ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k

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With a variety of distances to choose from, and a race village buzzing with excitement, this event has something for everyone. Take in Southampton's most historic landmarks, and not forgetting the stunning city centre finish. Come along for an unforgettable atmosphere and for a day to remember.
Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, and 1 more
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Sun 5th Sep 2021
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Based on 10,000 participants


5 to 20m elevation gain per km

Where and when
Guildhall Square, Guildhall Square, Above Bar St, Southampton SO14 7DU, UK
Start times
Sun 5th Sep 2021
9:00am |
Half Marathon:
9:00am |
10:00am |
Mile Fun Run:
Races summary
Here's what races are available for ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k
Mile Fun Run
£7.00 - £10.00
£28.00 - £30.00
Half Marathon
£43.00 - £45.00
£58.00 - £60.00
Route information
Marathon and Half Marathon
Both races will start and finish in the centrally located Southampton Guildhall Square.
From the city centre this exciting route begins by heading past the ABP SOuthampton Docks. Runners will enjoy heading over the impressive Itchen Bridge, taking in glorious views across the Southampton Waters, The Solent and, even the New Forest.
Following a section by the shoreline at Weston Shore, runners have the unique experience of racing through the brilliant St Mary’s Football Stadium, home to Premier League football team, Southampton.
Runners will then head over Northam Bridge with more riverside views, before running through the beautiful Riverside Park. They will then cross into Portswood and head through the picturesque Southampton Common.
Here, the Half Marathon runners will head towards the finish and a rousing reception outside the Southampton Guildhall, to complete the race and collect their medals.
For Marathon runners it will be time for your second lap! Runners will know what to expect second time around and can find their rhythm as the race gets tough before coming back to the City Centre to the wonderful finish line atmosphere.
The Half Marathon also has the option for wheelchair racers to take part in this event.
The 10k also starts and finishes in the centrally located Southampton Guildhall Square.
This exciting route begins by taking runners through Queen’s Park, before you'll run over the famous Itchen Bridge with glorious views across the Southampton Waters, The Solent and, even the New Forest.
This will then lead to a loop of Woolston, where you are likely to find many supporters cheering you all the way round. You’ll then head back towards the city centre, over Northam Bridge, taking you right past the legendary St Mary’s Stadium, home of Southampton’s Premier League football team.
Runners will head through the underpass to continue on their route and will run through more of the city’s green spaces, in the shadow of Solent University.
With one final loop to complete, you will sprint towards the wonderful atmosphere that will await at the City centre finish line.
Fun Run
This brilliant Fun Run makes this a truly memorable day out for the whole family. You can walk, jog, run through the city centre parks of Southampton. You can even come in fancy dress if you like, but whichever you want to complete the race bring the whole family along!
What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Event t-shirt
  • Goodie bag
  • Race village
  • Chip-timed results
  • Water stations
  • Event photos
  • Bag drop
  • Toilets
  • Live music
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2020 Half Marathon Finisher's Medal
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2020 10K Finisher's Medal
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2020 Marathon Finisher's Medal
How to get there
Guildhall Square, Guildhall Square, Above Bar St, Southampton SO14 7DU, UK
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By Car
The Guildhall is situated in the centre of Southampton. The city can be accessed from the M27 or the M3.
There are lots of car parks in Southampton, Westquay car parks are now open 24 hours a day and the majority of Council Car Parks will be open from 6am.
At East Park, where the old tennis courts used to be, there will be some bike racks available.
By Train
The nearest train station is Southampton Central, it is approximately 0.4 miles from the race village area (10 minutes).
By Bus
First Bus have kindly offered free transport to anyone wearing their race number on the day of the race.
Event day logistics
07:00 Race Village opens
09:00 Marathon and Half Marathon start time
10:00 10k start time
12:00 Marathon lap 1 cut-off time
12:30 Awards Ceremony
13:00 Fun Run Race Packs available
15:00 Marathon cut-off time
16:00 Fun Run starts
You are recommended to arrive at least 90 minutes before your race, as there will be queues for race pack collection, parking, toilets and bag drop. There will be a warm up and other activities to keep you entertained.
Race Pack
Race numbers with race information will be collected on the day, please leave enough time to collect it. Your timing chip will be attached to your number.
Age Restrictions
You must be at least 18 to take part in the Marathon, at least 17 for the Half Marathon and at least 15 for the 10k.
Fun Run
