Brothers cross Great South Run finish line together

Brothers Rob Dunne (left) and Anthony Dunne after crossing the line together
Brothers Rob Dunne (left) and Anthony Dunne after crossing the line together

Sibling rivalry could not stop two brothers from crossing the finishing of the Great South Run together.

Fundraisers Anthony and Robert Dunne have told of their pride at completing the iconic 10-mile race in Portsmouth on Sunday.

The duo were part of swell of 25,000 runners competing in this year’s spectacle, which was broadcast live on national television.

The brothers - who both went to school at St Philip Howard in Barnham - crossed the line in a time of 1hr 32min.

Robert, 29, of Chichester, was tackling the race for the third time and managed to persuade his younger brother Anthony to make his Great South Run debut.

He said: “The atmosphere here is always incredible. It was just awesome being here again.

“It is getting harder and harder each year. But crossing the finishing line is just a brilliant, fantastic feeling.”

Anthony - who actually crossed the finishing line one second before his brother - said the race was exhausting.

The 27-year-old, who studies at The University of Portsmouth, said it was great to have his big brother encouraging him along the route.

He said: “It was tough. I was exhausted by mile seven. But the crowds were great in encouraging us.

“It was good having Rob along with me. I’m normally exhausted by mile five.”

The pair were raising money for children’s charity the NSPCC.

Anthony has been a volunteer with the organisation for more than a year and helps to protect vulnerable youngsters from being abused.

So far the pair have raised £275 of their £300 target.

Speaking of the charity, Anthony said: “This is all about getting children to speak about neglect and making sure that they have a voice.”

To sponsor the brothers, go to www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Anthony-Dunne1