One of the best new marathons in Britain is offering guaranteed entry to any Virgin Money London Marathon ballot failures. ABP Southampton Marathon is on the same day as London, so whether you were itching to run over the Itchen Bridge or not you can still race 26.2 miles on Sunday, 22 April 2018.
ABP Southampton Marathon was added to the half marathon, 10k and fun run programme last year as the maritime city of Southampton embraced its first full marathon for more than 30 years. There was a tremendous response as a capacity 10,000 entries were received and winners were David Coak (Eastleigh, 2:51:01) and Sylwia Ward (Stubbington Green, 3:29:24).
The ABP Half Marathon winners were Matthew Bennet (Southampton, 1:12:27) and Simone Dailey (Winchester, 1:20:10) while the 10k was won by James Hughes (Itchen Spitfires, 36:47) and Charlotte Bowsher (Portsmouth, 38:58).
There are two unique opportunities to interact with the organisation. There is a children's competition to design the 2018 ABP Southampton Fun Run medal and adults can suggest their favourite song for the background music to the 2018 post-race event video. The successful medal design for 2017 can be seen in our photo above and the winning song last year was Land of Hope and Glory.
All the races are sponsored by Associated British Ports (ABP) and the main events feature an exciting mixture of city streets, coastal sections and parks, including three of the city’s iconic bridges: Cobden, Northam and the tough climb of the100 feet high Itchen Bridge. The course also passes right through St Mary’s Stadium, giving participants the experience of running alongside the pitch that has been graced by some of the best soccer players in the world.
Image courtesy ABP Southampton Marathon