker Tower and Portsmouth Cathedral before finishing on Southsea’s picturesque seafront with beautiful views of the historic solent and Isle of Wight.

This year, runners from the cathedral will be raising money in support of local charities.

The Dean of Portsmouth, the Very Reverend David Brindley, Canon Chancellor Peter Leonard, Lay Canon Debbie Sutton, and parishioners Mr Mark Pittaway and Georgie Poole will all be running for The EC Roberts Centre.

The EC Roberts Centre is a unique child focused charity in Portsmouth providing a range of services across the city, as well as Havant, Gosport, Southampton, and Aldershot. The charity offers a range of services to families including helping with homelessness and relationship breakdowns.

Portsmouth Cathedral marketing coordinator John Bolt will be running again this year for The Elizabeth Foundation.

Fiona Heath, Fundraising Manager at The Elizabeth Foundation, said: “As we celebrate our 35th birthday this year we are extremely grateful to our loyal supporters such as John and his sponsors because it is down to the generosity of the general public who have enabled us to help families not only in Portsmouth and the surrounding areas but those who travel from nine counties so their deaf children can learn to listen and speak.

“This September, 84 babies and pre-school children will be joining our specialist programmes, none of which would be possible without community support.”

The weekend also features the Great South 5k, a popular event for first-time runners looking to take their first steps to the longer distance, and the Junior and Mini Great South Run, for the younger runners of the future.

The event in Portsmouth will see around 30,000 participants taking part over the weekend.

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