ABP Southampton Marathon 2024

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ABP Southampton Marathon 2024
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Take part in one of the country's biggest running events with the ABP Southampton Marathon. The routes take in Southampton's most historic landmarks, with a stunning city centre start and finish. Come along for an unforgettable atmosphere and epic medal.
Marathon, Half Marathon, 10k, and 1 more
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Sun, 7 Apr 2024
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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Where and when
Guildhall Square, Guildhall Square, Above Bar St, Southampton SO14 7DU, UK
Start times
Sunday, 7 Apr 2024
Marathon: 9:00 amHalf Marathon: 9:00 am10k: 10:00 am5k: 10:00 am
Event summary
Here are the distances available for ABP Southampton Marathon 2024
£48 - £50
Half Marathon
£38 - £50
£28 - £40
1 Loop
£8 - £25
Route information
Terrain: Road
Elevation: Undulating
Route Type: Loop
All routes will start and finish at the centrally located Southampton Guildhall Square.
Marathon and Half Marathon
All distances start and finish in the centrally located Southampton Guildhall Square.
This inspiring route begins in the city centre before running past ABP Southampton docks, then over the famous Itchen Bridge with its glorious views across the Southampton Waters, The Solent and, even, the New Forest.
Following a section by the shoreline at Weston Shore, the route takes you inside the legendary St Mary’s Football Stadium, home toPremiership football team, Southampton (aka The Saints!).
Passing over Northam Bridge with riverside views once again, you will run through the beautiful Riverside Park before crossing into Portswood and running through Southampton Common (home to the UK’s second largest parkrun!).
Then, for the marathon runners, it’s time for the second lap. Now you know what to expect, it’s time to find your rhythm and really enjoy the sites and landmarks…then focus on reaching that finish line.
The Half Marathon also has the option for wheelchair racers to take part in this event.
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 route takes runners on a loop of the surrounding sights including St Mary's Stadium and Solent University, making use of the city's green and open spaces.
What's included
  • Finisher's Medal
  • Goodie bag
  • Race village
  • Chip-timed results
  • Water stations
  • Event photos
  • Bag drop
  • Toilets
  • Live music
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 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.
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
  • 18 years old to take part in the Marathon
  • 17 years old to take part in the Half Marathon
  • 15 years old to take part in the 10k
  • 12 years old to take part in 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.
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 during the ABP Southampton Marathon?
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 for the ABP Southampton Marathon?
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 the ABP Southampton Marathon?
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 in the ABP Southampton Marathon?
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 at the ABP Southampton Marathon?
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 the ABP Southampton Marathon
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 at the ABP Southampton Marathon?
Yes! The Half Marathon has a wheelchair option.
Do I have to run for a charity for the ABP Southampton Marathon?
No, you do not have to run for a charity, but the organiser would love to know if you are!
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