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The Great South Run, takes place over a 10 mile (16 kilometer) course through the streets of Portsmouth, passing landmarks such as HMS Victory and the Spinnaker Tower. 

The course is almost flat, with minimal slopes around the course, helping make fast times achievable. 

The Great South Run will be held in Portsmouth on Sunday 22nd October 2017 and the 5K race will be held on Saturday 21st October 2017. 

Entry for both events is now open, follow this link, to register for the Great South Run 2017 use this link. Around 25,000 runners will take part in this highly popular run, raising £ millions for a wide range of charities. 

The first event, the elite womens race starts at 10:15, the whole city will be very busy, therefore the race organisers advise you should plan to arrive by 08:30 to ensure you are able to access the start area at the correct time. 

The 10 mile course is fairly flat and offers a wide range of views and historic sites along the way, such as HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and the Spinnaker Tower.

Along with the thousands of fun runners, club athletes and charity teams, will be a mix of celebrities and elite athletes from around the world.

Every year thousands of fun runners, joggers, locals, celebrities and charity runners take part in the race, raising £millions for their chosen good causes. It is estimated that more than £30 million has been raised for charities by runners in the Great South Run, since it's start in 1990. 

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More than 75 per cent of people in the Portsmouth area asked to estimate the deposit needed to buy a £250,000 new home massively overestimated how much was needed. Using the government’s Help to Buy scheme, buyers need just £12,500 for the deposit but a survey by housebuilder Barratt Homes reveals that more than 75 per cent questioned believed they would have to save at least £15,000. More than 30 per cent believed they would need to save between £25,000 and £30,000, more than double the real amount.

Adam Champion from mortgage company The New Homes Group said the figures are in line with buyers’ expectations. ‘Most people think you need at least a 10 per cent deposit on a new home when we start talking to them and are pleasantly surprised by the true figure of just five per cent,’ he said. Barratt Homes sales director Michelle Storer said the figures should be welcomed by anyone considering buying a new home.“Historically-low interest rates, together with Help to Buy and a wealth of mortgage options available at the moment, make now an excellent time to buy,” she said.

“Despite some uncertainty over Brexit the new homes market is extremely busy and the more people know about the low deposits the more people can move into their dream home.”

The survey also highlighted awareness of low deposits in the different age groups. Although everyone asked overestimated the amount needed, the amount estimated rose with age.

Those between 18-24 years old believed they would need to save an average of £19,000 for a deposit while the over-55s guessed a deposit would cost in excess of £23,000.

“Schemes such as Help to Buy are available to all ages but it is mainly first time buyers who have benefitted from the help so it is good to see the younger people are closer to the right figure,” said Michelle.

Source - Portsmouth News

CESSA

A HOUSING association is highlighting the contribution supported housing makes to Portsmouth as part of Starts at Home day.

The Church of England Soldiers’, Sailors’ & Airmen’s Housing Association (CESSA) is highlighting the campaignrun by the National Housing Federation.

Housing associations provide a range of services including sheltered accommodation, refuges for domestic violence victims, homelessness shelters and housing for those with disabilities.

CESSA has said uncertainty surrounds the future funding of supported housing.

The National Housing Federation and its members are campaigning to persuade the government to commit to ensuring that every person who needs extra support has a home that meets their needs.

Representatives from CESSA met with Portsmouth South MP Stephen Morgan, asking him to champion the cause in Parliament.

Patrick Keefe, chief executive at CESSA, said: ‘We call on the government and MPs to note the Easter report by the cross-party Parliamentary Work and Pensions Committee inquiry on supported housing. They agreed the local housing allowance is inappropriate to use as a cap on benefits and urged government to consider a new supported housing allowance, with a system of bandings for different types of provision and a cap within each band. ‘We need to ensure supported housing can continue to be provided where it is needed.’

Source - Portsmouth News

Russell Kane

THERE are big laughs in store for comedy fans as Portsmouth gets a new two-day comedy festival.

The Big Mouth Comedy Festival will take over Portsmouth Guildhall on March 10 and 11 next year.

And the first names announced are guaranteed to have you rolling in the aisles as they include Russell Kane, Andy Parsons, Seann Walsh and Paul Zerdin.

As well as top-class headliners, the weekend promises to feature cabaret-style events, open-mic sessions, ‘best of the Fringe’ preview acts and the crème de la crème of rising, local talent.

Headlining the Saturday night is multi-award-winning comedian, presenter, actor, author and scriptwriter, Russell Kane. He’s best known as the host of BBC3’s Live at the Electric and his appearances on BBC1’s Live at the Apollo, BBC3’s Unzipped, ITV2’s Celebrity Juice and I’m a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here.

Supporting Russell will be Zoe Lyons with her trademark high-energy, brilliantly observed routines. Zoe has won both the Comedian’s Comedy Award and Chortle Best Club Comic.

Sunday night sees a mixed bill of Mock The Week stalwart Andy Parsons, ‘the Lie-In King’ Seann Walsh and America’s Got Talent winner, ventriloquist, Paul Zerdin.

With doors open from midday, Dead Ringers star Jan Ravens, and comedy legends Barry Cryer and Colin Sell are the first daytime acts to be announced.

Tickets go on sale at 10am today with a range of day, evening, all-day and weekend tickets available costing from £19 to £70. More names are set to be announced over the coming months.

Source - Portsmouth News

Talbot Road

A three-bedroom house in Southsea went under the hammer for £162,000 in a bidding war.

The receivership property at 41 Talbot Road, pictured, among 138 lots being sold by Clive Emson, Britain’s largest independent regional land and property auctioneer, went for £12,000 more than the guide price.

Mike Marchant, auction valuer, said: ‘We were instructed by receivers to the sell the freehold property and there was keen bidding interest, with the final bid coming in at £12,000 above the guide price. ‘The partially refurbished house offers accommodation across three floors and is considered very worthy of the works required to complete the improvements. ‘It is considered that the property would make an ideal addition to a lettings portfolio or for resale into the local market, once the necessary works have been completed.’

Land with planning permission for a two-storey house, a three-story rear extension and double garage with hardstanding went for £55,000, which was £20,000 above the freehold guide price. It is adjacent 81 Leominster Road, Portsmouth.

St Peter’s Farm, on a 1.65-acre freehold plot at Church Lane, Hambledon, fetched £200,000. Re-available: Waterlooville Social Club at 16 Aston Road, Waterlooville. The freehold guide price was £320-340,000.

Also on the market is a freehold former rectory arranged as eight flats. Stokehurst, at 35 Anglesey Road, Alverstoke, Gosport, is currently let at £29,700 per annum. The guide price was £500,000.

Clive Emson, which works with 850 estate agents across southern England, holds the next auction at 11am at the same venue, the Ageas Bowl, on Monday, September 11th 

Source Portsmouth News - Property News