Explore the historic Great South Run route

Explore the historic Great South Run route

Experience the south coast’s best 10-mile event at the Great South Run and discover a course steeped in history. From the Historic Dockyard to the Anglican Cathedral and beautiful beaches, Portsmouth has it all.

Each mile of this popular run on the south coast tells a chapter of Portsmouth’s story as a port city and naval base. You’ll run right by the historic ships of HMS Warrior, HMS Victory and The Mary Rose, plus you’ll enjoy running alongside the beautiful beaches of the South Coast.

Featured along the course will be charity cheering points, bands on the run and unrivalled support from 1,000’s of residents and spectators.

We take a look at some of the key attractions on the 10-mile route...

Portsmouth Naval Memorial

Portsmouth Naval Memorial

The Portsmouth Naval Memorial on Southsea Common commemorates almost 10,000 sailors of the First World War and nearly 15,000 of the Second World War.
Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral

Portsmouth Anglican Cathedral

You’ll be running past the beautiful Cathedral just before hitting the 1-mile mark. It has a Romanesque style and the chapel dates back to the 12th century.
Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Emirates Spinnaker Tower

Around one and a half miles into the race you’ll pass Gunwharf Quays, home to the iconic 170m-tall Spinnaker Tower.
HMS Warrior

HMS Warrior

Entering the Historic Dockyard, you’ll see HMS Warrior on your left - a 40-gun steam-powered ship built for the Royal Navy around 1860.
HMS Victory

HMS Victory

Best known for her role in the Battle of Trafalgar, HMS Victory is arguably the world’s most famous warship. Hop on board after the run and stand on the spot where Lord Nelson fell.
Mary Rose Museum

Mary Rose Museum

Lost in 1545, recovered in 1982 and now on display a purpose build museum, Henry VIII's warship The Mary Rose is Portsmouth’s top visitor attraction on TripAdvisor.
Victoria Park

Victoria Park

Portsmouth’s first public park was opened in 1878 – you’ll pass this beautiful space upon completing 3 miles of the Great South Run.
Eastney Beam Pumping Station

Eastney Beam Engine House

Featuring around mile 8 of the run, this Victorian engine house dates back to 1887 and is a Grade II listed building.
Eastney Beach

Eastney Beach

The final couple of miles will see you run alongside the gorgeous Eastney Beach until you reach Southsea Beach and its pier.
South Parade Pier

South Parade Pier

During your final mile you’ll eventually come to Southsea Beach and pass by the South Parade Pier (built in 1879) on your way to the finish line.

Want to get a place in the Great South Run?

Many charities are offering guaranteed places in this event – secure your charity Great South Run place now.

Great South Run charity places


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