With the Great South Run almost upon us, here are some essential hints and tips to get you through the weekend fuss-free.
Do Your Homework
‘Fail to prepare, prepare to fail’ should be a mantra for any runner taking part in an event. Detailed road closure, parking and travel advice is all available across your Great South Run magazine and on the website at greatrun.org/South. Make sure you have your plans nailed down so all you have to worry about on the day is the small matter of completing a 10-mile run. No sweat.
Park and Ride
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.
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 www.parkandride.portsmouth.gov.uk
Be patient and prepared – however you decide to travel to and from the event, it will be busy so expect delays.
Learn The Course
Make sure you know every section of your 10-mile run - here's your essential run-through!
New Gear For Your Great South Run
From Monday until Friday, adidas Factory Outlet in Gunwharf Quay is offering 10% off for runners signed up to the Great South Run – so help yourself to some new clobber! Offer valid only in the Factory Outlet in Portsmouth and cannot be combined with other offers
Show Your Support
Buy one, get one half price on all shock absorber sports bras from Wonderbra Playtex in Gunwharf Quays. The deal is in effect from Friday up until Sunday so plenty of time to snap a pre-run bargain up!
Ten miles on the tarmac takes it out of you, so soothe those acheing muscles with a sports massage after your Great South Run. Compass Muscle Therapy on Marmion Road are offering £5 off all sports massages, valid for two weeks before and two weeks after the event. Proof of entry to the Great South Run will need to be provided at your appointment.
Free Drink? Cheers!
Treat yourself to a free drink with a meal for every runner at the Red Rose Lounge on London Road in Waterlooville. The deal runs from October 16 to October 30.
Smile, You’re On TV!
The Great South Run will be live on Channel 5 on Sunday between 10am and 12noon. Set your recorders to catch all the coverage and watch it back later. The programme is broadcast in HD so plenty of opportunity to spot yourself in the crowd!
No Pack? No Problem
If your Great South Run pack has not arrived yet, fear not – the Great Run customer service team can help you. Visit the customer service point - this is located adjacent to the skate park at the rear of the assembly area on Clarence Esplanade, for general enquiries, and is open from 7am.
Get the App
Download the Great Run app from iTunes or Google Play. It’s great for tracking runners, handy maps and as a guide for spectators.
There will be free wifi available to all runners and spectators on event day at both the start and finish areas. Simply locate ‘Great Run Free Wifi’ on mobile devices and enter your email address.
There are 20 charities with marquees in the Charity Village to meet and greet runners — with many providing food, drink and massage, making it a great place for post-run relaxation. Contact your charity to see if they will be there.
The family reunion area is within the charity village on Castle Field. Follow the signs and meet up under the A-Z banner that matches the first letter of the runner’s surname. If you choose to meet up elsewhere, make sure you plan this in advance of event day so everyone in your party is aware.
A missing persons’ service will be in operation on the day on Castle Field and will be clearly signposted.
A good vantage point for watching friends and family is along the Esplanade towards Clarence Pier. The course goes past Gunwharf Quays, so why not wave at the runners as they pass by, then enjoy the cafés and shops as they take on the next eight miles? Miles five to six pass near the start and finish area along Clarence Parade, close to the cafés and shops in Southsea.
Most Importantly, Enjoy Yourself
You've trained for this, you've prepared for this - go out there any soak up the atmosphere. The crowds are there for you, the music will play especially for you. Every cheer and every high five has been earned. You deserve it!