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Distance 10 Miles
Price £31.50
Location Southsea, Portsmouth
Date 21 October 2018
Age 16 years old and over

Simplyhealth Great South Run

New pack collection information...

Please note, any entries received after 10:00 on Thursday 12 October will need to be collected from our Customer Services team on Saturday 21 October between 09:00 & 17:00 at a new location of The Queen's Room at The Queen's Hotel, or Sunday 22 October from 07:00 at the skate park, opposite the Pyramid Centre. 

Don't forget to catch all the live action on Channel 5 between 10:00 and 12:15 on Sunday 22 October!

Get your 25% Discount

The Simplyhealth Great South Run is the world's leading 10 mile running event and will return to Portsmouth on Sunday 21 October 2018.

Don't miss out on your chance to join 20,000 runners on this stunning seaside course - and just to help make the decision a little easier for you, we're offering the first 1000 people who enter the 2018 event a 25% discount off their entry fee

*Please note: this discount only applies to the 10 mile event and is subject to availability.

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Special Offer


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.


Runners should plan to arrive in the city by 8.30am so allow plenty of time to get to the start. Portsmouth has a whole range of transport options, so please consider these options wherever possible.

Pier Road, Clarence Esplanade and Avenue de Caen will all be closed from 6.00am, with the remainder of the roads in use by the event closing between 9.00am and 9.45am.

Getting there

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.


Portsmouth City Council are running a special Simplyhealth Great South Run Park & Ride service from the multi-storey car park at Portsmouth International Port on Sunday 22 October 2016.

Double decker buses will run every five minutes, from 7am to 9am taking runners and spectators to Clarence Pier - a short walk from the start line.

It costs just £4 per vehicle (up to 8 people per ticket), pay on exit.

For more information visit

Park and Ride

If you live in the Portsmouth area then please consider using the bus. For local travel information visit

By Bus

Traffic in and out of Portsmouth is limited to two main routes — the Western entrance (M275) and the Eastern Road (A2030).

Once in the city, look for the large digital boards giving parking and traffic information. There are several car parks away from the main road closures which will minimise your exit out of the city and are just a short walk from the main event site.

See the Car Parking and City Centre Road Closure map for more information. For information on smaller car parks in the area, go to and select the Visitor Information tab.

If you wish to park as close as possible to event site, there is a temporary event car park on Southsea Common at a charge of £5 per vehicle. Cars will be able to exit this car park from around 12.15pm, initially directed out to the west whilst roads to the east are still in use by runners.

By car

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

  • Hotpod Yoga Portsmouth

    A free Single Class Pass! Use code HPYGSR at the checkout when purchasing a Single Class Pass. Book online at Classes are across Portsmouth. Offer expires 30/11/2017, email with any questions.
    Hotpod Yoga Portsmouth
    PO5 1JT

  • The Belle Isle

    15% OFF ALL FOOD ON 22/10/2017 Just show your run number
    PO5 3LR
    PO5 3LR

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:

About Portsmouth

Shop, eat and enjoy!  

Set against the stunning backdrop of Portsmouth Harbour, Gunwharf Quays offers a unique and memorable shopping experience. Discover over 90 premium retail outlet stores offering famous brand names with incredible savings all year round including Polo Ralph Lauren, Tommy Hilfiger, Hugo Boss and Joules.  

And when it’s time to relax and unwind from all that shopping, Gunwharf Quays has over 30 restaurant, bars and cafes to enjoy including Jamie’s Italian, Wagamama and Loch Fyne.  

For more information on Gunwharf Quays and how to find us visit, or find us on Facebook.