Great South Run
Sun 20 Oct 2024 Portsmouth, Hampshire, UK

Great South Run

Probably the world’s favourite 10 mile running event with inspiring history, salty air and glorious sea views guaranteed! Local supporters will keep your spirits and motivation up the whole way.

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  • Sun 20 Oct 2024
Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth

Great South Run

10:35

£43-£46

Age 16 & over

  • 10 miles road running

Overview

The AJ Bell Great South Run is probably the world’s favourite 10 mile running event!

Portsmouth’s supporters will keep your spirits and motivation up the whole way round, with blaring music, cheers, high fives, fist bumps all part of the incredible AJ Bell Great South Run experience. Plus, there’s a medal, exclusive finisher t-shirt and bragging rights at the finish line. There’s a reason 99% of runners say they’d recommend it to a friend – lots of reasons, in fact.

Highlights

  • Fast and flat route with breathtaking sea views
  • Free training plans and support up to event day
  • Run number personalised with your name
  • Exclusive discounts when you sign up
  • Free Great Run series event day tracking app
  • Finishers' pack, bespoke medal and optional t-shirt
  • £10 off your next Great Run if you refer a friend

Event video

  • Event village
  • Families
  • Fancy dress
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators

Saturday events

Sunday events

  • Great South Run

Business Challenge

Get your team moving together this year with the Business Challenge.

  • Coast
  • Entertainment
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

Portsmouth Historic Dockyard
Portsmouth
Hampshire
PO1 3LJ
UK

  • Distance markers
  • Entertainment
  • First aid
  • Flat
  • Food stations
  • Marshals
  • Out and back
  • PB
  • Sweeper
  • Traffic free
  • Water stations
  • Wave start

Summary

The fast and flat 10 mile course is steeped in history, passing naval landmarks, cathedrals and castles. Experience Portsmouth’s Historic Dockyard, running past the incredible HMS Victory and complete your 10 mile challenge at the seafront finish line.

Map

map

  • Public transport links

Sustainability Policy

This event is in the process of updating its Sustainability Strategy in light of its collaborative approach and recent survey. Work to minimise the environmental impacts of this event will continue throughout this process, with particular focus on:

  • Reducing plastic
  • Reducing waste
  • Cutting carbon emissions
  • Responsible procurement

 
In addition, it is striving to improve performance even further by making sure that sustainability is embedded at the heart of the organisation and culture.

Trees not tees

Finisher tees are now optional. You can choose to forgo your finisher tee shirt at the point of entry, and in lieu of this the organiser will make a donation to the National Trust Woodlands Appeal.

The organisers will donate a portion of the fulfilment costs for each runner who chooses this option to the fund and commit that this donation to be a minimum of £20,000 in 2023.

  • Chip timing
  • Event app
  • Goody bag
  • iTAB
  • Medal
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Training plan

Included

  • The medal

    A shiny new, Great Manchester Run medal, an exclusive finishers t-shirt plus a finisher’s bag filled with goodies.

  • The photos

    Official event day photos available to view and purchase straight after the event, so smile for the cameras!

  • The app

    Event day tracking and results ready to view on the app shortly after you cross the finish line.

  • The discounts

    Access to exclusive runners only discounts and offers via the rewards platform.

Optional extra

  • iTAB

    Make it personal with an iTAB. Order yours when you sign up.

  • T-shirt

    For environmental reasons the official t-shirt is now optional.

Every year thousands of runners take part in this event and fundraise for charity. While this is hugely beneficial to the charities it gives the runner advantages too, from supporting a cause that is close to your heart to securing a place in this highly sought-after event and much more.

Benefits of running for charity

Committing to raising money for charity gives you motivation to get outside and run, plus all of these extras which will elevate your event experience:

  • Fundraising support

    Charities know that raising money is all part of the challenge, which is why they provide advice, branded materials and a personalised online fundraising page to help the donations roll in. Think videos for social media, branded imagery and testimonials from previous runners.

  • Training support

    Whether this is your first run or your fifth, you'll need to train for it! You'll receive an in-depth training plan with guidance, plus many charities have access to expert coaches and elite runners too, who can provide exclusive tips for your race preparation. Experts include Runningwithus, Full Potential and Olympic champs.

  • Branded running kit

    When you show up on the day, people need to be able to see clearly that you're supporting a charity. Most charities will give you a branded and personalised t-shirt or vest to run in on the big day, and often a training top too.

  • Support on the day

    When you're partway through your run and your energy is flagging, what you need is a boost from cheering spectators to keep you moving. Many charities set up a cheer station along the route, keeping an eye out for you to send up a huge cheer as you run past!

