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Distance 5K
Price £20 per entry
Location Southsea, Portsmouth
Date 21 October 2017
Age 14 years old and over

Simplyhealth Great South 5K


The event is popular for first-time runners looking to take their first steps to the longer distance, but also for people who may no longer feel that their legs will take ten miles of running at the Simplyhealth Great South Run the next day.

An undoubted attraction of the Simplyhealth Great South 5k is the fact that there is not a hill in sight as Southsea provides a virtually perfectly flat course with lovely views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.


Please see below for the 2017 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great South 5K
08:30 Car parking on Southsea Common, information desk and baggage drop open
09:30 5k start assembly areas open
10:15 Simplyhealth Great South 5K warm up
10:30 Simplyhealth Great South 5K start

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

Travel and parking

Please be aware that due to train works in the Fareham area on Saturday 22 October, usual train routes in and out of Portsmouth are affected. If you’re travelling from Southampton and the surrounding areas to Portsmouth, train services will terminate at Swanwick and Eastleigh stations, and from there, bus replacement services will be in operation.

Head to for more information on all planned rail works and contact the South West Trains team on Twitter @SW_Trains

Travel and parking

The Course

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.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

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