With a local winner in the ABP Southampton Marathon pride was restored in the Hampshire port city on Sunday (22 April) despite the Saints' exit in the FA Cup semi-final at Wembley the same day. With the Saints away the marathon course again swept through St Mary's Stadium before Richard Waldron (Southampton AC) raced to victory by three minutes to the delight of the sizeable home crowd at the finish in Guildhall Square.
Richard Waldron led by a minute at halfway (1:15:11) on this two-lap course of city, coast, parks and three iconic bridges, including the tough climb over Itchen Bridge. Closest to the eventual winner at this stage was Adam 'Tango' Holland (Tavistock), who was to finish third as the race reached boiling point on a sticky day.
Waldron held his nerve and form to complete the course in 2:40:46 as the rising temperature began to takes its toll. Dr Sebastian Hoenig (2:43:59), an eminent German astrophysicist at the University of Southampton, got his numbers spot on to run through the pack for second ahead of Holland (2:46:20).
The women's race saw Ireland's Orla Tuohy (Grange-Fermoy AC, 2:58:54) dip under three hours to win from W35 Emma Risbey (Winchester, 3:13:39) and the well travelled Rachel Rutherford (Steel City Striders, 3:17:13). There were 1,070 classified marathon finishers in 6:38:22 and more than half were home inside 4:30:00.
Half the distance and one lap of the course was enough for 4,234 runners in the ABP Half Marathon where the top three finishers were Southampton parkrun specialist Aiden Lennan (1:13:46), Riccardo Rubini (1:16:33) and Max Costley (Southampton, 1:17:08).
Winchester athletes dominated the women's race with Simone Mitchell (1:20:39) and team mate Kathy Bailey (1:24:33) finishing ahead of Annabel Granger (Bristol and West, 1:25:02).
A further 1,839 completed the ABP 10K race with William Bryan (Itchen Spitfires, 34:13) and Serena O'Connor (41:04) leading the pack. More than 500 contested the mile fun run with Luc Pearce (Toynbee, 5:17.6) and Beki Froud (Bitterne, 5:34.1) fastest.
Race details and full results available at runABC South race listings