Great South Run Portsmouth

The Great South Run, takes place over a 10 mile (16 kilometer) course through the streets of Portsmouth, passing landmarks such as HMS Victory and the Spinnaker Tower.

The course is almost flat, with minimal slopes around the course, helping make fast times achievable.

The Great South Run will be held in Portsmouth on Sunday 23rd October 2016 and the 5K race will be held on Saturday 22nd October 2016.

Entry for both events is now open, follow this link, to register for the Great South Run 2016 use this link. Around 25,000 runners will take part in this highly popular run, raising £ millions for a wide range of charities.

The first event, the elite womes race starts at 10:15, the whole city will be very busy, therefore the race organisers advise you should plan to arrive by 08:30 to ensure you are able to access the start area at the correct time.

The 10 mile course is fairly flat and offers a wide range of views and historic sites along the way, such as HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and the Spinnaker Tower.

Along with the thousands of fun runners, club athletes and charity teams, will be a mix of celebrities and elite athletes from around the world.

In 2015 Kenya's Vivian Cheruiyot was the winner in the Great South Run ladies elite race finishing the 10 mile course with a time of 51 mins 17 secs. The world 10,000m champion was running her first 10 mile event. Speaking to IAAF Athletics she said "The race was good for me, it was my first 10 miles in my career and the first long distance. I enjoyed it and the time was good for me. I'm happy, because it has shown me that I will be good in future. I'll be back next year."

Great Britain's Jo Pavey two-time winner of the Great South Run, came second in the women's race with a world-over-40 best time of 52 mins 44 secs.

Ugandan runner Moses Kipsiro won the Great South Run men's 2015 elite race in a time of 46:00 minutes, after the race Kipsiro commented "It was a nice race and I enjoyed it, the course is flat and the weather is ok, and it was good to run in a group."

In 2009, Team GB favourite Mo Farah won the Great South Run in a time of 46 mins and 26 secs, the first British runner to win the race since Gary Staines secured his third win in 1996, Mo praised the Portsmouth crowd saying "The crowd made a big difference - they kept cheering me".

British ladies have also excelled with wins in previous Great South Runs, Liz McColgan (1995 & 1997), Marian Sutton (1998), Jo Pavey (2006 & 2012) and Paula Radcliffe (2008) have all taken 1st place in the race, which is classed as a Gold Label Road Race by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

But it is not all about the elite runners, every year thousands of fun runners, joggers, locals, celebrities and charity runners take part in the race, raising £millions for their chosen good causes. It is estimated that more than £30 million has been raised for charities by runners in the Great South Run, since it's start in 1990. In fact if you have not been able to secure a place, a guaranteed charity place is a good option, see links below.


Guaranteed charity place are a great way to get an entry to the Great South Run and at the same time helping to raise much needed funds for the charity. For details of charity running places please visit our Great South Run charity places page.


Parking spaces will be available on Southsea Common itself, follow the Great South Run road signs, or you could use one of the many city centre car parks follow the link for more details. Follow this link to view a map indicating the location of car parks in Portsmouth.


The roads adjacent to the start and finish on Southsea Common will be closed from 06:30am.This includes Pier Road, Clarence Esplanade and Avenue de Caen. All other roads on which the race will be run will be closed from 09:45am. Roads are re-opened as soon as possible on a rolling basis but all roads will be re-opened by 14:00. If you arrive late use the city centre car parks and walk to the race start area.
As Portsmouth is an island there are only three access roads, so there is bound to be some congestion after the race, so why not stay a little longer and visit one of the numerous pubs or restaurants in Portsmouth, after all you will have earned it.


If you are planning to stay overnight or maybe make a weekend of it there are plenty of Hotels to choose from, but book early as it is bound to be a busy period, follow this link Portsmouth Hotels for more information.


The course map below is interactive, ee have added information on points of interest along the route, click on the marker to see the details.

Picture of runners taking part in the Great South Run at Portsmouth.