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Distance 10 Miles
Price £41 per entry
Location Southsea, Portsmouth
Date 22 October 2017
Age 16 years old and over

Simplyhealth Great South Run

The fast and flat course of the world's leading 10 mile running event takes you through the iconic sights of Southsea and Portsmouth, including the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of HMS Victory, past Spinnaker Tower, and finishes on the seafront with beautiful views of the Isle of Wight.

The weekend also includes the Simplyhealth Great South Run 5k and the Simplyhealth Junior and Mini Great South Run, which are staged the day before the 10 mile event.


Time Simplyhealth Great South Run timeable - Sunday 22 October
07:00 Car parking on Southsea Common and information point opens
07:30 Baggage room opens
09:00 Start assembly area open
10:15 Simplyhealth Great South Run elite women’s race start
10:20 Fast-paced runners and ORANGE wave warm-up
10:35 Simplyhealth Great South Run elite men and ORANGE wave start
10:38 WHITE wave warm-up
10:48 Start of WHITE wave
10:55 GREEN wave warm-up
11:05 Start of GREEN wave

*NB. All times are provisional and may be subject to change in the lead up to the event

The Course Map

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.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.


Book your 2017 Simplyhealth Great South Run accommodation and event transportation with our Official Travel Partner, Nirvana Europe and experience a stress-free event.

Their dedicated team provide all of the necessary services to ensure you enjoy your trip to the Great South Run as much as possible.

To view all of Nirvana’s travel and accommodation options and/or book online, please visit email or call 0191 2571750 to make a booking over the phone.

Nirvana Europe

With accommodation available within a 5 minute walk of the Simplyhealth Great South Run start line, why look anywhere else!

What are the benefits of booking your accommodation through Nirvana?

  • Nirvana offer the best available accommodation to meet the requirements of all participants & supporters
  • Nirvana arrange an early breakfast on event day morning;
  • Nirvana request luggage storage, whilst you attend the Great South Run;
  • Nirvana request shower facilities, so you can freshen up after the run;

To book your accommodation, please click here, email or call 0191 2571750 to make a booking over the phone.


Nirvana can alleviate the stress of driving on the day of the Simplyhealth Great South Run, and also negate the worry of finding a parking space.

With our coaches having access to a drop off and pick up point close to the event they are the perfect event day solution, you will never need to think about negotiating the road closures again!

For 2017 we are offering return transfers from the following locations:

  • Bournemouth - £35 per person
  • Brighton - £35 per person
  • Oxford - £45 per person
  • Reading - £40 per person
  • Salisbury - £35 per person
  • Kingston - £49 per person
  • Southampton - £20 per person

For further information and service costs, please click here, email or call 0191 2571750 to make a booking over the phone.

Event Day Transfers


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

Distance Men Women
10km 31.00 38.00
10 mile 51.00 63.00
Half M 69.00 83.00
Marathon 2.24.00 2.48.00

Qualifying times must be achieved after the 1st January 2015.

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

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
1 £1500.00 £1500.00
2 £1250.00 £1250.00
3 £750.00 £750.00
4 £500.00 £500.00
5 £300.00 £300.00

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 for all events will close 2 weeks before the event date. No entries will be accepted after this date.

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 Simplyhealth Great South Run offers:


    20% off food (drinks not included) on 21st and 22nd October 2017
    56 Osborne Road
    PO5 3LU

  • Mozzarella Joes Ltd

    20% discount on all food and drink to runners and their supporters with proof of race entry. Valid Saturday 21st to Sunday 22nd October 2017. 1 discount per table. No cash alternative. At Manager's discretion.
    Mozzarela Joes
    Clarence Esplanade

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.

For more ideas on things to do in Portsmouth you can go to:

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