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Distance 5K
Price £20 per entry
Location Southsea, Portsmouth
Date 21 October 2017
Age 14 years old and over

Simplyhealth Great South 5K


The event is popular for first-time runners looking to take their first steps to the longer distance, but also for people who may no longer feel that their legs will take ten miles of running at the Simplyhealth Great South Run the next day.

An undoubted attraction of the Simplyhealth Great South 5k is the fact that there is not a hill in sight as Southsea provides a virtually perfectly flat course with lovely views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight.


Please see below for the 2017 event day timetable:

Time Simplyhealth Great South 5K
08:30 Car parking on Southsea Common, information desk and baggage drop open
09:30 5k start assembly areas open
10:15 Simplyhealth Great South 5K warm up
10:30 Simplyhealth Great South 5K start

*NB. All times are subject to change in the lead up to the event

Travel and parking

Please be aware that due to train works in the Fareham area on Saturday 22 October, usual train routes in and out of Portsmouth are affected. If you’re travelling from Southampton and the surrounding areas to Portsmouth, train services will terminate at Swanwick and Eastleigh stations, and from there, bus replacement services will be in operation.

Head to for more information on all planned rail works and contact the South West Trains team on Twitter @SW_Trains

Travel and parking

The Course

Assembly information
The start and assembly areas are located on Clarence Esplanade, Southsea. This area is divided into 3 coloured areas – ORANGE, WHITE and GREEN. These correspond to your coloured run number.

You should aim to be at the start for 09:45 so that you can relax, soak up the atmosphere and get ready to run at 10:30.

The assembly areas themselves have been measured and barriered to cater for the number of runners taking part. However, it will get busy so use all available space within the assembly areas.

The wave system will be used at the start. This will see each coloured wave set off in pulses. This measured control is to help regulate the flow of runners through the narrow sections of the course. Please be patient when waiting to start your run.

Remember that your timing chips provide a totally accurate time for your run and will not be activated until you cross the start line and when you finish.

Running with friends or family
If you want to run with a friend but have been issued different coloured run numbers, organisers ask that you follow a simple rule – runners can move down a zone (away from the start line) but cannot move up a zone (or towards the start line). For example, a runner wearing a WHITE run number can move back into the PINK assembly area but not forward in to the ORANGE assembly area.

Baggage drop off
Please arrive changed and ready to run as there are no changing facilities at the start. Where possible, leave your bag with a friend or use the baggage room in the Pyramids Centre, which opens a 8:30am.  

Please deposit your bag as follows:

  • Loop your baggage label (attached to your run number) to the top of your bag
  • Take your bag to the baggage room in the Pyramids Centre
  • Place your bag in the room as instructed by an event marshal
  • To retrieve your bag, show your run number to gain access to the baggage room

Event organisers cannot accept any responsibility for the security of these items, so please don’t leave any valuables in your baggage.

Toilets are available around the event site. It is inevitable that the toilet facilities will be busy before and after the run, so please allow plenty of time.

Missing persons
There will be a missing persons point located on Castlefield. In the event that you come across a missing person please contact the nearest event steward, official or police officer.

The Start

At the finish
When you cross the finish line please don’t stop immediately, keep moving and follow the instructions from the Great Run marshals who will direct you.

Aqua Pura
Please keep moving through the finish system where marshals will hand you a bottle of Aqua Pura water. There is plenty of water available but please only take 1 bottle as there will be lots of runners coming in behind you!

Finisher’s pack
Finishers' packs will be sorted by T-shirt size. Please take a pack with the T-shirt size you specified when you entered the event. Your finisher’s pack is well-earned so enjoy the goodies inside, including a bottle of Lucozade Lite and that all-important medal.

Meeting friends and family
The official family reunion area is on Castle Field (see the map for details). Flying banners display letters of the alphabet to make it easy for you to arrange to meet your family and friends by the first letter of your surname, i.e. Smith is under ‘S’. If you do not wish to use this, please ensure that you agree an exact meeting point to reunite with your friends/family once you have finished your run to avoid confusion and unnecessary concern.

Please remember that not everyone can stand at the finish line or at the end of the secondary finish system so please arrange with your friends and family to meet them in the family reunion area or elsewhere in the city.

Concessions will be available on Castle Field by the family reunion area.

Results will be available here as soon as possible following the event.

Official photographs
Our official photographers will be at the event to capture all of the action. Photos will be available to buy here after the event.

The Finish
Course Map

Event location

With the perfect blend of historic and modern sights, there is something for everyone in Portsmouth and Southsea.

If you are looking for things to do in the popular waterfront city, why not take a trip up Spinnaker Tower? At 170 metres high you will experience beautiful views across the Solent to the Isle of Wight. If you prefer to keep your feet on the ground, head for a walk around Portsmouth Historic Dockyard and marvel at HMS Victory and the Mary Rose Museum, which houses Henry VIII’s flagship that sank in 1545.

For more ideas on things to do in Portsmouth you can go to:

About Portsmouth

Tom Bosworth's Challenge

Rio Olympian Tom Bosworth, one of Britain’s greatest ever race walkers, challenged participants of the 2016 Great South Run 5k to run the event quicker than he walks it. 

Tom, who holds the national record for the 3k, 5k, 10k and 20k distances, walked the route in 00:20:10 and 40 speedy runners managed to beat his time and cross the finish line before him.

They have been rewarded with a free entry into next year’s Great South Run 5k!