The Big Pilgrimage

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The Big Pilgrimage follows a recently discovered Pilgrim Trail called 'The Old Way' dating back to 1360. Runners will race along the stunning coastal route, passing several historic landmarks to collect stickers throughout to add to their race bib.
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Marathon, Ultra Marathon, and 15 Mile
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Calendar
Sun, 21 Aug 2022
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Southampton, United Kingdom
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4.6
(42 Reviews)
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Where and when
Location
Mayflower Park, Town Quay, Southampton SO14 2AQ, UK
Start times
Sun, 21 Aug 2022
15 Mile:
7:50am |
Marathon:
7:30am |
Ultra Marathon:
7:20am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for The Big Pilgrimage
15 Mile
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15mi
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130m+
£29.00 - £44.00
Marathon
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26.2mi
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404m+
£42.00 - £57.00
Ultra Marathon
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54km
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404m+
£48.00 - £63.00
Route information
The Big Pilgrimage follows a newly discovered Pilgrim Trail called 'The Old Way'. The point to point trail takes you from Southampton to Canterbury and was recently discovered on Britain's oldest road map, the Gough Map c.1360.
The run starts from Mayflower Park in Southampton, where the Pilgrim Fathers departed to America from the Mayflower. Runners will enjoy stunning countryside and coastal trails throughout.
The Solent Way will take runners across the Itchen Bridge, before following the shoreline to Hamble, where you will take a specially scheduled ferry across to Warash. The beautiful and varied trails will then head through Hill Head Harbour and Titchfield. The 15 mile race will finish at the oldest Church in Hampshire, St Peter's Church in Titchfield.
As the Marathon runners continue on through Wickham, Portsdown Hill will provide a challenge but they will be rewarded with stunning views out onto the English Channel. The Marathon finishes at the historic Fort Nelson atop Portsdown Hill.
Runners will collect stickers at famous pilgrimage landmarks on the route, such as Netley Castle and Titchfield Abbey. These stickers will create a collectable race number to remember.
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What's included
  • Finisher's medal
  • Collectable race stickers
  • Bag drop
  • Ferry transfer
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Landmark Sticker Collection
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How to get there
Mayflower Park, Town Quay, Southampton SO14 2AQ, UK
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Transport to the start line
Bus transport is available for both races. Parking will be available near the finish of your race, and then a bus will take you to the start. This bus service costs an additional fee of £10. Please select the appropriate ticket at the checkout if you wish you use this service.
Parking
Parking for the 15 mile racers will be at Titchfield Community Centre, (PO17 6AN). Parking for marathon runners is at the Fort Nelson visitor's car park (PO17 6AN).
By Car
The start location in Mayflower Park, and both finish points at Fort Nelson and Titchfield Community Centre can be accessed from the M27.
Event day logistics
07:20 Ultra starts
07:30 Marathon starts
07:50 15 Mile starts
Please arrive with plenty of time to park, register and appropriately warm up.
Age Restrictions
You must be at least 18 years old to take part in the Marathon, and at least 17 to take part in the 15 Mile.
Trees not Tees
At the checkout you can decide to either receive a finisher's medal or plant a tree. If you would like to plant a tree and also receive a medal, then select the appropriate ticket at the checkout (named Standard Entry + Medal + Plant a tree). There is an additional cost of £5 for both the medal and the plant a tree option.
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FAQ's
Is there race transport for The Big Pilgrimage?
Bus transport is available for both races. Parking will be available near the finish of your race, and then a bus will take you to the start. You can select this option when booking. Exact locations are listed in the travel section.
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Will there be a bag drop at The Big Pilgrimage?
Yes, there will be a bag drop at the start, and your bags will be transferred to your race finish point.
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What are the age restrictions for the The Big Pilgrimage?
You must be at least 18 years old to take part in the Marathon and Ultra, and at least 17 to take part in the 15 Mile.
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Reviews
4.6
42 reviews
lorraine
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5.0
Did the Marathon in 2022
Brilliant. course. Just one point where there is a deep gully that needs signage to make sure you deter so you don’t have to jump the gully
diane
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5.0
Did the Marathon in 2022
What a bloody brilliant race!! I loved collecting the stickers and riding the ferry!
samantha
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4.7
Did the 15 Mile in 2022
Really great route made it go so fast will definitely do it again next year really enjoyed it
andy
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5.0
Did the 15 Mile in 2022
Enjoyed every second of it and after last year spread the word throughout Fareham running club about how good it was encouraging more from our club to take part the feed back was all positive from our runners and hope to get more next year
stephen
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5.0
Did the Marathon in 2022
Great event, fabulous route, such fun!
dean
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5.0
Did the 15 Mile in 2022
Brilliant day, great event
lesley
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5.0
Did the Marathon in 2022
Excellent marshaling and organisation
kim
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4.7
Did the Marathon in 2022
This was my second year running the Big Pilgrimage marathon and it was absolutely fantastic. A cracking route with a little bit of everything from beach/shingle to hills and road. Would recommend this for anyone wanting to challenge themselves as it’s certainly a tough route but absolutely worth it
holly
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5.0
Did the 15 Mile in 2022
Great event! Lots of different terrain, no big hills in the 15 mile event which made it doable for newbies! Stickers were a nice touch! A couple of arrows were missing around Solent Breezes but those were my local trails, so I knew where to go and they soon popped up again! Also the coffee van, Box Brew, was excellent!! So friendly and the coffee and cake was delicious!! Nice touch finishing at the Abbey. I would like to come again next year!
caroline
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5.0
Did the 15 Mile in 2022
Such a brilliant day out, stunning route and an awesome backdrop for the 15 mile finish. Well stocked aid stations and a fab medal. Thank you
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Recent Questions
Bob Maguire
10/25/2021
Where does the 54k finish?
Bob Maguire
10/25/2021
Where does the 54k finish?
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