Great South Run 2020: Date, how to sign up, cost, distance and more

Thousands of people have taken part in the Great South Run 2019 in Portsmouth, but for many the attention is already turning to next year’s event.

By Kieran Davey
Monday, 21st October 2019, 5:26 pm
Entries for the Great South Run and Great South Run 5k for 2020 are now open
Entries for the Great South Run and Great South Run 5k for 2020 are now open

The date for the next Great South Run has been released, and runners can now sign up. Here are the full details you need to know:

When is the Great South Run 2020?

Next year’s Great South Run – the 31st edition of the popular event – will take place on Sunday October 18.

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Participants in the Great South Run pass HMS Victory, in Portsmouth Historic Dockyard. Picture: Mary Turner

The Great South Run is typically held on the third Sunday of October each year, with other events – including the canine run, 5k and childrens’ run – taking place the day before.

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How I do sign up, and how much does it cost?

Entries are now open, and there is an early bird price of £34.40 for the first 1,000 runners to sign up. You can sign up on the official Great South Run website – you will need to create an account before paying.

Will you be wearing fancy dress next year? Picture: Vernon Nash (201019-096)

The normal prices are as follows – these are subject to change:

Great South Run – £42.00 per person

Great South Run 5k – £22.00 per person 

Great South Run Junior – TBC

The elite athletes taking part in the Great South Run 2019. Picture: Shaun Roster

Great South Run Mini – TBC

How long is the Great South Run?

The Great South Run takes place in Southsea and is a 10-mile event.

About 20,000 runners signed up to the 2019 event, which started on Clarence Esplanade. Places were sold out weeks before the event.

Runners headed towards Old Portsmouth, through Portsmouth Historic Dockyard, before heading west to Winston Churchill Avenue.

From there they ran around Southsea Common before the final two miles through Eastney.

How do I sign up for the Great South Run 5k?

Entry is now open for the Great South Run 5k which will take place on Saturday October 17 2020.

You must be 14 years old or over to take part. To take part sign up on the Great South Run website.

How do I sign up for the Great South Junior and Mini run?

Entries for the junior and mini runs are not yet open – but you can register your interest on the website and will be sent details when you can sign up.