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Morrisons Great South Run

World-class athletes who have taken part over the years include Sonia O’Sullivan, Paula Radcliffe and Mo Farah, who scored the first ever victory by a British male athlete since Gary Staines, achieved his third and final success 13 years earlier.

The fast and flat 10 mile route takes in the iconic sites of the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard including Portsmouth Cathedral, Spinnaker Tower and the HMS Victory- which has played host to the Band of HM Royal Marines, who often perform for passing runners at the iconic site. The final flat stretch along the sea front has given thousands of people the opportunity to get a personal best time for more than twenty years.


The Course

The Great South Run starts in Southsea, on Clarence Esplanade – a road that is transformed into a sea of colours every October, as twenty-five thousand runners don their charity vests and running kit to set off on their 10 mile journey.

The course takes you through Old Portsmouth, home of the Portsmouth Cathedral and Royal Garrison Church, 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 museum, which houses the Mary Rose.

Course Map

Event location

The popular waterfront city gives visitors the chance to spend time in a popular seaside destination full of culture. With the perfect blend of historic and modern sights, there is something for everyone.

If you are looking for things to do in Portsmouth, why not take a trip up the Spinnaker Tower, which gives you the best view over the city at a height of 170 metres. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground head for a walk around the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard to lap up 800 years of history, home to the world’s oldest commissioned war ship, HMS Victory.

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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.

 MenWomen MenWomen

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.

Prize Structure