The world-leading fast and flat course attracts a huge variety of runners, from the elite through to novices and first-time runners. The race spans the width of Portsmouth and Southsea and passes some of the areas' most famous landmarks and sights.

This Sunday, runners will set-off next to the Portsmouth War Memorial on Southsea Common, run past the Spinnaker Tower in Gunwharf Quays, through Portsmouth Historic Dockyard alongside HMS Victory and HMS Warrior and finish the race on the seafront with beautiful views of the Isle of Wight.

Runners' motivation for completing the race can differ from person to person as much as their running experience can. From seasoned runners looking to improve their personal-best, to first-time runners looking to take in the sights or run for a charitable cause, the race caters for everyone. We would encourage spectators to walk down this Sunday morning and show support to everybody wearing a race number.

Our Great South Runners

Among the runners this year, we are proud to announce that there will be a number supporting The Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity. Below are a few of their stories:

LET Chris Smalley

Chris recently transferred from the British Army, having served 11 years in the Royal Electrical and Mechanical Engineers. Currently working in a new position within HMNB Portsmouth and due to start his LETQC (Leading Engineering Technician Qualifying Course) this December, Chris has been learning and adapting to a role within a Royal Navy base since April this year.
Having taken part in a few charity events already Chris saw a post on the Royal Navy and Royal Marines Charity Facebook page in May and put himself forward to support us.

”It’s an excellent cause and I am aware that it benefits not just the Naval community but the larger tri-service community, [particularly] with the recent donation for PTSD sufferers.” - Chris Smalley
Chris intends to complete several events during the next year and reach his target of £2000 by December 2017 .

You can donate on Chris’ Virgin Money Giving page here

Chris Sherlock

Having served 22 years in the Fleet Air Arm, Chris has always supported and valued the direct support that we provide to sailors, marines and their families. Below is Chris' story of why he has chosen to support us.

”On the 21st June 2010 my wife’s cousin, Marine Paul Warren was fatally wounded by an IED on his second tour of Afghanistan. The RNRMC supported our family during this difficult team as we grieved and came to terms with the loss of Paul. Since then as a family we do what we can to support the charity.”
Chris' brother in law has raised over £1,500 cycling and now Chris has decided he wants to show his support too. Chris' plan is to run the Southdown's Trail Marathon on behalf of the RNRMC next year and potentially more in the future .

You can donate on Chris’ Virgin Money Giving page here

Iain and Kieran Perry

Iain and his son Kieran will be taking part in their first Great South Run this Sunday. Iain is a serving police officer with the Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Kieran is studying Uniform Services at Cambridge Regional College.
Both recognise the work that the RNRMC and Royal Marines Charity do and want to support the cause, particularly because Iain's dad, James Robert Perry, is a 91-year-old former Royal Marine and D-Day veteran.

”Running the Great South is our way of saying 'Thank You' to all former and current Royal Marines for their service.” - Iain Perry

Showing our support

We are hugely grateful for the support of Chris, Chris, Iain and Kieran as well as all the other runners who will be running on the RNRMC's behalf this weekend.

The main race will start on Sunday 23 October at around 10.30am, to see a map of the course scroll to the bottom of this page.

If you can't get down to watch the race, you can watch it live on Channel 5. 

Great South Run 2016 Map

(Obtained from on 19 October 2016)