The Great South Run
Some 25,000 runners will be descending on the south coast on the weekend of 22nd-23rd October to experience the sights of Portsmouth and Southsea in the world’s leading 10-mile run.
The Great South Run is a fast and flat course through the Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, home of HMS Victory, past Spinnaker Tower, finishing on the seafront with beautiful views of the Isle of Wight.
This event has grown into a festival of sport in Portsmouth and Southsea, with the Great South Run 5k and the Junior and Mini Great South Run being staged the day before the 10-mile event.
The course is steeped in history dating as far back as 1212 and features charity cheering points, boost zones, bands on the run and unrivalled support from local residents and spectators.
Whether you’re a highly experienced runner or this is your first 10-miler, preparation is everything. These last-minute tips could make all the difference…
1. Don’t try anything new on the day
Eat the same breakfast you eat every day, run in the same socks you’ve always used, use the same gels that you rigorously tested out in your training, wear the same trainers you used for your long runs. Stick to what you know.
2. Check the weather forecast
Your main aim should be to keep your core temperature down, as you don’t want to be getting heat stroke! Oh and if indeed it is hot - you may need to adjust your pace by 5-10 seconds per mile in the first half before you up things in the second.
3. Write your name on your vest
There is no better boost to your morale than hearing people shout your name as you run past…
4. Don’t drink too much before the race
You want to be properly hydrated first thing in the morning, but stop drinking about half an hour before the start.
5. Keep warm at the start line
If you’ve ever wondered what to do with that old T-shirt that’s not good enough for the charity shop, then think of wearing it whilst you’re standing in your starting pen. If it’s raining, use a large bin bag and cut holes in the side and top for your arms and head. Or use a space blanket.
And finally… make sure you smile!