ABP Southampton Marathon, Half, 10k & Mile

Sun 5th May 2019
18 Palmerston Rd, Southampton SO14 1LL, UK

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Tickets £5–£49

  • Road
  • Finisher’s medal
  • Finisher’s t-shirt
  • 10000 participants

From the organizer

Organizer's website

Welcome to ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon, and 10k! This fantastic event offers runners the choice of either a Marathon, Half Marathon or 10km race, along with closed roads through the heart of Southampton.

All races start and finish in the heart of Southamptons city centre with the run course passing iconic local landmarks including Bargate, QE2 Anchor and St Marys Stadium. Sure to be the race highlight will be running both the ascent and more popularly the descent over the Itchen bridge, which will be closed exclusively for this unique event.

Distances in this event

  1. Marathon

    Run 42.2km
    9:00am Sun 5th May 2019
    Tickets available
  2. Half Marathon

    Run 21km
    10:00am Sun 5th May 2019
    Tickets available
  3. 10K

    Run 10km
    10:00am Sun 5th May 2019
    Tickets available
  4. Mile Fun Run

    Run 1mi
    4:00pm Sun 5th May 2019
    Tickets available

Route info

Course Maps

What’s Included

Each participant will receive a Technical t-shirt (not cotton), goody bag and the all-important medal.

Course Details

All races start and finish in the heart of Southampton’s city centre with the run course passing iconic local landmarks including Bargate, QE2 Anchor and St Mary’s Stadium. Sure to be the race highlight will be running both the ascent and more popularly the descent over the Itchen bridge, which will be closed exclusively for this unique event.

The Marathon route is an exciting mix of coast, city and parks. This route is predominantly flat, perfect for a debut marathon! This is a 2 lapped route, which means you have twice the fun and you know whats coming up.

Just like the half marathon and 10k in 2018, you’ll get the chance to run over the Itchen Bridge during your race journey.

At the top of the bridge almost 100ft up, you’ll experience a feast for the eyes with the beautiful view of the city, the River Itchen, commercial centre and out to sea towards the Isle of Wight.

There are many delights on this route including running across the Itchen bridge, alongside the beautiful mouth of the Solent, before running through the Premier league Saints stadium, through the huge expanse of the common, then finally after your two laps finish in front of the Guildhall in the city centre.

This event is an ideal choice for first time Marathon runners and an exciting new course for seasoned pro’s alike.

Raceday Logistics

Full Start: 09:00

Half Start: 09:00

10K Start: 10:00

Fun Run Start Time: 1600

Race Village Location: Guildhall Square

Start/Finish Line Location: Above Bar Street adjacent to Watt's Park



Southampton City Counsel are offering all athletes an ALL DAY pay and display ticket at West Park Road Multi-storey Car Park for GBP 2.50.


Southampton Guildhall – The Start

The Race Village is located here so it will be buzzing with excitement as the runners do their warm up countdown to the start and then head off.

Once the runners have gone there is plenty of entertainment coming on our big screen as you can watch live footage, see interviews with runners  and then the Awards presentation to Winners at 1230.

Pop into town for a drink, snack or bite to eat!

Timings: 0700 – 1300

Guildhall Square – Finish Line

Directly in the middle of the Guildhall square, our fabulous host will be keeping the spectators entertained and welcoming the runners across the line!

There will be food and drinks available here and you can head to Sprinkles for Ice cream after!

Timings: 0900 – 1400 for all runners!


As a marshal, you will be stationed around the course to help ensure the smooth running of the Marathon, Half and 10K!

If you sign up to be a marshal, not only will you get to be a part of the day events you will also get a free entry to one of our events next year. So if you are looking to defer to next years event this is the best way to do so. We will send out a code a few weeks after this year's marathon to all marshals entitling you to 100% off entry for an event next year!

Contact the ABP Half Marathon for more information.

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Reviews (35)

4.4 out of 5 stars

  • Course
  • Organisation
  • Atmosphere
  • Did the event in 2018

    hard to find the pacers both 2017 and 2018, race start was easier to find in 2018. parking ok, easy to get out the town after the race, more water is needed after the bridge!
  • Did the event in 2018

    This was my first race! I really enjoyed it. Great organisation, brilliant marshals and volunteers and the local support was amazing too. The Itchen Bridge was my favourite part of the race. Fab medal and race shirt and a bonus banana at the end. Loved it!
  • Did the event in 2018

