How to enter the Simplyhealth Great South Run
- Run 5km
- Run 10mi
- Run 2.5km
- Run 1.5km
- Run 2.5km
- Run 1.5km
Simplyhealth Great South Run routes
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’re 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 have the bonus of the 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.
Frequently Asked Questions
Simplyhealth Great South Run weather forecast
Possible drizzle in the morning.
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