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Great South Run

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Take on one of the iconic races in the British running calendar. The wonderful route takes runners on a journey through the historic naval city of Portsmouth, including past the historic HMS Victory. Come for the memorable atmosphere and your unique medal.

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Tickets available until Sat Oct 16 2021

What's included:

  • Finisher's medal
  • Event t-shirt
  • Goodie bag
  • Chip-timed results
  • Live tracking
  • Food and drink stations
  • Medical support on course
5k
Sun 17th Oct 2021

Run 5km

£25.00
10 Miles
Sun 17th Oct 2021

Run 10mi

£46.00
Junior 2.5k
Sun 17th Oct 2021

Run 2.5km

£19.00
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4.9
50 reviews
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
ThumbsUpWell organized
SceneryStunning scenery
Christine perrior cp
Star
5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2019
I’ve done the great south run 11years and it’s always a great day but this year was the best one to date . The crowds really support when your running round and staff really helpful . … read more
Cb
Star
5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
I have done the Great south three times. I love this race and would recommend it. My children have also done the junior race on the Saturday. Hotels are great. We stay at the holiday Inn, and I can leave my car in their car park until I have finished my run on the Sunday. Lovely run, lovey views. … read more
Richard N
Star
5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
I run in the 1990 first Great South in Southampton after which the event came and remained in Portsmouth. Since then I marked notable birthdays e.g. 60th & 65th. The course scenery, location and atmosphere is spectacular. If travelling to the event I would recommend having a long weekend & making the most of the location. Good event for accompanying non runners.… read more
Frequently asked questions
FAQ
What time does the Great South Run start?
Your start time and wave allocation will be based on your estimated finish time when you enter. You can determine what wave you are in by looking at your race number, which you will receive in your race pack.… read more
FAQ
Can I wear headphones when running the Great South Run?
Yes, the roads will be closed off for the event. Make sure to be aware of your surroundings though, for your safety.… read more
FAQ
When will I receive my Race Pack for the Great South Run?
Packs are sent out approximately two weeks prior to the event.… read more
Route description
Route description

This iconic event takes you on a historic route, on a course steeped in history. Runners will fly past naval landmarks such as the incredible HMS Victory in Portsmouth's Dockyard. You will also see cathedrals and castles on your way to the amazing seafront finish line.

The flat and fast course is appropriate for runners of all abilities, so anyone can come and soak up the buzzing atmosphere created by the thousands of runners, the music on course and the entertainment zones every mile.

This televised event is hugely popular so make sure you get yourself a spot on the start line!

Junior & Mini Races

Junior Race
Distance: 2.5k
Ages: 9 to 15

Mini Race
Distance: 1.5k
Ages: 3 to 8

Taking place the day before the Half Marathon and 10k these two races for children make this a weekend event for the whole family. There will be encouragement throughout, a medal and goodies at the finish and that finish line feeling we all know and love. These wonderful races will inspire a budding athlete in your little ones and a life long love of being active.

Children will get a medal they can show off to their friends and edible treats when they cross the finish line! Not only that, there will also be spot prizes for the best fancy dress!

Adult Assistance

Children in the Mini Race must be accompanied by an adult, and each child must be registered in the race.

Adults do not have to run with children in the Junior Race, but they can if they request to if they wish.

