Things you only see at the Great South Run

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The Great South Run – Saturday 15 & Sunday 16 October 2022

It’s Britain’s best-loved 10-miler and it’s back with a bang on 15 and 16 October 2022. As with every Great Run event, you can expect some serious start-line hype, incredible on-route entertainment and a finisher t-shirt and medal you can feel proud of. But what makes the Great South Run truly special? Read on to find out.

runners passing HMS Victory

HMS Victory

It’s not just any run that can boast a famous warship  – but the Great South Run can. You’ll catch sight of HMS Victory, famous for its role in the Battle of Trafalgar, between miles 2 and 3 on the 10 mile route. Enjoy your Victory moment and feel truly inspired as you make your way through Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard.

runners approaching Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle

Southsea Castle is a visitor attraction in its own right with its square keep and lighthouse, but runners get to soak up its history and majesty at the start and finish of Great South Run. Once an artillery fort for Henry VIII, on race day it’s more of a “we did it!” marker for runners.

man dressed as toilet

Crazy costumes

Great South Runners have a reputation for fancy dress – and we’ve seen everything from unicorns to toilets over the race’s 30+ year history. What will the people of Portsmouth treat us to this year?

runners passing Spinnaker Tower

Spinnaker Tower

Another awe-inspiring landmark, Spinnaker Tower is arguably Britain’s best-known observation tower. At 170 metres tall, you won’t miss it – and its distinctive architectural design means you won’t want to.

crowds cheering with foam fingers

Unbeatable crowd support

The Portmsouth crowd is well-known for its enthusiastic support, so expect cheers, flags, high-fives, Jelly Babies and lots, lots more. Well it wouldn’t be a Great Run without an incredible crowd, would it?

We can’t wait for a great weekend filled with amazing running events, cheering supporters, and an unrivalled atmosphere! Don’t forget to look out for these key sights and share any photos on the day using #GreatSouthRun.

For more information on the event visit here.