Bupa Great South Runners will hit a Wall of Sound to inspire them as they near the end of the race in Portsmouth this month, thanks to the run’s official radio station Wave 105.
Wave 105 will be entering three members of its team, as well as listeners who would like to take part, into the 25th anniversary run this October 26 to raise money for the station’s charity, Cash for Kids.
The Wave 105 Wall of Sound will be a music-filled section of the course near the nine-mile mark, where the station will play out inspirational tunes, with news journalist Michael Coombes shouting out encouragement to the 25,000 runners.
Wave 105’s multimedia solutions account executive Emily Smith, who will be running, said: “I can’t wait to take part and raise as much as I can for Cash for Kids. I’ve not run this far before though, so I’m a little anxious. Saying that, I’m sure Wave 105’s Wall of Sound will get me through those last few miles!”
Wave 105 will also hand out jelly babies, with help from Royal Marines cadets, to give a much-needed sugar boost for the final leg to the 10-mile finish line, as well as car stickers and free flags so that supporters can cheer on their friends and family in the run.
The station’s Hop on Inn will be at the event across the weekend in the charity field and reunion area next to the Pyramids.
The other Wave 105 runners will be commercial director Jon Brooks and news journalist Liz Allaway.
Jon Brooks said: “I’m looking forward to the run this year – experiencing the crowds is like having a gust of wind behind you. But most of all I’m looking forward to the Wave 105 Hop on Inn at the finish line and a well-deserved pint!”
Liz Allaway said: “I’m excited to be taking part in my first ever Great South Run, but have to say I’m a little bit nervous. I’m certainly not a natural runner, and this is the longest distance I’ve ever attempted. But I’m hoping the Portsmouth crowds will help me along if I start to flag too much!!”
Wave 105 listeners are invited to run for Cash for Kids, which supports disadvantaged and underprivileged under 18s within the region. Anyone who is keen to run on behalf of the charity still has some time to apply for a free place by going to www.wave105.com/charity.