Christine perrior cp
Star
5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2019
I’ve done the great south run 11years and it’s always a great day but this year was the best one to date . The crowds really support when your running round and staff really helpful .
Cb
Star
5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
I have done the Great south three times. I love this race and would recommend it. My children have also done the junior race on the Saturday. Hotels are great. We stay at the holiday Inn, and I can leave my car in their car park until I have finished my run on the Sunday. Lovely run, lovey views.
Richard N
Star
5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
I run in the 1990 first Great South in Southampton after which the event came and remained in Portsmouth. Since then I marked notable birthdays e.g. 60th & 65th. The course scenery, location and atmosphere is spectacular. If travelling to the event I would recommend having a long weekend & making the most of the location. Good event for accompanying non runners.
Colin G
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5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
An awesome event with such history - amazing to see people who have run every single year still doing the full 10 miles! The course is fantastic and the event really well organised from start to finish - loads of entertainment points, booming tunes, cheer zones and tonnes of support. Add this one to your calendar or bucket list!
Star
5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
Great day, if you want to run a great run and hit a personal best this is it!👍🏻 Weather permitting 😂
Star
4.7
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
I love this event. It is one of my annual races now. The route is flat wirh a nice sea view at the start and end of the course. There is plenty on offer at the race village with plenty of refreshments stalls and post race massage. The volunteers are very helpful in helping you find your way around.
Mike B
Star
5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
Amazing run through a historic city, great support from the enthusiastic spectators, great finish line
Jodie A
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5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
The event has a great atmosphere along the whole route. It’s a flat route so perfect for PBs and running through the dockyard is amazing. Parking is available on the common and the Park and Ride can be a bit hit and miss, but that aside, it’s an annual challenge for me and my husband, and now our 3 year old will be joining this year for the Mini.
Naomi C
Star
5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
Everything about this Run was how it was described and more so much so I went straight home and signed up with the lovely ladies I ran it with last year for this year. We have also sold (as in signed up) it to some other people too! The only little blip on the day was one of my friends was given a medal for the wrong race but was exchanged straight away to the correct one. The organisation, marshals, atmosphere and support from the crowds was awesome, can’t wait for this, this year as the training for me hasn’t been easy but I know on the day all of the above will get me over the finish line!
Simon W
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5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
Parking on the common and plenty of logos available pre run. Nice course and great atmosphere all way round.
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5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
The most wonderful experience I have had since I started running. Absolutely loved the support all along the way and the finish was amazing. I was so happy to have run the race that I immediately signed up for 2019!!!
Jackie j
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5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
A great course weather was a tad warm great run in along seafront at the end love 10 miles a nice distance
Audrey C
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5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
I really enjoyed this run. Great scenery, excellent parking and start very well organised. Long queues for portaloos but thats to be expected with such a big event (the queues did move quite quickly). My only issue is with leaving Portsmouth afterwards - my advice, hang around a bit and wait until roads are fully open. I walked along the seafront towards Portsmouth and had lunch before leaving (mind you I wouldn't have wanted to do this if the weather hadn't been so good). I will be back next year as this race is easy for me to get to.
Star
5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
Well organised from start to finish as well as before and after.According to Stu “it’s always Sunny in Pompey” and 2018 was no exception.The crowd were amazing and a crafty sip of Guinness at the Eastney Tavern added to the sheer joy of the day
Sue R
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5.0
Did the 10 Miles in 2018
I’ve run the Great South for 3 years. Great organisation, good flat course and fantastic organisation. Everything from the info issued by email in advance to help on the day can’t be faulted. Looking forward to 2019!
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2018
Great flat course, enthusiast marshals and fab goody bag and tee. Lots of support around the course for all levels of competitors.
Star
3.7
Did the race in 2018
Overall a good race but:Park and ride was advertised as shut - but it was open....Atmosphere flatter than previous yearsCost is pretty steep - marathon price for a 10 miler
Star
4.3
Did the race in 2017
A fantastic event really well organised and the flat course is great for a PB attempt!....just as long as there is no headwind on the final 2 miles...this adds to the challenge!
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Really good flat course and large support groups always help you get round.
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Perfect race conditions, great Course and crowds!!
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
awesome, love the event best of the year
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2017
Expensive to enter for a 10 mile race.Good overall experience but not a place to get a pb despite the flat - as its too crowded.Great support and in good weather a good run
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Keep an eye on the weather and bring an old top if it is very cold
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
The event is brilliant. It's fast, flat and the atmosphere and support is the best I've experienced.It's on the coast, so it can get cold and windy. You might want to wear an old top to keep warm which you can discard when the race starts.Access to the event is super easy and there is shed-loads of parking....it's just those last two miles along the seafront... so tough. But good.
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
I have run this great 10 mile in 2016, 2017 & have already booked my place for 2018. It has been pretty cold each year and it's definitely worth wearing warm clothes that you can throw to the side just before the start. They are collected and given to charity, much better than a bin bag that some people wore.
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2017
