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Everything you need to know about the 2022 Great South Run

From the route map to the start time, here’s what you need to know

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Part of an incredible weekend of running – which also includes the Great South 5K and Junior Mini Great South Run – the Great South Run is one 10-mile event you don't want to miss. Whether you’re racing or spectating at the Great South Run this year, we’ve got all the information you need for the big day.

When is the Great South Run 2022?

The 2022 Great South Run takes place on October 16, 2022.

How much is entry to the Great South Run?

A place on the start line for the Great South Run costs £46. You can enter here, but be quick – places will sell out fast!

What is the start time of the Great South Run?

Your start time (and wave allocation) will depend on the estimated running time you filled out on your entry form. Your race number will tell you which wave you've been allocated: the background colour of the race number and letter will determine which zone you are in. Full details of wave assembly points and start times will be included in your race pack and in the Event Guide, which will be available to download from the event webpage approximately three weeks before the event weekend.

How do I get to the start line of the Great South Run?

Pier Road, Clarence Esplanade and Avenue de Caen will be closed from 6am, with the remainder of the roads in use during the run closing between 9am and 9:45am. This means if you’re travelling to and from the race by car, traffic in and out of Portsmouth will be limited to the Western entrance (M275) and the Eastern Road (A2030). Once you get into the city there will be plenty of traffic information, guiding you to car parks a short walk away from the main event site. There will also be a temporary event car park on Southsea Common.

If you’re cycling to the event, you can leave your bike in the D-Day Museum car park, or if you fancy a more scenic commute to the start line, you can take a short ferry journey from Gosport to Portsmouth Harbour. Find out more and check ferry times at Gosport Ferry.

What is the 2022 Great South Run route?

The Great South Run is a fast, flat course, and with 10 entertainment zones and three charity cheering squads along the route, the miles will fly past before you know it! For a downloadable route map, click here.

How can spectators track runners at the Great South Run?

Spectators will be able to track runners during the Great South Run by downloading the Great Run app on Apple and Android.

On the app, you can use the live tracking feature to find out exactly how runners are doing, plus get an estimated finish time so you can ensure you make it back to cheer them across the line.

For runners, the app tells you your results and split times as soon as you cross the line, plus gives you exclusive runners' offers and last-minute advice.

Alternatively, spectators who aren’t able to travel to the race will be able to try and spot runners from the comfort of their own home, with live coverage of the race on Channel 5 from 10am until 12 noon.

What else do runners need to know before getting to the start line?

In the days before, and morning of, the Great South Run, it’s important to make sure you fuel yourself properly. From carb loading to your race-day breakfast, here’s exactly what to eat before the Great South Run.

When planning your race-day nutrition, it’s worth noting there will be SIS Gels along the course. If you haven’t trained with these, it’s a good idea to bring your own.

The final bit of all-important prep will be getting your race bag ready, here are four things to make sure you’ve included in your Great South Run post-race bag.

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