    This is the first time I have ran around Southampton do I chose the half marathon to gauge the route. Booking process & startI found the booking site easy to use and I later found out that entries could have been upgraded to the full marathon until 3 days before the event. This is the first event I’ve heard of doing this; a nice touch. The start was a bit weird, I didn’t know what was going on nor could I see the pacers. It was forecasted to be a hot day so I wanted to keep a pacer in sight so I kept to the plan without overheating. Turns out that the pacers were wearing an orange t shirt and they were all at the front to start. With the amount of people attending, I believe that the pacers should have been spread out amongst the crowd; this would have meant that the faster runners wouldn’t have had to weave past a few extra people whilst the slower pacers were getting into their rhythm.The route & raceThe route was quite undulating and had various interesting views including running through the football ground, Itchen bridge (twice!!) and a couple of parks which towards the end was a welcome bit of shade.Overall During the race I heard complaints from other runners that there were not enough water stops which I have to agree with. On a cooler day then the planned amount would have been fine but due to the temperature and the build up of heat from the previous days, an extra water stop or two should have been factored in. The mist machine on the course was a nice touch though.The locals were brilliant, and to the people with garden hoses and water guns, whoever you are, thank you!The medal was a good size and the T shirt was nice too.I would do this race again and maybe with a bit more training, may do the full marathon.
  • Did the event in 2018

    First time of doing the southampton marathon on a very hot day.Course had a lot of uphills thats seemed to go on and on.Very hot day needed a LOT more water stations around the course and i would like to praise the local people who provided Extra water stations, paying for the water themselfs and for bring their water hoses out!Start could of benifited with starting pens as spent the first half running around slower runners.i did enjoy the race the bridge was a masive challange with some nice views aound the course, felt the race would of been better in reverse.
  • Did the event in 2018

    An enjoyable and scenic course for a half marathon, the route takes you through the city, out over Itchen Bridge across the estuary (a real highlight) and back again through the iconic St. Mary’s Stadium. From then on through some wonderful urban parks and residential areas before heading back towards the Race Village at Watts Park in the city centre.The Race Village was buzzing with lots of charity marquees, there didn’t appear to be quite enough toilets for the 10,000 runners participating, with huge queues still evident moments before the race. Baggage drop and collection was fast and efficient, situated at The Guildhall next to the Race Village.There didn’t seem to be a staggered start evident, we were all set off as one huge hoard, which creates problems with slow and fast runners being tangled up. Water stations were evenly spaced at miles 3, 6 and 9 with plenty for everyone but given the heat on the day, shower units were a key asset missing from the race.Local support was incredible with thousands out to cheer on the runners, especially in the residential areas where spectators obliged with jelly babies a plenty.The medal is a fine addition to any hanger, the goody bag is standard though a decent technical t shirt is included.In all, I would certainly recommend this for the half marathon but the full was just another lap around. Definitely do the Half once though.
  • Did the event in 2018

    Thus is the third time I have run the half marathon. The first time under the new route and absolutely loved it. The atmosphere was incredible, the marshalls helped out and the public support was the best. So many locals out and cheering. Made the run so much more enjoyable.Thank you for organising such an amazing race. I will be signing up again next year.
  • Did the event in 2018

    Second time; lots of bottlenecks in the first 4miles - all the pacers seemed to be congratulated around the start line and then disappear into the running crowd.  Yes I know must of use have smart watches, and yes I did see that they had orange t-shirts on, but other races have small banners to easily recognise them.  When they’re huddled by a small group of people they just become part of the crowd.
  • Did the event in 2018

    3rd time I've done the half. Each time the course has changed. Easy to get to by train or road. Easy bag drop off. This year the half and full set off at the same time. Chaos!! Not enough toilets and too many people in one area. The start was bad. Nobody could work out how to get into the start so we all climbed over the barriers. All mixed in together so no chance of finding a pacer. Really could of done with runners let off in sections. First couple of miles quite congested and having to pass very slow runners who had probably through no fault of their own ended up at the front. Quite a hard course with lots of bridges and hills but good if you like a challenge. Well marshalled and plenty of water stations and one gel station. It was a really hot day and a lot of residents out with extra water and hosepipes. Bit of everything, city centre, rivers, bridges, parks and a run through the football stadium. Despite the problems at the start I will definitely enter again and I hope the organisers take note of feedback.
  • Did the event in 2018

    Whilst I’ve run half marathons in training, this was my 1st half marathon race. It was well organised, easy to access and the course was suitable for everyone. In view of the heat on Sunday, I’d like to have seen 1 extra water station as it was a slog in the 2nd half with the 2 early on. Recommended.
  • Did the event in 2018

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