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Great South Run

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Challenge Awards IconChallenge Awards 3rd Place 2019
The South Coast's most epic event. This is the perfect event for families with races on offer for everyone. The course is really fast and flat and so there is no better opportunity to smash that PB than at this event. It is super friendly, well-organised and there is an amazing atmosphere.

Review summary

50 Reviews
  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere


Christine perrior cp
"I’ve done the great south run 11years and it’s always a great day but this year..."


"I have done the Great south three times. I love this race and would recommend..."


Richard N
"I run in the 1990 first Great South in Southampton after which the event came..."
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How to enter the Great South Run

  1. Great South 5K

    Run 5km
    Entry Closed
  2. 10 Miles

    Run 10mi
    Entry Closed
  3. Junior and Mini Great South Run

    Run 1km

Great South Run routes


10 Mile

Starting and finishing on Clarence Esplanade in Southsea, the fast and flat course takes you through Old Portsmouth, home of the Portsmouth Cathedral, before entering the Historic Dockyard. Here you will granted permission to 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 is steeped in history dating as far back as 1212 and features charity cheering points, boost zones, bands on the run and unrivalled support from local residents and spectators.


This fast and flat 5k course is perfect for beginner runners or those who are looking for a personal best across a shorter running route. Runners, joggers and walkers will be treated to scenic views of the Solent and the Isle of Wight as they start on Clarence Esplanade. They then head past Clarence Pier and Southsea Common before crossing the finish line close to the Pyramids Centre on the sea front.

Mini and Junior Course

Both the Junior and Mini routes start on Clarence Esplanade, opposite the Skate Park. From here, all the runners head west past the D-Day museum and Blue Reef Aquarium.

Mini runners then turn right into Serpentine Way while Junior runners head up to a turnaround point next to Mozzarella Joes. Both runs then head up Serpentine Way and down Lady’s Mile to reach Avenue De Caen. The kids then head for the finish back on Clarence Esplanade.

With a nautical themed fancy dress, it’s a fun way to get your kids excited about running and a chance to experience their own finish line moment and wear their medals with pride.

Event Details

  • Exclusive medal and t-shirt
  • Timing chip
  • Closed roads course
  • Goodie-filled finisher's pack
  • Free training and advice
  • Stunning sea views along a flat course
  • Marshalled event
  • Signed route
  • Water Stations
  • Medical Support




07:30 Southsea Common Car Park opens
08:00 Event Site and Information Point open
10:30 START of Great South Run 5K

Junior and Mini Route

07:30 Southsea Common Car Park opens
08:00 Event Site and Information Point open
12:00 START of Mini Great South Run - Wave 1
12:30 START of Mini Great South Run - Wave 2
13:00 START of Junior Great South Run - Wave 1 (Girls)
13:45 START of Junior Great South Run - Wave 2 (Boys)


10 Miles
07:00 Car parking on Southsea Common and information point opens
07:30 Baggage room opens at the Pyramid Centre
09:00 Assembly area opens
10:15 Great South Run elite women’s race start
10:19 Start of wave for fast self-propelled wheelchairs and visually impaired runners
10:35 Great South Run elite men and ORANGE wave start
10:52 Start of WHITE wave
11:09 Start of GREEN wave

Fancy dress is highly encouraged but runners are advised to keep their costumes light and breathable.

This is a great spectator's event. The atmosphere is amazing.

If you would like to volunteer for this event, please visit

Frequently Asked Questions

At what time does the Great South Run start?
The first start of the 5k run is on Saturday at 10:30. The 10 miles has starts from Sunday at 10:30.
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.
When will I receive my Race Pack?
Packs are sent out approximately two weeks prior to the event.
How do I view my race results?
To view your race results please visit Make sure the correct event is highlighted and then you can search by your Race Number or Surname.

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The Great Run Company is a United Kingdom events company specialising in the development, design, organisation and rights management of mass participation and televised sporting events. They most notably organise the Great North Run, Great South Run and Great Manchester Run annually.


Great South Run reviews (50)

4.9 out of 5 stars

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    Christine perrior cp

    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 .
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    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.
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    Richard N

    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.
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    Colin G

    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!
  • 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 😂
  • 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.
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    Mike B

    Did the 10 Miles in 2018

    Amazing run through a historic city, great support from the enthusiastic spectators, great finish line
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    Jodie A

    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.
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    Naomi C

    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!
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    Simon W

    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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