  • The Fun Run is open to children between the age of 2 and 17.
  • Please note that children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a paying adult running with the child.
So you have two options:
  • If your child is between the age of 8 and 17 you can enter them to run by themselves.
  • You can enter yourself and your child to run together (child age 2-17)
Cut-off times
Runners must have completed the first lap of the Marathon by 12:00 and must complete the full Marathon by 15:00. There will be motivators at the back of the race so no one will be left on their own.
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Spectator Info
There are plenty of cracking spots to watch the runners race through the streets, or you can watch on the giant TV in the race village.
Where can I leave my bag?
There is a baggage drop area in the Guildhall. This must be labeled with your tag and race number. There may be queues, so please plan ahead.
Is there a cut-off time?
Yes, 12:00 is the cut-off time for the first lap of the Marathon and 15:00 is the cut-off time for the completion of the Marathon.
Can I wear headphones while I run?
Anyone not competing for a podium place may now wear headphones, however it is asked that you keep one earbud out to listen for instructions and other runners.
How old do I have to be to participate?
Participants must be 18 and over to enter the Marathon, 17 and over to enter the Half Marathon, 15 and over to enter the 10k, and must be older than 2 years for the Fun Run. Children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a paying adult for the Fun Run.
Will there be pacers for any of the races?
There will be pacers for the Half Marathon and the 10k, but unfortunately there will not be pacers for the Marathon.
Will there be toilets at this event?
There will be many toilets available around the race village as well as other toilets available on the course.
Can I take part in a wheelchair?
Yes! The Half Marathon has a wheelchair option.
Do I have to run for a charity?
No, you do not have to run for a charity, but the organiser would love to know if you are!
Do I have to enter to run with my child in the Fun Run?
The Fun Run is open to children between the age of 2 and 17. Please note that children under the age of 8 must be accompanied by a paying adult running with the child. You can therefore enter a child between the age of 8 and 17, or you can enter yourself with your child of any age between 2 and 17.
8 reviews
Did the 10k in 2021
Had a great day, great atmosphere and course. Not to difficult a course. Volunteers were terrific. Plenty of places for people wishing to watch.
Did the Half Marathon in 2021
Very well organised and there was an amazing atmosphere!! The course is pretty tough due to the hills!! Great t-shirt and medal :)
Did the Marathon in 2021
It was not an easy route but the atmosphere was amazing the whole city came out to cheer the runners with water spray, fruits, water etc. It was well organised and by far it was of great value.
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
I did the half marathon, great atmosphere and didn’t find the Itchen Bridge too bad, loved running through the stadium and got a great race photo In the stadium. The hill towards the end felt tough luckily there was a water station at the top and it was a warm day.
Did the Marathon in 2019
Great event! A challenging two lap course and amazing support for the first lap (which coincided with those running the half marathon) and a quieter second lap, but still with amazing locals out to keep us going! The final mile was amazing with all the support and cheers. Well organised, good marshalling, excellent medical support and a lovely medal! If you want a “not flat” marathon and some beautiful scenery despite being through the city, this one is for you!
Did the Marathon in 2019
Number collection was so disorganised, the start was disorganised and the half and full started together which made it very difficult and busy ! the pacers were no where to be seen as they were all mixed up with marathon and half marathon
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
4th time of running Southampton half.... previous years have been horrible, not the course, not the organisation nor the atmosphere, just me and probably not being fit enough. However, this year I laid the demons to rest and enjoyed it from start to finish.Great run, well organised and well supported by the City of Southampton... Highly recommend it to anyone looking for a few challenging hills - Itchen Bridge and Burgess Road are particular favourites !!! All mixed in with a bit of park running, through the Premier League Stadium, wiggling through the ports along side the Solent and around the suburbs of Southampton where all the residents get out and support the runners. Well done ABP and Southampton..... Will be back next year.
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Great event great finish line with plenty of supporters, course really made with the cut through st marys football ground. Packet pickup on day only thing that needs looking at as half marathon was starting as I was still in big queue to get race stuff
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Recent Questions
Anne Best
Will my race pack be sent in advance? Thanks.
Vicki Johnson
Is this race UKA certified?
Steph Ede
Hey Vicki. Yes it is :-)
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