Great South Run 2015
Sunday 25th October sees the return of the Morrisons Great South Run to Southsea – where the Clarence Esplanade will once more explode into a sea of colour, as thousands of runners descend upon the south coast for the historic race.
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the 10-mile run, which is the only one of its length to have achieved IAAF (International Association of Athletics Federation) gold label status in the world. It’s proved a popular run for many top athletes in past years, including Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe.
The ‘fast and flat’ run both starts and ends on Clarence Esplanade, and takes in Old Portsmouth, Portsmouth Cathedral and the Historic Dockyard, directly past the Royal Navy’s current naval ships. Whilst the race is now imminent and runners have been allocated their places, spectators are welcome to come and view, support and cheer on all of the runners in what’s set to be a brilliant and exciting day for Southsea and its surrounds. And who knows, it may inspire you to sign up and take part in 2016’s run! For those unfamiliar with the area, nearby Portsmouth is a great extended day out, with nearby Gunwharf Quays for shopping and eating, and the Spinnaker Tower for amazing views across the south coast being popular choices to visit.
You may not know that the Great South Run is part of a festival of sport that’s taking place in Portsmouth on the same weekend. All in all, 30,000 people will take part in four events across two days, which includes the Junior & Mini Great South Run for younger runners – with a 1.5km course for those aged 3-8, and a 2.5km course for those aged 9-15; and the Great South Run 5k, which is a hugely popular event for first-time runners.
If you’d like more information on the Morrisons Great South Run, you can take a look at www.greatrun.org/great-south-run.