Sun 7 Apr 2024 Southampton, Hampshire, UK

ABP Southampton Marathon

This 2-lap marathon course offers a spectacular route including green parks, shoreline and riverside views, starting and finishing at the iconic Southampton Guildhall.

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  • Sun 7 Apr 2024
Guildhall Square, Southampton




Age 18 & over

  • 26.2 miles road running


Get that finish line feeling!

An incredible day of running across Southampton with events for all ages and abilities, which have previously gained a Bronze award for top runner reviews! With glorious riverside and shoreline running, the scenery is sure to ease you through those miles as you race for the finish.


  • Southampton's incredible day of springtime running
  • Huge variety of sights and scenery
  • Range of distances to suit varying ages, abilities and goals
  • Runners' race village buzzing with support and excitement
  • Plenty of runner benefits including free photos, training plans and kit
Get the finish line feeling

This event is part of ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon, 10K and 5K.

Event video

  • Event expo
  • Event village
  • Families
  • Fancy dress
  • Newcomers
  • Spectators
  • Teams
  • Traders at event
  • Wheelchair users

Race village

The atmosphere of the event is encouraging and friendly to all, regardless of your level of experience. The Race Village is always buzzing with support and excitement too! It's a great day out with a Family Fun Run and Challenges taking place as well.


Partners and local community groups will have various forms of entertainment for spectators in the race village, as well as live music on the stage. Around the route there will be several great entertainment groups.

Arrival time

You are advised to turn up 90 minutes before your run starts.

  • Accommodation
  • Bag storage
  • Bar
  • Cafe
  • Paid parking
  • Toilets
  • Urban

Event HQ

Guildhall Square
Above Bar Street
SO14 7DU

Starting and finishing in the centre of Southampton ensures easy access and exit on race day, with plenty of car parks, buses and the central train station to choose from.

By rail

The nearest train station is Southampton Central.

By bus

There will be some bus routes running - please check with local operators including Blue Star Bus, Unilink bus and First Group UK Bus Hampshire.

By car

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 0600.

  • 2 laps
  • Cut off time
  • Entertainment
  • Marshals
  • Sweeper
  • Toilets
  • Water stations

Route map

Marathon route map
A 2-lap course starting and finishing in the city centre.

Route highlights

  • Iconic Southampton Guildhall
  • Southampton city centre
  • Southampton docks
  • Itchen Bridge with views across Southampton Waters and The Solent
  • Section of shoreline
  • Inside St Mary's Football Stadium!
  • Northam Bridge with riverside views
  • Riverside Park
  • Portswood
  • Southampton Common

Route description

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 to Southampton Football Club (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, 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.

Cut off

You will need to complete lap one by 12 noon and finish the full route by 3pm. The start time is 9am. There are motivators at the back of the race so no-one will be on their own.

  • Cash prizes
  • Chip timing
  • Medal
  • Race photo
  • Technical t-shirt
  • Training plan


  • Free race photos
  • Accurate chip timing, attached to your race number
  • A specially designed medal as you cross the line
  • Access to free training plans

Optional extra

  • A finisher's t-shirt is available for purchase during registration in moisture-wicking fabric, to wear with pride

Charity places

These charities have places in the event. To secure your place, select a charity, complete the form and follow the instructions.


Macmillan Cancer Support

No one should have to face cancer alone.

  • Technical t-shirt
  • Personalised running vest
  • Fundraising support
  • Fundraising materials
  • Training plan
  • Pro training advice
  • Training guide
  • Online training zone
  • Dedicated contact
  • Cheer squad on the day

Sign up


  • Age 18 & over
  • Entries open
  • Charity entries open
  • Collect race pack
  • Event merch available
  • Race pack by post
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