The world's leading 10-mile running event starting at the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Make a family weekend of it!
Portsmouth may be famous for its maritime and naval history but for one weekend in October it becomes a hub of land-based activity as 24,000+ runners head for Southsea for a range of running events, the daddy of which is the Great South Run.
The route itself starts off on Clarence Parade between Southsea Common and the D-Day Museum. From there you’ll head on up the seafront before darting inland and running past Portsmouth Cathedral, the Spinnikar Tower and the iconic HMS Victory.
Once past the famous ship you’ll head further inland, eventually heading back out for a final, and hopefully quick, burst by the sea to finish - with stunning views over the Isle of Wight.
Runners can find training advice, preparation tips, important race details and exclusive offers on the free Great Run App. Friends and family can also use the app, to track your progress in real time and get an estimated finish time for to see you cross the line.
"First race I ever entered so will always be special...great experience, loved the bands and the crowds"
"An amazing race and will defo be going back next year to do it all again!"
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 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.
Raising money for charity is a big part of the Great South Run experience for many runners. It's also the best way of securing your place at this popular 10-mile run.
Secure your charity place and fundraise for your chosen cause - choose a charity below to get started.
The UK’s leading support and research charity for the 850,000 people living with dementia, their families and carers.
Every 3 minutes someone develops dementia, a progressive brain disease that slowly destroys memory and the ability to carry out the simplest tasks and it can happen to anyone at any time. Your support of Alzheimer's Society directly helps over 100,000 people through their local services across the UK and to fund their commitment to spend £150 million on cutting-edge research over the next decade to improve care and work towards a cure.
Registered no: 296645.
Secure your place for £1
Every blind veteran should be able to lead the life they choose.
By offering in-depth expertise, a range of services and our years of experience, we support those who've served in the Armed Forces or has completed National Service, and those who are now living with significant sight loss.
We are proud to have been offering physical and emotional support to veterans with vision impairment since 1915, and we continue to help those adjusting to the loss of sight and overcome the challenges of blindness.
Registered no: 216227.
Secure your place for £10
Fighting against loneliness and isolation for older people living across the UK.
Sadly, almost three-quarters of older people in the UK identify as lonely, so supporting MHA has never been more important. You'll be helping older people thrive in communities that care - reducing isolation, promoting 'Live at Home' schemes, providing therapy for those with dementia and more. MHA has been improving the lives of older people for over 75 years and with your support can help many more.
Registered no: 1083995.
Care and support for people with MND, their families and carers.
Motor Neurone Disease (MND) is a progressive disease that attacks the motor neurones, or nerves, in the brain and spinal cord leaving people unable to walk, talk or feed themselves. It's fatal with no known cure. We fund vital research into causes, treatments and a cure, providing care and support to those affected and raise awareness of the disease throughout society.
Registered no: 294354.
For dogs, cats and communities.
Mayhew is an animal welfare charity in London and internationally and is funded entirely by public donations. They look at causes of animal neglect and abandonment to provide support and preventative veterinary care.
£25 enables their Animal Welfare Officers to answer a call for help or £50 helps to keep their animal ambulance running for three days.
Registered no: 1077588.
No one should have to face cancer alone.
Macmillan Cancer Support wants to make sure no one has to face cancer alone. A cancer diagnosis can change everything, so we're here to help you with anything from money worries to advice about work, healthcare options to just needing someone to talk to. We're a constant source of support to people affected by cancer and their families and carers.
As treatments improve, more and more people are living with cancer in their daily lives. We fund specialist health care professionals and build cancer care centres to help provide cutting edge support.
We rely completely on our supporters to help us make sure that people facing the toughest fight of their lives don't have to do it alone.
Registered no: 261017.
Every childhood is worth fighting for.
Together we can help children who’ve been abused to rebuild their lives. Together we can protect children at risk. And, together, we can find the best ways of preventing child abuse from ever happening.
We change the law. We visit schools across the country, helping children understand what abuse is. And, through our Childline service, we give young people a voice when no one else will listen.
But all this is only possible with your support.
Every pound raised, every petition you sign, every minute of your time, will help make sure we can fight for every childhood.
Registered no: 216401/SC037717.
There are 2 ways to secure your place in Great South Run.
Sorry, applications for charity places are now closed.
Sorry, entries are now closed.
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