Really flat course so great for good times. Just beware that you run west for the last mile or so which often means into a sea breeze/ headwind
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2017
4 years I have ran this race. It just gets better! The atmosphere is so good. No matter your ability this run is worth while. Its well organised, great route and fantastic challenge, wether its a PB, longest run or just for fun this run offeres something for everyone!
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Nope, anything that was required had been answered via the main website details or the support email
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
I thought it was brilliant, and definitely one of the best races I did in 2017. The course was enjoyable, pretty flat and had a lot of crowd support. I enjoyed the short section near the end where we passed others runners and managed to spot my slower husband going the other way as I got into my sprint finish! The one thing I found was that the queues for the toilets were massive, and I had to leap one of the barriers to make my start time - so definitely make sure youve plenty of time!! And maybe bring your own loo roll!
Star
4.3
Did the race in 2017
Only thing that let's this event down is the bag drop off. The queue is always way too long and so many people miss the start of race and warm up. It's such a shame as everything else is perfect.
Star
4.7
Did the race in 2017
Loved it more than I thought I would !I went to Uni in Portsmouth and half thought the weather is going to be shocking ! The weather was fine and even the wind at the end couple miles didnt phase me :) great support and a super flat course !It helped that I had lovely friends and company to run with!Only thing which couldnt be helped on the day is the baggage area was a little bit haphazard on the day !
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Its always a fantastic event, with a great set up and atmosphere. Compared to other events ive Done in london etc, the operation always seems to run smoothly. Its also a good course for spectators. The bands at every mile are also a great addition!
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Its a fabulous event and a great course - just a shame the storm put paid to fast times. Just one criticism is the lack of recognition for Veteran/ Masters athletes at the Great Runs. I was 1st over 50 at Portsmouth and any other race would present age group prizes.
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
No, all really well organised. Would help though if runners went into correct waves as you get stuck behind slow runners at start
Star
4.0
Did the race in 2017
Great experience although ended up treating it as a hard training run as I didnt taper for it. Only thing to add perhaps was a big unexpected congestion to drop the bags in the bagging area which made the way to the start line in time an extra bit more stressful. Otherwise great running t-shirt, medal and good atmosphere. Didnt enjoy the strong headwind in the last 2 miles, though!
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Really well organised, very positive atmosphere only thing that couldve been better was the wind.
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Baggage queue prior to the race was far longer than previous years.
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Amazing atmosphere and a nice flat course. I will definitely do this race again next year and have recommended it to others
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
I have done this race more times than I can remember and I have always enjoyed it. A flat course with lots is support. Well organised and a great atmosphere. My kids have done the mini and junior runs and we have also done the 5k. Theres lots to do in and around Portsmouth and Southsea - so why not make a weekend of it. I come from Milton Keynes, but that is what we do, and we love it!
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
I put alot of effort into this race. Trained hard and drove over 150 miles to take part. I was hoping the race would not dissappoint and it didn't. The organisation was amazing! Everything went so smoothly. Baggage was spot on. The build up the race was great and really motivated me. I started pretty near the front and didn't get boxed in behind slower runners which also was cool. When i went through the finish they had everything laid out really well and i got my medal and goody bag. The results were up very fast too. Amazing day out ! Defintley want to do it again this year!
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Course was brilliant. Well organised. Friendly. Lots of crowd support despite the winds.
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Luckily we'd traveled down to Portsmouth early and got one of the last few spaces at the park and ride outside the city, any later would have been in trouble. Will park at the seafront this year. Course is lovely and flat, had a headwind for the final 1.5 miles so dont burn yourself out too quickly!
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Very well organised event, and fantastic day.
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Always an awesome race; I sign up every year!! Watch for the wind in the last couple of miles but generally fast and flat
Star
3.7
Did the race in 2017
Route is the best Ive ran, Flat and Fast which is always good. Brilliant sights evenly split around the route. Start line was poorly organised with the start areas poorly policed and people running through or jumping in. Baggage drop off was the single worst Ive ever experienced! Dreadful. The bands/music along the route was well organised though. Atmosphere was ok, patches of heavy crowds, but also empty patches.
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Love this race first run in 2000 my one race I have to run each year unless injured shame it dont follow the original route through the dockyard in through the hard gate out through unicorn gate
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
Enjoy the atmosphere
Star
4.3
Did the race in 2017
The bag drop off could have been better sign posted, I had to ask twice before I found it, other than that I did a PB despite the strong wind at the end!
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
The race itself was excellently organised. The atmosphere was brilliant, plenty of support around the course (medics, drink stations etc.) and the route was clear and on a good surface. The start was great with the warm up and it was a very easy finishing area to navigate through. The facilities, event, course and general atmosphere was fantastic and Ill be trying to get in to do it again next year! Just beware the last 2km down the coast, the wind is brutal!!
Star
5.0
Did the race in 2017
I'm not one to glibly give 5 stars in a review, but the GSR2017 really was a five star event. The course was flat and fast, and also picturesque. The encouragement from locals and the atmosphere was incredible, far exceeding what I expected. I think the only minor complaint was that I was unclear where and how to leave bags, though I got there in the end. I also had a problem with my chip time, but the techies quickly corrected my official time when I linked them to my Strava track.Overall, 10/10 would race again.
4.9
50 reviews
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
ThumbsUpWell organized
SceneryStunning scenery
Logistics and schedule

