Great South Run
The South coast’s biggest and best running event takes place in Portsmouth over a fast and flat 10 mile route. The Great South Run is part of an incredible weekend of running that also includes the 5k and Junior Mini Great South Run on Saturday (16th).
Run through history on a unique 10 mile course that takes you on an unforgettable journey through this proud Naval city. Take in the impressive, HMS Victory, historic dockyard and the glorious seafront. Soak up the atmosphere and music from start to finish, passing high energy entertainment zones at every mile.
This televised event is a popular one and numbers are limited, so get in quick to secure your place on the start line. If you’re an Elite Athlete, you can find out more about Elite entry here.
Book With Confidence
We’ve put plans in place to ensure you can be COVID confident when you book a Great Run event in 2021.
- All events will be staged with the full support from all key stakeholders, follow the latest government guidance and be compliant to the latest regulations.
- We will continue to plan right up until the date of the event, and will communicate any changes or updates via email and here on the event page.
In the scenario of a 2021 event date change or cancellation by us and for whatever reason, all entrants (including 2020 rollovers) will be automatically deferred into the subsequent staging of the event.
If you have any queries, please see our FAQs which should answer any questions you have.
Run Up To Race Day!
Great South Run Solo is the perfect training partner and designed to guide you through your training, keep you motivated and get you in start-line shape for event day.
The challenge is to complete 25 runs in the 8 weeks building up to the Great South Run, from 23 August to 17 October.
It costs £15 to join, however if you have an entry into the Great South Run the challenge price is discounted to £12.50. Your entry fee includes a unique finishers medal, access to our online tracking tool and support throughout the challenge.
If you already have a place in the Great South Run, follow the link below to find out more and enter Great South Run Solo.
If you are yet to enter the Great South Run, you can choose to take part in Great South Run Solo on entry.
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Engie Business Challenge
If you and a group of colleagues want to take on a running event together, for charity, a fitness goal or perhaps just have fun as a team, why not enter a team into the ENGIE Business Challenge at the next Great South Run.
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Join the Great South Run social community on Facebook for support, tips, event updates and more.
The fast and flat 10mile course is steeped in history, passing naval landmarks, cathedrals and castles. Experience Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, running past the incredible HMS Victory and complete your 10mile challenge at the seafront finish line.
The greatest reward in taking part is the sense of achievement as you cross the finish line, but by taking your place on the Great South Run start line, you’re already part of something really special. Great Run events are renowned for being well-organised, safe, and inclusive and the atmosphere and support is always unbelievable.
What You Get
Before the event
We’re here to help you be your greatest, so before the big day you’ll get…
- Your personal run pack sent to you in the post, with your run number and timing chip
- Access to training plans to keep you on track
- Exclusive offers and competitions from our partners and sponsors
- Support and advice all the way up to event day
- Regular emails keeping you motivated and moving
- A huge supportive and inclusive social community on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to help you on your running journey
On event day
Other than all the good vibes, fitness and mental health benefits you’ll also get…
- Access to the free Great Run app to allow your loved ones to track your progress along the route as well as access to all event information
- Access to the Great Run information point for any last minute queries (or safety pins)
- Closed roads offering a safe running environment
- Food and drink options to refuel
- A shiny new medal, an exclusive finishers t-shirt plus a finisher’s bag filled with goodies
- Plenty of medical support all around our routes should you ever need any assistance
- A huge round of applause as you cross the finish
After the event
Obviously you’ll have bragging rights for the foreseeable, but you’ll also get…
- Official event day photos available to view and purchase a couple of days after the event, so smile for the cameras!
- Your official result ready shortly after you cross the finish line
- Runners Rewards – access to special offers for participants, from our partners and sponsors as a well done.
Take advantage of some exclusive offers for Great South Run entrants.
Exclusive 15% Off!
Make It Personal
Why not celebrate your run with a personalised iTAB medal attachment? Your iTAB will be engraved with your name and finish time and fits perfectly onto the ribbon of your Great South Run medal. Just £7.99 including postage and packing
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Great South Run Charities
You may be able to secure a charity entry by agreeing to raise sponsorship money.
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There are also charity places available with:
A Smile for a Child
Action Against Medical Accidents
Action Bladder Cancer UK
Addison’s Disease Self Help Group
Children’s Cancer and Leukaemia Group
Children on the Edge
Cruse Bereavement Care
Cystic Fibrosis Trust
Ellen MacArthur Cancer Trust
Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust
Mental Health UK
Motor Neurone Disease Association
Muscular Dystrophy UK
The RAF Benevolent Fund
Royal British Legion Industries
Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation
Royal College of Surgeons
Royal Surrey County Hospital Charity
Run 4 Cancer
Teenage Cancer Trust
The Charlie Gard Foundation
The Gurkha Welfare Trust
The Henry Allen Trust
The Mariposa Trust
The Rainbow Centre for Conductive Education
The Royal Marines Charity
The Royal Navy & Royal Marines Charity
The Seafarers’ Charity
UK Sepsis Trust
Wave 105 Cash for Kids
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices
World Bicycle Relief