Great South Run Great South Run

Great South Run

Portsmouth, Hampshire

The Pyramids Centre, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, PO5 3ST, UK

Sun 15th October 2023

1 charity place




Plan your journey in advance, but please do not arrive more than 30 minutes before your scheduled start time Make sure you have the NHS Track and Trace app on your phone and check into the event using the QR code on your race number once you arrive Bring a face covering to wear before and after the race, bring hand sanitiser.

Read, check and read again our pre–event emails and communications for last minute advice and instruction.

Be considerate, taking part this year might not be about your P.B. As a running community we need to be aware and personally responsible when we run, so we can all enjoy the event while staying safe.

Maintain social distancing, look out for and adhere to all signage on course, at the start and finish Please use the multiple hand sanitiser stations around the site and when you see them Please use private transport where possible.

There is likely to be restrictions around spectators at the event, please check your pre-race emails and our websites for details closer to the time.

Great Run has provided covid-19 safety information for this event.

Organiser's Description

The AJ Bell Great South Run is probably the world’s favourite 10-miler, with inspiring history, salty air and glorious sea views guaranteed. Portsmouth’s supporters will keep your spirits and motivation up the whole way round, with blaring music, cheers, high fives, fist bumps all part of the incredible AJ Bell Great South Run experience.

Plus, there’s a medal, exclusive finisher t-shirt and bragging rights at the finish line. There’s a reason 99% of runners say they’d recommend it to a friend – lots of reasons, in fact.

Charity places

  • Alzheimer's Society

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    10 Miles


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The Pyramids Centre, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 3ST

What's Included


We’re here to help you be your greatest, so before the big day you’ll get…

- Your personal run pack sent to you in the post, with your run number and timing chip

- Access to training plans to keep you on track

- Exclusive offers and competitions from our partners and sponsors

- Support and advice all the way up to event day

- Regular emails keeping you motivated and moving

- A huge supportive and inclusive social community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to help you on your running journey


Other than all the good vibes, fitness and mental health benefits you’ll also get…

- Access to the free Great Run app to allow your loved ones to track your progress along the route as well as access to all event information

- Access to the Great Run information point for any last minute queries (or safety pins)

- Closed roads offering a safe running environment

- Food and drink options to refuel

- A shiny new medal, an exclusive finishers t-shirt plus a finisher’s bag filled with goodies

- Plenty of medical support all around our routes should you ever need any assistance

- A huge round of applause as you cross the finish


Obviously you’ll have bragging rights for the foreseeable, but you’ll also get…

- Official event day photos available to view and purchase a couple of days after the event, so smile for the cameras!

- Your official result ready shortly after you cross the finish line

- Runners Rewards – access to special offers for participants, from our partners and sponsors as a well done.

How To Get There

Portsmouth has an excellent public transport system, so please consider these options wherever possible.

If you live in the Portsmouth area then please consider using the bus. For local travel information visit

A bike park will be available within the D-Day Museum car park. For further information and cycle routes go to and select the Visitor Information tab.

Park and Sail with Gosport Ferry - one of the easiest and most relaxing ways to get to and from the event is to take the short ferry journey from Gosport to Portsmouth Harbour.

Runners should plan to arrive in the city by 8:00 to allow plenty of time to get to the start.


There is a temporary event car park on Southsea Common at a charge of £10 per vehicle.

There are several other car parks away from the main road closures which will minimise your exit out of the city and are just a short walk from the main event site. For information go to and select the Visitor Information tab.

Course Details

Starting and finishing on Clarence Esplanade in Southsea, the fast and flat course takes you through Old Portsmouth before entering the Historic Dockyard. Here you run past the Royal Navy’s current naval ships, and some of the most famous in the world – including HMS Victory, HMS Warrior and the Mary Rose museum.

After exiting the Dockyard you reach the halfway point on Winston Churchill Avenue, before making your way back towards Southsea Common, where you’ll complete the final two miles on the scenic seafront.

The course features charity cheering points, boost zones, bands on the run and unrivalled support from local residents and spectators.


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6 reviews


·3 years ago

Everything an event runner needs... except parking. Historically Portsmouth is an island, now connected with the rest of the mainland by a handful of roads, backed by some steep hills and cliffs. The impact of this geography is that as Portsmouth has grown, there has been nowhere for the population to 'spread,' which means the city is one of the most densely populated in Europe, which means that car-parking spaces are few and far between! It is worth persevering to find a parking space however, or - even better - using public transport, as the Great South Run is genuinely great. The 10 mile distance makes it accessible to newer runners looking for a challenge while the flat course offers a PB opportunity for more experienced runners who want to stretch their legs. The course is closed to traffic, well-marshalled, has water and feed stations, and has plenty of interest as it passes through the historic dockyard and along the seafront. The presence of elite runners, such as Eilish McColgan in 2018 and 2019, is a rare chance for amateur runners to see their heroes in action... and, wow, Eilish McColgan is so much faster in real life than on a screen! Online registration is easy and the administration on the day is excellent, with runners grouped by colour based on pace which means that every participant will be surrounded by others of a similar pace. There are plenty of toilets at the start / finish, entertainment at various stages around the course, mass warm-up activities, group and individual photos, bins for empty bottles and discarded clothing, and an excellent finishers' medal / goody bag combo. My personal highlight, apart from seeing Eilish McColgan, was being cheered on by a couple of street-sweepers who had paused while cleaning-up discarded bottles at one of the water stations, which just goes to show how enthusiasm becomes contagious at such well-attended events. In summary, I will definitely do the Great South Run again... but might try to balance it with the Great North Run first!

·3 years ago

Great South Run. Well organized, great crowds, fast course. Excellent

·3 years ago

Lives up to its name... Great. I did this event last year. Back then it was my first “distance” run. Since then I’ve done a few longer runs, but was rally looking forward to coming back. What a come back. Managed to set my personal best for 10K, 15K and 10 miles - by 13 minutes. A great course and a great atmosphere.

·3 years ago

love this event. I've done The Great South Run for the last 3 years and I've loved every one of them. Well organised event, nice scenic flat route and great atmosphere

·3 years ago

A fantastic event all round.. It was the very first time for me to run at the Simply Health Great South Run and over a distance of 10 miles. The atmosphere was electrifying all around the entire course. Seeing Elite Athletes also taking part is also inspiring too. It was one of the best ever events I have taken part in to date. Everyone from the race Organisers down to the volunteers who put in endless hours and work to make it such an success in many ways. The entertainment everywhere was just the sight to inspire you on. The support from the crowd calling out your name was simply the motivation to keep you going right to the end. Overall I will give the Simply Health Great South Run a score of 5 out of 5. I will be definitely attending this event in 2020 and look forward to enjoying the unbelievable experience all over again. Highly recommended event to anyone.

·3 years ago

Efficiently run event, nice and flat, good finishers goodies. Lucky with the weather again. Lots of loos, good elite field to inspire us. Fast course if a touch long. Good quality T-shirt and nice medal. Some Kelloggs and Clif edibles in the bag and a tin of tuna (give it to your cat).
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Portsmouth, Hampshire

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