Event FAQs


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Marathon FAQs

What’s the last date for entries?
  • Entries for 2021 are set to close on the 20th March 2021 but when spaces are gone they are gone!
How do I get my Race number?

We will be posting out Race numbers with Race Day Information to reach you well in advance of the race.

I am ill injured or unable to run, what can I do?
  • If you notify us by as soon as possible we maybe able to defer your place until 2021.

    Contact us –
    Unfortunately, we cannot offer refunds.
What if I need to change my address?
  • Please log back into your registration using your email address and password you supplied, this will need to be completed by the 22nd of May. If you missed the deadline, you can pay £10 for a new race pack.

    Please contact events@reesleisure.co.uk so we can help get this sorted for you and make sure you are race ready for the big day!
What happens if I have lost my password or can’t login to Active Network?
Can I swap my place with a friend?
  • Sorry no that will not be possible. Each Race number is assigned to a runner with individual medical details and it would not be safe to do so.
Do you have a waiting list?
  • No once all the spaces have gone, that is it for the 2021 event.
Where can I stay before the event?
  • There are a number of hotels in Southampton to choose from.
Can I wear earphones or use an IPod?
  • Anyone who is not running for a prize is now allowed to wear headphones. This is new for this year and means that if you are not competing for a podium place then you are allowed to wear earphones. If however you are aiming to be one of the fastest runners in your event then the Race rules (UKA and BARR) do not allow the use of earphones or iPods, and you may be disqualified.

    It is VITAL to note that whilst this is a closed roads race, we strongly recommend that you have 1 earbud out at all times so that you can hear marshal directions, as well as awareness of other runners who may be faster than you. We will also have lots of entertainment and support on route, so you don’t want to miss out on all Southampton has to offer!
How do I enter a Corporate Team?
  • To Register a Corporate Team you just need to add your company name to your Registration and ensure your colleagues do too. To edit your details please follow the instructions.
Can I swap down to the half or 10k?
  • If you feel the full marathon or half marathon is a little out of your reach you can swap back down to the half or 10km distance. Please note there will be a £5 transfer fee and you will be transferred across to the shorter distance rate at the current price and you will need to make this change by the 31st of March!

    Please contact us on events@reesleisure.co.uk to make this amendment for you.
Can I swap my 10km entry to Half place or my half to a full?
  • You can! Please note there will be a £5 exchange fee and you will be transferred to the half/ marathon entry at the current price (this means that there will be a price difference to pay.) Please contact us on events@reesleisure.co.uk to make this amendment for you and you will need to make this change by the 222nd July!
What do I do if I have a medical issue?
  • Please ensure you have updated all your medical information on your registration form and contact us on events@reesleisure.co.uk if this is something we need to be aware of before the day.
Is there a cut-off time for the full marathon?
  • Yes, we need you to complete lap one by 12noon please (start time 9am) and finish the full route by 3pm. We do have motivators at the back of the race so no-one will be on their own.
How do I enter ABP Southampton Marathon/half/10k 2021?

Registration FAQs

What is the last date for deferrals and category transfers?
  • The closing date for deferrals will be on the 22nd of May, if we have to change the event date then this will be delayed.
Where do I pick up my Free t-shirt?

Your t-shirt will be given to you in the Finish Distribution area in the Guildhall Square after you have completed the race on Race Day itself.

Where can I put my bag and/or clothing I don’t want during the race?
  • Please put all your clothing into a bag, add the ABP Southampton Baggage label which has your Race number on it (this comes in your race pack) and hand it in at the Guildhall building prior to the race. Baggage will be available to be dropped off from 0700 and then collection will be open all morning. Please note you will need your official Race Number to collect your bag.
What do I do on the day?
  • Other than have an enjoyable race? Full details of timings and what you need to do are in your Race Pack, the website and on social media. If you have any specific questions, please email events@reesleisure.co.uk
What time does my Race start?
  • The Full Marathon and Half Marathon starts at 09:00
    The 10K will begin at 10:00
    The Mile Fun run starts at 16:00
What time do I need to get there?
  • We recommend you aim to be on site at least 90 minutes before your official race start time. There will be queues for parking, toilets and baggage drop off so it is best to be prepared! We also have a warm up, and interactive areas in our race village! An exciting day lies ahead!
Where are the nearest train stations?
  • The nearest train station will be Southampton Central. Please check in advance with South West Trains before travelling and for updates on any rail works etc. Walking from the station is 0.4miles from the race village area (approximately 10 minutes).
How many pacers are there? Where can I find them?
  • We will have a large number of pacers running, and we would like to thank them all for their support. They are there as a guide for you to help assist with your pacing.

    Pacers for the Half Marathon:
    1:30 / 1:35 / 1:40 / 1:45 / 1:50 / 1:55 / 2:00 / 2:10 / 2:20 / 2:30 and Motivators

    Pacers for the 10km:0:45 / 0:50 / 0:55 / 1:00 / 1:05 / 1:10

    Unfortunately we don’t have any official pacers for the Full Marathon, but we will have a brilliant Motivator to help you round the last stretches of the course.

    The Pacers will all be wearing special PACER t-shirts with their target time on their backs. CLICK HERE for the Pacers page
Are there any refreshments?
  • There will be no refreshments in the Race Village itself however there are many coffee shops, restaurants and hotels between the station, car parks and bus station to pick up snacks and refreshments before the race. The Race Village is based in the Southampton Guildhall and the surrounding areas are full of fantastic restaurants and cafes, so do make sure you take advantage of all that Southampton city centre has to offer!

