Olympian Laura Muir has announced plans to introduce a canine run to the Great South Run programme.
Muir has recently qualified as a vet and will introduce the canine run on 20 October, where as many as 100 fit dogs and their owners are expected to take part in the 2.5km run along Southsea seafront, starting and finishing on Clarence Esplanade.
An on-site vet will be on hand on the day to deal with any emergencies. Owners are being advised to consult their vet ahead of the run to check through their dog’s training plan and ensure they are in great shape to take part.
Sponsors Simplyhealth are asking local vets and vet nurses who want to volunteer as marshals to get in touch. Muir, who is also the 1500m British record holder and World Indoor silver medallist, will be starting the race as an honorary starter.
The event is the first of its kind in the Great South Run Series and will take place before the Great South 5k.
Muir said: “I am thrilled to be part of the very first Simplyhealth Canine Run. Exercising with your dog is a great idea – it ensures that dogs get plenty of exercise and people can also benefit from an increased sense of wellbeing as a result of physical activity. I’m really looking forward to spotting some canine athletes and seeing everyone having fun together.”