  • Post-race recovery

    Refreshments and an indulgent post-race sports massage are often provided by charities for their runners. This is the perfect way to recover alongside other people who have run for that cause.

  • Exclusive social groups

    You won't be the only person running for that charity, so it's well worth meeting other runners through the charity's invite-only social media pages! You can organise to meet up for training runs, chat with the charity's expert coaches and share tips and stories with each other to keep the motivation levels running high.

What are charity places?

Charities buy places in this event, then give them to runners who agree to raise money for the charity – these are called charity places. Charity places are a great way to support a good cause and get a place in the event, especially if general entries are closed.

Running and charity fundraising go hand-in-hand - which charity will you run for?

Charity places

These charities have places in the event. To secure your place, select a charity, complete the form and follow the instructions.

Smile Train
Featured Free sign up Children

Smile Train

Get a FREE place with Team EMPOWER at the Great South Run and turn your miles into smiles! Help provide free cleft treatment to people born with cleft around the world.

  • Running vest
  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Supporter cheer packs
  • Training plan
  • Training guide
  • Online training zone
  • Dedicated contact
  • Exclusive social group
  • Certificate
  • Submit fundraising up to 1 month after event

Sign up
FREE

Fundraise
£200

Children

Make-A-Wish UK

Creating life-changing wishes for children with critical illnesses.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£20

Fundraise
£200

Children

Dreams Come True

Making dreams come true to bring joy to seriously ill children.

  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact
  • Certificate

Sign up
£20

Fundraise
£250

Heart

British Heart Foundation

Coronary heart disease is the UK's single biggest killer but the BHF is leading the fight against it.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Bespoke training plan
  • Pro training advice
  • Training guide
  • Online training zone
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£15

Fundraise
£250

Children

Great Ormond Street Hospital Children's Charity

Helping the hospital offer a better future to seriously ill children across the UK.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Cheer squad on the day

Sign up
£15

Fundraise
£200

Children

Roald Dahl's Marvellous Children's Charity

Providing nurses and support to help seriously ill children in the UK.

  • T-shirt
  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan

Sign up
£25

Fundraise
£350

Cancer

Macmillan Cancer Support

No one should have to face cancer alone.

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Pro training advice
  • Training guide
  • Online training zone
  • Dedicated contact
  • Cheer squad on the day

Sign up
£25

Fundraise
£250

Free sign up Cancer

Orchid, Fighting Male Cancer

Raising awareness and saving lives for prostate, testicular and penile cancer.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact
  • Certificate
  • Memento

Sign up
FREE

Fundraise
£200

Heart

Heart Research UK

Funding pioneering medical research into the prevention, treatment and cure of heart disease.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£26

Fundraise
£250

Health and Medical

DEBRA

Providing care and support to those affected by the painful genetic skin condition Epidermolysis Bullosa (EB), which could affect any one of us.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£25

Fundraise
£260

Armed forces

Walking With The Wounded

Mentally, physically and socially wounded ex-service personnel and their families are supported to receive the help they deserve.

  • T-shirt
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact
  • Exclusive social group
  • Memento

Sign up
£30

Fundraise
£300

Social welfare

Victim Support

Where people affected by crime or traumatic events get the support they need and the respect they deserve.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£25

Fundraise
£300

Cancer

Brainstrust

Helping the brain tumour community to feel less alone and more in control.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£31.20

Fundraise
£225

Cancer

The Childhood Eye Cancer Trust

Offering support, advice and information to UK families affected by retinoblastoma.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training guide
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£36.40

Fundraise
£350

Heart

HEART UK

The only charity in the UK to support people with high cholesterol.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£36.40

Fundraise
£350

Health and Medical

Royal Osteoporosis Society

Driving research into bone health to create a future without osteoporosis.

  • Running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Dedicated contact

Sign up
£31.20

Fundraise
£250

  • Age 16 & over
  • 25000 places
  • Entries open
  • Charity entries open
  • Enter online
  • Event merch available
  • Race pack by post
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Entry fees

Early bird entry fee

£43.00

Entry fee

£46.00

Amazing run through a historic city, great support from the enthusiastic spectators, great finish line.

An awesome event with such history - amazing to see people who have run every single year still doing the full 10-miles! The course is fantastic.

The course scenery, location and atmosphere are spectacular. If travelling to the event I would recommend having a long weekend.

I love this event. It is one of my annual races now. The route is flat with a nice sea view at the start and end of the course.

I have done the Great South Run three times. I love this race and would recommend it. My children have also done the junior race. Lovely run, lovely views.

It was amazing to be part of an event with so many others raising money for charity. The setting and atmosphere is always great!

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