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Morrisons Great South Run

Clarence Esplanade in Southsea is transformed into a sea of colour every October, as thousands of runners don their charity vests and running kit to set off on the Morrisons Great South Run. Part of a festival of sport in Portsmouth, nearly 30,000 people take part in four events across two days, including the Morrisons Junior & Mini Great South Run and the Morrisons Great South Run 5K, staged the day before the 10 mile event. Your run packs should arrive approximately 2 weeks before event day. If for whatever reason you do not receive your pack before the day, you can come and visit the customer services team at the Information Cabin located adjacent to the skate park on Clarence Esplanade on Saturday 24 October between 14.00 and 17.00.

La course à pied ‘Morrisons Great South Run’ est la course de 10 miles la plus prestigieuse au monde. Elle aura lieu le 25 octobre à Portsmouth, dans le sud de l’Angleterre où 25000 coureurs de tous niveaux y participeront. Il y a des lignes régulières Brittany Ferries entre Portsmouth et Caen, Cherbourg, Le Havre et St Malo, rien de plus facile donc de participer à cette grande course. L’entrée est de 50 euros. Cliquez ici pour vous inscrire.


Time Morrisons Great South Run
07:00 Car parking on Southsea Common and information point open
07:30 Baggage room open
09:00 Start assembly area open
10:15 Morrisons Great South Run elite women’s race start
10:20 Morrisons Great South Run warm up
10:35 Morrisons Great South Run elite men’s race and orange wave start
10:48 Start of white wave
11:05 Start of green wave

*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event

The Course


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.

Watch the Morrisons Great South Run course guide on YouTube

Course Map

Event location

With the perfect blend of historic and modern sights, there is something for everyone in Portsmouth and Southsea.

If you are looking for things to do in the popular waterfront city, why not take a trip up Spinnaker Tower? At 170 metres high you will experience beautiful views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, head for a walk around Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and marvel at HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum, which houses Henry VIII’s flagship that sank in 1545.

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The streets around Portsmouth are always busy on Morrisons Great South Run weekend so please use alternative transport if you don’t have to bring your car. The best way to avoid the queues is by leaving the car at home and taking the train. There are a number of train stations around Portsmouth with ample car parking. Services from these stations will get you into the city in plenty of time for the start of the run and you can then walk to the Start and Finish areas. For more information on train services please visit

If you are travelling to the run by car then please remember that you don’t have to park at the official event parking on Southsea Common. As you come into the city from the motorway look out for the large digital information boards giving you real-time parking and traffic information. These screens will advise on the queuing time to the Southsea Common parking and provide directions to the nearest city centre car park to allow you to make an informed choice about where you are going to park.

There are hundreds of parking spaces within a 15 minute walk of the main event site in car parks around Portsmouth. It’s worth noting that the majority of the city centre car parks are away from the main road closures and as such will allow you to exit the city without as much of a delay after you have finished your run.

If you are looking to make a bit of a day of it and are in no rush to get away then use the parking on Southsea Common. Please note that there is a charge of £5 to park on the Common – parking in the city centre varies in price.



Why not make a weekend of it and avoid the rush and the queues on Saturday morning by staying in Portsmouth overnight? For more information visit Nirvana Europe also offer a variety of combined hotel and travel packages. Please visit for more information.



Any athlete wishing to compete via an elite entry for the Great South Run must meet the following criteria:

10 mile51.0060.00
Half M69.0080.00

Other standards considered:

  • Top 20 placing at National Senior XC Championships
  • Any athletes (Junior/ U23 / Senior) that have represented Great Britain at XC/ road or track (at 1500 and above) over the last 3 years will also be offered free elite entry.
Entry Criteria

We offer overall prize money only. Prize money will only be awarded to elite athletes not athletes who run fast times from the mass start.

*British athletes can collect both prize structures.

  Men Women   Men Women
1 $800.00 $800.00 1 $2000.00 $2000.00
2 $500.00 $500.00 2 $1500.00 $1500.00
3 $300.00 $300.00 3 $1000.00 $1000.00
      4 $750.00 $750.00
      5 $500.00 $500.00

Both Elite fields are restricted to numbers so apply early to avoid disappointment. Email with details of qualifying performances, name, DOB and club.

The Elite Management reserve the right to refuse any entry whether an athlete meets criteria or not. This is a guide and does not guarantee elite entry into any Great Run Event. Elite entries will close approximately 2 weeks before the event.

Prize Structure

Great Runners Welcome Here

To find out how to take advantage of the free Great Runners Welcome Here offers linked to your event click here.

Your Morrisons Great South Run offers:

  • Astoria

    Free entry before 11pm on any Saturday throughout October 2015 (excluding Saturday 24th October)
    37-39 Guildhall Walk
    PO1 2RY

  • Lyberry Bar

    Free entry on any Saturday throughout October 2015
    Lyberry Bar
    29-33 Guildhall Walk
    PO1 2RY

  • Pie&Vinyl

    Free Pie&Vinyl Tea or Cordial with any meal purchased
    59 - 61 Castle Road
    PO5 3AY

  • Southsea Bathing Hut

    Manufacturers of artisan natural bathing products and coastal interior products. Read about us on our website We are proud to offer 10% off all Southsea Bathing Hut products purchased via our website for all Great South runners. Offer valid until 12noon Friday 30th October 2015. To redeem, add promotional code STINKYRUNNER at checkout.
    111 Haslemere Road
    PO4 9AN

  • Luigis Gelato

    Luigis Gelato is happy to offer Half Price Gelato for the weekend in October the 24th & 25th to fuel the Energy for Great South Runners. Half Price is for any selection of 16 Flavour Gelato in the Shop in 239 Albert Road, Southsea.
    Luigis Gelato, 239 Albert Road, Southsea, PO4 0JR.
    PO4 0JR

  • Noble House Chinese Cuisine Restaurant

    10% off your bill
    43 Osborne Road
    PO5 3LS

  • South Coast Hypnotherapy

    Get 15% off all Cognitive Hypnotherapy sessions any time before 2015 Great South Run - we can help you run faster, feel better, more confident, get rid of doubt - or anything else that's a problem! Book in advance to ensure there is space -
    1a Finley Place
    PO9 1EF

  • Truffles of Southsea

    Complimentary dessert with Sunday Lunch after your Great South Run
    67 Castle Road
    PO5 3AY