    Check out our Medal Discounts page to see all the brilliant businesses are offering special discounts just for you lovely runners!
Where are the drinks stations?
  • There will be 4 water stations on route (with an extra water station for the marathon). These will be located as follows:

    Water Station 1 = Coopers Lane Southbound (Woolston side of Itchen Bridge)
    Water Station 2 = Coopers Lane Northbound  (Woolston side of Itchen Bridge)
    Water Station 3 = Bitterne Road West (Will be serving gels as well)
    Water Station 4 = Highfield lane
    Water Station 5 = Palmerston Park (for Marathon runners only, is at the start of the 2nd lap)

    There will be water served on the stations, with only one station serving gels – should you require extra, please bring any gels, nutrition or sports drinks with you.
Are there toilets and showers on route?
  • There are 100 toilets located around the Race Village area. The bulk of these will be by the Southampton City Art Gallery on Commercial Road near the start, with others in East Park (both in the North and South of the park). There will be further toilets around the course, in Riverside Park.

    There are no showering facilities available on the route.
What do I do if I haven’t received my pack?
  • If you have not received your pack a week before raceday please email events@reesleisure.co.uk with the title RACE PACK and your name and the address you expected the pack to be delivered to and we can arrange for a new pack to be available at the Info/Race Pack desk in the Race Village on the day.
I want to travel by public transport how do I do that?
Are there any entries on the day?
  • It is unlikely that there will still be spaces left on the day. Sign up quickly to avoid disappointment
What happens if I am late on the day, and miss the start?
  • The races will all start at the following times, sharp:

    Full Marathon – 09:00
    Half Marathon – 09:0010K – 10:00

    We advise you aim to be in the Start area a minimum of 90 minutes prior to the start. Also plan to have an extra 30 minutes to your normal journey time due to road closures.

    Once the last runner from the timing pens crosses the start line, that is it, as we have to get the roads re-opened quickly.
Where is the Chip in the Race Pack?
  • The chip is fixed to the rear of the Race number.
What is the QR code for on the front of the Race number?
  • The QR code is to help track all your photos via Sussex Sport Photography which will be available through our website after the race.
Is parking available near the start?
  • 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. Full details of where to park can be found on our PARKING MAP Here. Please note there may be Sunday charges so bring change with you.
Where should I go when I arrive?
  • When you arrive head towards the race village in Guildhall Square and get ready to run.
Do you have a bag drop area?
  • We will have a bag drop in the race village at Guildhall Square, where racers can leave their bag securely while they run.

Finishers FAQs

Do I get a medal?
  • Of course! And what a medal it is too! All Finishers across the Finish line will pick up a medal as they go through the Finish Gantry and into the Finish Distribution area in Southampton Guildhall Square. Don’t forget to post your Finishers pic to Twitter @ABPMarathon, or Instagram @ABPsouthamptonmarathon. There will also be medal discounts available from many local businesses – CLICK HERE for further information.
Where can I meet friends and relatives after the race?

You will be able to meet up with friends and relatives in the Guildhall Square and the surrounding streets once you have picked up your medal, water, t-shirt, goody bag and much much more. Alternatively arrange to meet the spectators at a location chosen in advance.

Can I park nearby?
  • There are some car parks close by including Westquay, the Marlands and some Council Car parks. For full details go see our Parking Map here.
Will there be an award ceremony?
  • Yes! There will be an awards ceremony which will happen on the stage by the Start/Finish gantry at 12:30 for all races. There will be presentations, pictures and prizes awarded by the Mayor and ABP.
Where do I get my results?
  • All the Results will be available via our live results page at: http://www.southamptonmarathon.co.uk/media/1713/abp_map-aw-1.pdf
Will there be pictures of me running?
  • Yes, there will be! Each Race number has a barcode so you should be able to easily spot yourself amongst the 10,000 runners. Photos will be available on our website: www.southamptonmarathon.co.uk
Can I get a massage?
  • Yes! Our NEW official physiotherapy partner, Jonathan Clark Physiotherapy and Solent University students will be offering free sports massages before or after your run to help with any aches or pains next to the finish line in the Sir James Matthews Building. To make sure to get a slot sign up here!

Spectators FAQs

Where is the best place to watch the race?
  • Either along the streets to cheer the runners on, or you can watch the whole thing from our GIANT TV in the Guildhall Square. This will have live coverage of the Race including at the Finish
Will there be refreshments?

There will be no refreshments in the Race Village itself however there are many coffee shops, restaurants and hotels between the station, car parks and bus station to pick up snacks and refreshments before the race. The Race Village is based in the Southampton Guildhall and the surrounding areas are full of fantastic restaurants and cafes, so do make sure you take advantage of all that Southampton city centre has to offer!

Will there be entertainment on site?
  • Yes, our 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 including Ukulele Jam in Bitterne Triangle; Panatical in the Common; Liberty Pride Cheerleaders on the West side of the Itchen Bridge and much much more!!
Is the route suitable for wheelchair spectators?
  • The majority of the route is suitable for wheelchair users to get around using footpaths. For any specific questions, please email events@reesleisure.co.uk so we can help

Charities FAQs

How do we become a Mile Maker?
  • You need to register your interest either as an individual or group here. MILE MAKERS
Can I purchase more than 10 places?

Yes, if your charity is interested in purchasing more than 10 spaces, please contact us about our Charity Packages – events@reesleisure.co.uk

Can I purchase less than 10 places?
  • Yes a charity can purchase less than 10 places, at full ticket price. Please contact us for further information in how we can help support you – events@reesleisure.co.uk