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Distance 10 Miles
Price £41 per entry
Location Southsea, Portsmouth
Date 23 October 2016

Great South Run

The 2016 Great South Run is now full. See you on the startline on Sunday 23 October!

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 Great South Run 5k and the Junior and Mini Great South Run, which are staged the day before the 10 mile event.

If you have any queries regarding your run number come and see our customer services team who will be based near the assembly area on Clarence Esplanade on Saturday 22 October (08:30 - 16:00) and Sunday 23 October (from 07:00).

Please remember, there is no need to register on the day. Use the information point for queries but your run number is all you need, so if you have that you are all set!

The Great South Run will be broadcast live on Channel 5 on Sunday 23 October, 10:00 - 12:00.


Time Great South Run - Sunday 23 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 Great South Run elite women’s race start
10:20 Fast-paced runners and ORANGE wave warm-up
10:35 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



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.

Watch the Great South Run course guide on YouTube

Course Map

Travel and parking

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.

Please note: there are a number of train improvement works in the Fareham area that may affect your route to the start line so please plan your journey well in advance and take a look at alternative travel information within this section of the website.

We recommend using Portsmouth City Council's new park and ride scheme or travelling to the event by car. A full parking map is included in the 'By Car' travel section.

Getting there

Please be aware that due to train works in the Fareham area on Sunday 23 October, there are no train services from Southampton to Portsmouth. A bus replacement service will be in operation but will run to Havant due to road closures in the Portsmouth area. From Havant, trains will operate a frequent service to Portsmouth Harbour where runners can expect a 25 minute walk to the start line.

Head to for more information on all planned rail works, or get in touch with the South West Trains team on Twitter: @SW_Trains

Please also see the following documents for specific information and times:

Major improvement works leaflet >
South West Trains bus pick-up points >

By train

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. The aim is to have all roads re-opened by 2.30pm.

By car

Park and Sail with Gosport Ferry

One of the easiest and most relaxing ways to get to and from the event is to take the short ferry journey from Gosport across Portsmouth Harbour. There are a large number of public car parks in walking distance from the ferry terminal at Gosport, with Haslar Marina also open for parking on the day.

Once across the water Portsmouth Harbour is only a 20-minute walk from the start area, an ideal warm-up and cool down and a sure fire way to beat the traffic queues.

A two-boat service will run every 7.5 minutes during peak time with a crossing time of just 4 minutes. Ferries start at 05.30 and run until midnight. More details are available on or call 02392 524551. Hovertravel is running extra early services on Sunday 23 October to help you get to the start line quicker.

There are additional early crossings from Ryde to Southsea, departing at 08:00, 08:05, 08:15, 08:30, 08:35, 09:00, 09:05, 09:30 and 09:35 from Hovertravel’s Ryde terminal the journey time across the Solent is under 10 minutes so you can be at the start line on Clarence Esplanade in plenty of time to warm up.

To book a seat on one of these additional services, tickets can be purchased online at or at both terminals.

By water

Portsmouth City Council are running a special Great South Run Park & Ride service from the multi-storey car park at Portsmouth International Port on Sunday 23 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.

Return buses will be waiting to depart from Clarence Pier from 12.15pm and will run until 3.27pm.

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

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.    


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

Distance Men Women
10km 31.00 37.00
10 mile 51.00 62.00
Half M 69.00 82.00
Marathon 2.24.00 2.47.00

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 and British only prize money. 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   Men Women
1 £600.00 £600.00 1 £1500.00 £1500.00
2 £350.00 £350.00 2 £1250.00 £1250.00
3 £200.00 £200.00 3 £750.00 £750.00
      4 £500.00 £500.00
      5 £200.00 £200.00

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 Great South Run offers:

  • adidas

    10% off for runners signed up to the race. Offer valid Monday-Friday only. Offer valid only in the Factory Outlet in Portsmouth and cannot be combined with other offers.
    adidas Factory Outlet
    Gunwharf Quay
    PO1 3TA

  • Oliver Sweeney

    10 Miles on your feet? It's time for a treat. Receive 15% off any purchase at Oliver Sweeney, from socks to shoes. Offer valid 23/10 - 31/10 at Oliver Sweeney Gunwharf Quays. Not valid on gift vouchers, repairs or Sweeney Tattoo.
    Unit 12, Central Square
    Gunwharf Quays
    PO1 3TW

  • Pyramids Centre

    Buy 2 hot drinks from our Terrace café and get 2 children in a soft play session for free. Offer valid until 31 October*
    Clarence Esplanade
    PO5 3ST

  • The Southsea Brewing Co.

    Free beer samples for all runners! AND £1 off our bottled beers for take-away. (£10 minimum spend) Cards accepted.
    The Southsea Brewing Company
    Casemate 7, Southsea Castle
    Clarence Esplanade
    PO5 3PA

  • Compass Muscle Therapy

    £5 off Sports Massage. Valid for two weeks before and two weeks after the event. Proof of entry to Great South Run will need to be provided at appointment.
    Remedi Clinic, 71 Marmion Road
    PO5 2AX

  • Pearl Izumi

    10% off for all particapents of GSR
    Unit 91 Market Sq
    Gunwharf Quays

  • Red Rose Lounge

    Free drink with a meal for every runner. From 16th October - 30th October 2016
    258 London Road
    PO7 7HG

  • wonderbra playtex shock absorber

    buy one get one half price on all shock absorber sports bra's from Friday 21st October - Sunday 23rd October inclusive
    unit 104 canalside
    gunwharf quays
    po1 3tz