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Morrisons Great South Run 5K

The 5k in Portsmouth and Southsea is a hugely popular event to start the weekend 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!

An undoubted attraction of the Great South Run 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 2015 event day timetable:

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

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

This Girl Can at the 5k

We’re really excited to welcome This Girl Can to the Morrisons Great South Run 5k 2015.

We’re teaming up with This Girl Can Running to invite all women who have been inspired by this incredible campaign to join us at the event on Saturday 24 October.

We’re creating a special start just for the girls - if you sign up to run in the This Girl Can wave, we’ll issue you with a special This Girl Can race number, temporary tattoo and sweatband. We’ll also be hosting a warm up just for you. 

So if you’re new to running and ready to set yourself a goal – sign up for this year’s Morrisons Great South Run 5K This Girl Can wave, and join like minded women in a fun event that will give you a great reason to keep on running, jogging or walking this autumn. 

This Girl Can Running is a national campaign created with Sport England and a wide range of partnership organisations. It’s a celebration of women up and down the country who are running, jogging or walking their way to a more active lifestyle. Fear of judgement is stopping many of us from taking part in exercise. But as thousands of women are proving, it really doesn’t have to.

To get involved simply tick the box on the entry form to let us know you want to be part of the This Girl Can wave.

If you have already entered and would like to run in this wave you will need to email using the subject line 'This Girl Can', and indicate you'd like to be included, by midday on Wednesday 30 September.

This Girl Can at the 5k

The Course

Course Map

Assembly information
The start and assembly areas are located on Clarence Esplanade, Southsea. This area is divided into 3 coloured areas – ORANGE, WHITE and PINK (This Girl Can wave) These correspond to your coloured run number.

You should aim to be at the start for 09:45 so that you can relax, soak up the atmosphere and get ready to run at 10:30.

The assembly areas themselves have been measured and barriered to cater for the number of runners taking part. However, it will get busy so use all available space within the assembly areas.

The wave system will be used at the start. This will see each coloured wave set off in pulses. This measured control is to help regulate the flow of runners through the narrow sections of the course. Please be patient when waiting to start your run.

Remember that your timing chips provide a totally accurate time for your run and will not be activated until you cross the start line and when you finish.

Running with friends or family
If you want to run with a friend but have been issued different coloured run numbers, organisers ask that you follow a simple rule – runners can move down a zone (away from the start line) but cannot move up a zone (or towards the start line). For example, a runner wearing a WHITE run number can move back into the PINK assembly area but not forward in to the ORANGE assembly area.

Baggage drop off
Please arrive changed and ready to run as there are no changing facilities at the start. Where possible, leave your bag with a friend or use the baggage room in the Pyramids Centre, which opens a 8:30am.  

Please deposit your bag as follows:

  • Loop your baggage label (attached to your run number) to the top of your bag
  • Take your bag to the baggage room in the Pyramids Centre
  • Place your bag in the room as instructed by an event marshal
  • To retrieve your bag, show your run number to gain access to the baggage room

Event organisers cannot accept any responsibility for the security of these items, so please don’t leave any valuables in your baggage.

Toilets are available around the event site. It is inevitable that the toilet facilities will be busy before and after the run, so please allow plenty of time.

Missing persons
There will be a missing persons point located on Castlefield. In the event that you come across a missing person please contact the nearest event steward, official or police officer.

The Start

At the finish
When you cross the finish line please don’t stop immediately, keep moving and follow the instructions from the Great Run marshals who will direct you.

Aqua Pura
Please keep moving through the finish system where marshals will hand you a bottle of Aqua Pura water. There is plenty of water available but please only take 1 bottle as there will be lots of runners coming in behind you!

Finisher’s pack
Finishers' packs will be sorted by T-shirt size. Please take a pack with the T-shirt size you specified when you entered the event. Your finisher’s pack is well-earned so enjoy the goodies inside, including a bottle of Lucozade Lite and that all-important medal.

Meeting friends and family
The official family reunion area is on Castle Field (see the map for details). Flying banners display letters of the alphabet to make it easy for you to arrange to meet your family and friends by the first letter of your surname, i.e. Smith is under ‘S’. If you do not wish to use this, please ensure that you agree an exact meeting point to reunite with your friends/family once you have finished your run to avoid confusion and unnecessary concern.

Please remember that not everyone can stand at the finish line or at the end of the secondary finish system so please arrange with your friends and family to meet them in the family reunion area or elsewhere in the city.

Concessions will be available on Castle Field by the family reunion area.

Results will be available here as soon as possible following the event.

Official photographs
Our official photographers will be at the event to capture all of the action. Photos will be available to buy here after the event.

The Finish

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


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.



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