Start Times

Your start time and wave allocation will be based on your estimated finish time when you enter. You can determine what wave you are in by looking at your race number, which you will receive in your race pack.

The background colour of the race number and letter will determine which zone runners are in. Full details of wave assembly points and start times can be found in your race pack and in the information guide which can be downloaded from the event page on the website.

Age Requirements

Great South Run entries are open to runners aged 16 & over for the 10 mile race, and 14 & over for the 5k.

Race Pack

Your race pack will be sent out in the post approximately 2 weeks before the event, it will include your race number and your timing chip.

Once you have received your race pack, you must read all the information as this is important preparation and will make sure you enjoy your day.

You do not need to register on the day.

There will be Great Run Information points on the day for if you have any last minute queries.

Sweep Vehicle

There are no cut-off times but there is a sweep vehicle as the organiser is under pressure to open the closed roads.

This travels at a 17-minute mile pace. If you fall behind this vehicle you will be asked to complete the remainder of the course on the pavement.

Junior & Mini Race Age Restrictions

  • The Junior Race for children aged 9 - 15.
  • The Mini race is for children aged 3 - 8

Mini entrants must run with a parent.

Spectators

Supporters will have access to the free Great Run app so your loved ones can track your progress along the route.

How to get there

Southsea, Portsmouth, UK

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By Car

The race start is on Clarence Esplanade, just on the South Coast in Southsea, just south of Portsmouth. Portsmouth can be accessed from the M27 or the A3.

By Train

Portsmouth and Southsea Station and Fratton Station are approximately 2 miles from the race start.

Frequently asked questions
FAQ
What time does the Great South Run start?
Your start time and wave allocation will be based on your estimated finish time when you enter. You can determine what wave you are in by looking at your race number, which you will receive in your race pack.
FAQ
Can I wear headphones when running the Great South Run?
Yes, the roads will be closed off for the event. Make sure to be aware of your surroundings though, for your safety.
FAQ
When will I receive my Race Pack for the Great South Run?
Packs are sent out approximately two weeks prior to the event.
FAQ
How do I view my race results for the Great South Run?
To view your race results please visit www.greatrun.org/results Make sure the correct event is highlighted and then you can search by your Race Number or Surname.
FAQ
Do I need to register on the day for the Great South Run?
No, you do not need to register on the day. Please make sure you read all the information you receive in your Race Pack.
FAQ
Is there somewhere I can go if I have a query on race day at the Great South Run?
Yes! There will be Great Run Information points on the day for if you have any last minute queries.
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5k
Sun 17th Oct 2021
£25.00
10 Miles
Sun 17th Oct 2021
£46.00
Junior 2.5k
Sun 17th Oct 2021
£19.00
Mini 1.5k (Ages 3-8)
Sun 17th Oct 2021
£19.00

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