ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k 2022

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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, 24 Apr 2022
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Start times
Sun, 24 Apr 2022
9:00am |
Half Marathon:
9:00am |
10:00am |
Races summary
Here's what races are available for ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon & 10k 2022
Half Marathon
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.
The 5k starts and finishes in the centrally located Southampton Guildhall Square, before taking runners through the Queen's Park for some entertainment. With the stadium in your sight, you'll head towards Solent University before the home straight for your finish-line photo.
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
How to get there
O2 Guildhall, W Marlands Rd, Southampton SO14 7LP, 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 and 5k start time
12:00 Marathon lap 1 cut-off time
12:30 Awards Ceremony
15:00 Marathon cut-off time
You are recommended to arrive at least 90 minutes before your race, as there will be queues for parking, toilets and bag drop. There will be a warm-up and other activities to keep you entertained.
Booking Deadline
The deadline to sign up is the 3rd of April. After the 7th of March, there will be a £10 admin fee for any changes and there will be NO refunds after this date.
Race Pack
Race numbers with race information will be sent out in advance of your race. 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, at least 15 for the 10k, and 12 and older to enter the 5k.
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.
Kit List
Enter your shoe size at the checkout to be in the chance of winning a free pair of shoes.
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 12 and older to enter the 5k.
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!
122 reviews
Did the race in 2022
Very disappointed. Runners mainly there for the Half so when they finished, it was very lonely, not for me at all! I am not a fan of two lap runs and went the wrong way at one point in second lap as no runners in front of me and no marshall on the junction. It was very windy especially on the bridge (you go over that 4 times in the marathon) Support from bystanders was fantastic but no comraderie or atmosphere amongst the runners. It was described as predominantly flat which was not quite accurate!!
Did the race in 2022
Superb Atmospherehighly recommend
Did the race in 2022
Enjoyed the route along the seaside and the old town. Paper cups should be used instead of plastic bottles and pouches. One sport drink provided wasn't enough, perhaps smaller quantities scattered along the course.Distance and toilets signs along the course would be helpful.A special thank you to two marshals, Anna and Mark for helping sorting out my cramps.
Did the race in 2022
The course description said that it was predominately flat. Well I thought that it was very hilly. It also said that there were coastal paths but only one stretch. Entertainment hardly anything. No pace makers for marathon runners, no starting waves so that I ended up starting off too fast. The crowds at the finish were amazing! However I didn't enjoy Southampton marathon so I won't be doing this one again. Sorry.
Did the race in 2022
This was my first marathon and it was brilliant. Very well organised. The marshals were fantastic, really provided the support and encouragement to help you cross that finish line. Couldn’t have done it without them. 100% recommend.
Did the race in 2022
Well organised fantastic marshalls & lovely scenery, very tough course far too many hills
Did the race in 2022
Course was narrow in a number of places and difficult to see traffic cones in the first couple of miles due to the number of runners. Not enough Marshalls during marathon 2nd lap: my partner went wrong way at one corner. More hilly than expected, a route profile on the website would help. Map provided in the pack was not clear for runners not familiar with Southampton.
Did the race in 2022
Really enjoyed the race. I managed to break 3 hours for the marathon which was really good. The support and the stewarding was excellent. My only negative feedback would be that the mile markers weren’t in the right places and the 10k timing mat is closer to 9k. Still thoroughly enjoyed the event though
Did the race in 2022
The water bottles given this year were a game changer, absolutely brilliant being able to easily carry them and sip rather than drink quickly and chuck away. The course this year was also much better than last year.
Did the race in 2022
More toilets on the course would be good in the future.
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