Distance: 10 Miles
Date: 20.10.2019
Minimum age: 16 years old and over
Entry Price: £42 per entry

Simplyhealth Great South Run

If you’re already entered, read on for all the information you’ll need for the big day.Your run number will be sent out approximately 2 weeks before and we’ll be in touch by email to keep you up to date with everything you need to know. In the meantime if you have any questions just get in touch with our customer services team, who will be happy to help.

Time Simplyhealth Great South Run timetable - Sunday 20 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


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.

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 visitportsmouth.co.uk 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

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

By bus

A bike park will be available within the D-Day Museum car park. For further information and cycle routes go to visitportsmouth.co.uk 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 gosportferry.co.uk

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 hovertravel.com

By water
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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!


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