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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 scenic journey through the historic naval city of Portsmouth, including past the historic HMS Victory. Come for the memorable atmosphere, a fast, flat course and an incredible seaside start and finish. Brought to you by the people behind the Great North Run, the worlds biggest half marathon.
5k - Saturday, Mini - Saturday, Junior - Saturday, and 1 more
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Sat 15th Oct 2022 - Sun 16th Oct 2022
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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Southsea, Portsmouth, UK
Start times
Sat 15th Oct 2022
5k - Saturday:
10:00am |
Mini - Saturday:
12:00pm |
Junior - Saturday:
Sun 16th Oct 2022
10 Miles - Sunday:
Event summary
Here are the distances available for Great South Run
5k - Saturday
10 Miles - Sunday
Junior - Saturday
Mini - Saturday
Route information
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 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 10 Mile Race 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.
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What's included
  • Bespoke finishers medal
  • Exclusive finishers t-shirt
  • Finishers goodie bag
  • Free training plan
  • Oncourse music entertainment zones to keep you motivated
  • Incredible crowd support
  • Access to local Runner Reward offers
  • Pre-race training advice and motivation
  • 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
  • Oncourse hydration stations
  • Post event finisher village with activations and giveaways
  • Chip-timed results
  • Closed roads
  • Marked and marshalled route
  • Full medical support
How to get there
Southsea, Portsmouth, UK
Get full directionsExternalLink
Public Transport
Due to the number of participants, it is advised that you use public transport.
Event day logistics
10:00 5k starts
12:00 Mini race starts
13:00 Junior race starts
10:35 Great South Run starts
*All timings are subject to change, and confirmed start times will be released closer to the event date and communicated to all entrants by Great Run.
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.
Age Requirements
Great South Run entries are open to runners aged 16 & over for the 10 Mile event and, and 14 & over for the 5k.
The Junior Race for children aged 9 - 15. The Mini race is for children aged 3 - 8, all Mini entrants must run with a parent.
Race Packs
Race numbers will be included in your race pack which will be sent to entrants approximately 2 weeks before the event. This will include your timing chip, wave colour, arrival time, and approximate start time.
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.
Bag Drop
A self-service bag drop will be available for all runners on event day. All runners need to fill out their bag label (which is detached from their race number) and attach it to their bag before dropping it off. There will be security staff present but the organisers cannot accept any responsibility for lost/stolen items.
Live Photos
Your official race photos from the run will go LIVE the moment you pass a MarathonPhotos.Live photographer at points around the course.
Share your race number with family and friends and they can register to be notified as soon as your photos are online, as well as track your progress around the course.
Results will be published hereExternalLink after the event.
55 reviews
SceneryStunning scenery
FriendlyFaceFriendly atmosphere
CrowdsIncredible crowds
Did the race in 2021
Great to be there! The atmosphere was amazingWill do again next year. Perhaps some more goodies in the bag at the end would be good, such as some fruit?
Did the race in 2021
good course, for a fast ten-miler. I ran this with friends for a good cause and didn't go for any PB. It is a pricey event, but you can get 25% off early bird, but you have to be quick! Support on course is good and great atmosphere.
Christine perrior cp
Did the race 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 .
Did the race 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
Did the race 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
Did the race 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!
Did the race in 2018
Great day, if you want to run a great run and hit a personal best this is it!👍🏻 Weather permitting 😂
Did the race 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
Did the race in 2018
Amazing run through a historic city, great support from the enthusiastic spectators, great finish line
Jodie A
Did the race 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.
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