Women who have been inspired by the This Girl Can fitness campaign are being invited to take a special place at this year's Morrisons Great South Run 5K.

There will be a special women-only wave of runners at the event, which takes place on Saturday, October 24, the day before the world-famous 10-mile Morrisons Great South Run.

Places in the wave are open to all women who have been fired up by Sport England's This Girl Can: Running campaign.

The This Girl Can campaign, which is aimed at getting women of all shapes and sizes to take up exercise, has run popular TV adverts and has been a hit on social media.

Sam Mollaghan, a mum of three from Bournemouth who starred in the television advert, will fire the starting gun to set the runners on their way, before running the 5k herself.

Every woman who signs up to the This Girl Can wave will be given a This Girl Can race number, temporary tattoo and sweatband.

Kate Dale of Sport England said: “Fear of judgment is stopping many of us from taking part in exercise. But as thousands of women are proving, it really doesn't have to.

“This Girl Can: Running is a celebration of women up and down the country who are running, jogging or walking their way to a more active lifestyle. We're really pleased to be teaming up with Great Run to offer women a taste of the This Girl Can ethos at such a brilliant event.”
 
Philippa Morrow of The Great Run Company added: “If you're new to running or keen to give it a go, we'd love to see you at this year's Morrisons Great South Run 5K in the This Girl Can wave.
 
“It's the perfect opportunity to join like-minded women in a fun event that will give you a great reason to keep on running, jogging or walking.” 

The Morrisons Great South Run 5K is not just for women – it's a hugely popular event for any first-time runner looking to take their first steps towards a longer distance.

With not a hill in sight, Southsea provides a flat course alongside a beautiful backdrop, with perfect views of the Isle of Wight across the Solent and Spinnaker Tower.

To get involved simply tick the box on the entry form to let us know you want to be part of the This Girl Can wave.

If you have already entered and would like to run in this wave you will need to email info@greatrun.org using the subject line 'This Girl Can', and indicate you'd like to be included, by 10am on Monday 14 September.

Click here to find out more and enter the Morrisons Great South Run 5k