Simplyhealth Great South Run

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Time Simplyhealth Great South Run timetable - Sunday 21 October
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 Simplyhealth Great South Run elite women’s race start
10:19 Start of wave for fast self-propelled wheelchairs and visually impaired runners
10:35 Simplyhealth Great South Run elite men and ORANGE wave start
10:52 Start of WHITE wave
11:09 Start of GREEN wave

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

Download your event guide and checklist for everything you need to know ahead of your run.

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.

Please note: the course may be subject to change.

Travel information

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.

Please be aware the Council operated Park and Ride, that has been in place previously will not be in operation this year.

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

There are planned rail works on Sunday 21 October so there will be a reduced service of three trains per hour but one has a break in its journey where it is a bus for part of it. Part of Guildford station and the lines to Woking and Clandon will be closed until late afternoon. During this time:

  • Services between London Waterloo and Portsmouth via Haslemere will only run between Guildford and Portsmouth.
  • Bus services will run between Woking and Guildford, connecting at Woking with other main line trains.
  • Stopping services to Guildford via Woking will be replaced by buses between Woking and Guildford.
  • Services to and from Guildford via Epsom and via Cobham will be replaced by buses between Clandon and Guildford. All trains will use platform 2 at Clandon.
  • Trains will run between Guildford, Aldershot and Ascot, but will leave Guildford earlier than normal due to limited platform space at the station.

The normal train service will resume from about 1630. Extra trains in the morning for the Simplyhealth Great South Run are listed below. Additional Trains on the day of the event all will be 8 carriages:

  • 0735 Haslemere to Portsmouth Hbr calling all Stations
  • 0835 Haslemere to Portsmouth Hbr calling all Stations
  • 0830 Fareham to Portsmouth Hbr calling all Stations
  • 0930 Fareham to Portsmouth Hbr calling all Stations

You can find out more about this by visiting

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

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 to Portsmouth Harbour.

There are a large number of public car parks in walking distance of the ferry terminal in Gosport, with Haslar Marina opening for parking on the day too. 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. Ferries run every 7.5 minutes on a Sunday, with more details of ferry times at

Hovertravel Services - we are delighted that this year Hovertravel have agreed to put on additional services, bringing runners and spectators over from the Isle of Wight. The 10-minute crossings will now start from the earlier time of 7.45am, with the start line only a short walk from the Southsea terminal. For more details visit

By water

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