We are closely monitoring the developments with COVID-19 and will continue to take the advice of the UK government around the staging of large public events.

At present the Great South Run is scheduled to go ahead as planned, but we will assess over the coming weeks and update participants as a priority if anything changes.

We understand the commitment and dedication you make when you enter one of our events and we would not take any decision to cancel or postpone lightly. We love delivering our events and we work hard to make sure our participants can enjoy them in a safe and happy environment.

In the meantime we want to reassure you all that we are keeping in close contact with Public Health England. If circumstances dictate that we must cancel any of our events everyone who had entered would be entitled to a refund.

Great South Run

Entries for the Great South Run on Sunday 18 October 2020 are now open. If  you're ready to take on the 10 mile route, sign up today. We'll see you on the start line!

The run numbers will start to arrive with participants approx. 2 weeks prior to the event weekend. They are posted to the address that you entered when you registered for the event. 

We are unable to send run numbers outside of the UK as we cannot guarantee their safe delivery. We will make them available for collection from our information marquee. 

This is your unique number, so only you must wear it on the day. 

Your timing chip is attached to the back of your run number, do not remove or cover the chip (with a jacket, bum bag etc.) as this will affect the accuracy of your time. 

The chip will automatically record the time, so you don’t need to do anything. Your chip doesn’t need to be returned at the end of the run. 

You don’t need to register on the day, once you’ve filled in the back of the run number and attached it to your front (with safety pins) you are good to go, you can go straight to the start assembly area for your start time.


We recommend arriving ready to run and leaving any valuables with family or friends. However, if this is not possible participants will be able to leave bags in the baggage-drop area. 

Remove the baggage label (which is attached to your run number), fill in the details and secure the label your bag before leaving them in the baggage area.


Time Great South Run 2019 Timetable
07:00 Car parking on Southsea Common and information point opens
07:30 Baggage room opens at the Pyramid Centre
09:00 Start assembly area open
10:15 Great South Run elite women’s race start
10:19 Start of wave for fast self-propelled wheelchairs and visually impaired runners
10:20 Warm up for ORANGE wave

Great South Run elite men and ORANGE wave start
Warm up for WHITE wave

10:50 Warm up for WHITE wave
10:56 Start of WHITE wave
11:11 Warm up for GREEN wave
11:17 Start of GREEN wave

*NB. All times are provisional and may be subject to change in the lead up to the event


You can also find a pdf version of the 2019 map here >

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.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

You can also find a pdf version of the 2019 map here >

Runners should plan to arrive in the city by 8:00 so allow plenty of time to get to the start. Portsmouth has an excellent public transport system, so please consider these options wherever possible.

Pier Road, Clarence Esplanade and Avenue de Caen will all be closed from 6:00, with the remainder of the roads in use by the event closing between 9:00 and 9:45. You view our list of road closure and re-opening times here.

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 other 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. 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 £10 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.


By car

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Full terms and conditions apply when travelling from selected stations to and from Fratton, Southsea, Portsmouth and Portsmouth Harbour between 19 and 21 October.

By train

If you live in the Portsmouth area then please consider using the bus. For local travel information visit

By bus

A bike park will be available within the D-Day Museum car park. For further information and cycle routes go to and select the Visitor Information tab.

By bike

The iconic hovercraft service across the Solent is offering all participating runners and spectators from the Isle of Wight the chance to get an early start on their travel to the Great South Run.

Hovertravel’s timetable has been extended in the morning to start at the earlier time of 8.15am and then has a service at 8.30, 8.45, 9.00 and 9.30. With a crossing time of just ten minutes and the location of their terminal on the edge of Southsea Common, only a few yards from the start, Hovertravel is the quickest way from the Isle of Wight to the Great South Run.

For over half a century Hovertravel has linked the communities of Portsmouth with the Isle of Wight, providing a fast, reliable service for Island residents who want to participate and enjoy national and regional events. For more details please visit:

By water

For live, and up to date information on road closures in and around Portsmouth and Southsea on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 October please click here to view the Waze map >

Road closures

Need that little extra help with your training, or somewhere to continue your running experience? Join friendly runners and volunteers at our free, weekly 2k and 5k events and become part of a happier, healthier, growing community!

With your own personal Great Run Local wristband, you can track your progression through our unique mobile phone app, whilst meeting new people and interacting with others as you run! From children in pushchairs to our oldest runner at 88 years young, we encourage all abilities and ages to continue running with us all year round!


Portsmouth (Lakeside) - Every Sunday, 9:30am

Lancing Beach Green - Every Sunday, 9:30am


Great Run Local

Results from your run can be found by clicking here. Make sure the correct event is highlighted and then you can search by your run number or surname.

Visit the photo section of the website in the days following the run to view your event snaps. You can also download your Free Certificate from this page.

Our official photographers are Marathon Photos.