Portsmouth is set to welcome the south’s leading running event, the Great South Run to the city on the 14 and 15 October. Portsmouth’s residents and visitors are being encouraged to plan their journey and consider alternative ways to travel to make the most of the weekend and avoid disruption.

The popular run attracts 25,000 runners to Portsmouth, and the 10-mile route journeys from Clarence Esplanade through Old Portsmouth and the Historic Dockyard, returning to Southsea via Canoe Lake.

Those travelling to the event are encouraged to use the Park & Ride PR3 bus, which will be running a shuttle service to and from Clarence Pier before and after the run. During the run, on Saturday the bus will go to Pembroke Road and on Sunday it will go to the city centre. One ticket is needed per parked vehicle, allowing up to five passengers shuttle bus access all day for £4. For timetable information visit https://parkandride.portsmouth.gov.uk/news.shtml.

Marshalls will be assisting in diverting traffic at the road closure points. If you are using the bus services over the weekend, please note there will be significant diversions which may affect your journey. Please visit First Bus or Stagecoach respectively for service updates.

Cllr Gerald Vernon Jackson, Cabinet Member for Traffic and Transportation, said:

“The Great South Run is a fabulous event, and always means a busy weekend in Portsmouth. We are looking forward to welcoming runners and spectators to our seaside city and are asking people to consider alternative ways of travelling including making the most of the Portsmouth Park and Ride, and walking, cycling or renting an e-scooter where possible.”

Anyone looking to travel in the city can take advantage of these top tips for an easier journey:

  • Use a Voi rental e-scooter (over 18s only), – visit voi.com
  • Rent a Beryl electric or push bike (over 16s only) – visit beryl.cc
  • Catch a first or stagecoach bus
  • Hovertravel is also an option, operating every 30 minutes throughout the day between Ryde and Southsea.
  • Consider the Portsmouth Park and Ride, which is found at junction 1 on the M275
  • Take a train where you can – be sure to check with operators for the latest timetables

For general information about visiting Portsmouth visit visitportsmouth.co.uk. For more information about the Great South Run, visit greatrun.org/events/great-south-run. For live Portsmouth travel updates, follow Twitter @portsmouthroads.