Simplyhealth Great South Run
Experience the South coast’s best 10 mile event and celebrate everything that's great about Portsmouth. If you're looking for a PB, this flat and fast course is the perfect choice for your greatest victory.
10 miles£42 BOOK
The Pyramids Centre, Clarence Esplanade, Southsea, Portsmouth, Hampshire PO5 3ST
10.15 Elite Women's race starts
10.19 Start of wave for fast self-propelled wheelchairs and visually impaired runners
10.35 Elite men and ORANGE wave start
10.52 Start of WHITE wave
11.09 Start of GREEN wave
Baggage room at the Pyramid Centre
Exclusive medal and t-shirt
Goodie-filled finisher’s pack
Timing chip for accurate results
Free training and advice
Security of closed roads
Stunning sea views along a flat course
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 travelinesw.com.
A bike park will be available within the D-Day Museum car park. For further information and cycle routes go to visitportsmouth.co.uk 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 visitportsmouth.co.uk and select the Visitor Information tab.
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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Everything an event runner needs... except parking!
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!