Event FAQs


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Event FAQs

Where should I go when I arrive?
  • The race village is in Southampton Guildhall Square and surrounding parks. The start line is on Above Bar St where you can get ready to race!
What time does my race start?

Full Marathon – 09:00
Half Marathon – 09:00
10km – 10:00
Fun Run – 15:30

What time do I need to get there?
  • We recommend you aim to be on site at least 90 minutes before your official start time.
    There will be queues for parking and toilets, so it is best to be prepared!
    We also have interactive areas in our race village, an exciting day lies ahead!
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 – 09:00
    10K – 10:00

    We advise you aim to be in the Start area a minimum of 90minutes prior to the start. Also plan to have an extra 30 minutes to yournormal 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 nearest train station?
  • The nearest train station is 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).
I want to travel by public transport, how do I do that?
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.
Can I wear earphones or use an iPod etc?
  • 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 and you may be disqualified.

    It is VITAL To note that while this isa closed roads race, we strongly recommend that you have 1 earbud out at all times so that you can hear the marshal directions, as well as awareness of other runners around you.
If I am ill, injured, or unable to run, what can I do?
  •  If you volunteer to marshal at the event instead we will postpone your entry to next year! If you are interested in volunteering please get in touch with volunteer@reesleisure.co.uk

    Otherwise, contact us as soon as possible on events@reesleisure.co.uk and we will help in whichever way we can.
What do I do if I have a medical issue?
  • Please ensure that you have updated all your medical information on your registration form.

    Please contact us on events@reesleisure.co.uk if this is something we need to be aware of before race day.

    On event day our medical team will be on site to deal with any issues!
Where can I put my bag/and or clothing that I don’t want during the race?
  • We will have a bag drop available in the O2 Southampton Guildhall – you will need your race number to get into this building.
How many pacers are there and where can I find them?
  • We will have pacers for the Half Marathon and 10K only, they will be wearing a bright coloured t-shirt with the time on so you won't miss them!
Is there a cut of time for the Full Marathon?
  • Yes, we need you to complete lap one by 12 noon 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.
Where are the water stations on the route?
  • There will be 5 Water Stations on route (with an extra water station for the marathon). All stations will have water pouches, the lid will be taken off by our marshals. Runners will need to gently squeeze the pouches to let the water out.

    These will be located as follows:

    WS1 - Coopers Lane, Woolston, SO19 9BX
    WS2 - Coopers Lane, Woolston, SO19 9BX
    WS3 - Adjacent to BP Petrol Station, Bitterne Road West, Bitterne, SO18 1AR
    WS4 - Woodmill Lane Car Park, SO18 2JR  Hi -5 Gels will be provided at this station aswell
    WS5 - Outside Building 32, University of Southampton, University Road, SO17 1BJ
    WS6 - Run Company, 28-29 Hanover Buildings, SO14 1JU, (Full marathon runners only) Lucozade and SIS gels will be provided at this station

    There will be water served on the stations, - should you require extra, please bring any gels, nutrition or sports drinks with you.

Are there toilets/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.

Registration FAQs

How do I enter the event?
  • You can sign up to the event here
What is the last date for entries?

Entries for 2022 close on Sunday 3rd April at 23:00!

When is the last date for a refund of my entry?
  • The last date to be refunded for your entry is the 7th of March 2022.

    Please email us on events@reesleisure.co.uk if you have any queries or concerns.
What is the last date for deferrals or distance changes?
  • The last date for any deferrals/changes will be 7th March 2022 Any deferrals requested after the deadline will incur a £10 admin fee.

    No distance transfers from the 19th of April at Midday
Can I change down a distance?
  • Can I change down distance?
    You can! This change of distance will need to be requested by 7th March 2022, after this date you will be charged a £10 admin fee to change distance.

    No distance transfers from the 19th of April at Midday
Can I change up a distance?
  • You can!

    This change of distance will need to be requested by 7th March 2022, and you will be transferred at the current price of each category (this means there will be a price difference to pay) Any distance changes after this date will incur an additional £10 admin fee aswell as the difference in distance price.

    No distance transfers from the 19th of April at Midday
What if I need to change my address?
  • Please log back into your registration using your email address and password you supplied and amend your details.

    Please update your address by the 7th of March 2022

    If you have any issues with this please email events@reesleisure.co.uk and our team can help you!
What happens if I have lost my password or can’t log in to ActiveNetwork?
Can I swap my place with a friend?
  • Please email events@reesleisure.co.uk and we will help sort this out for you! The last date for name transfers is 7th of March 2022
When will my race pack arrive?
  • If you signed up BEFORE the 14th of March, your race pack will arrive from the 8th of April 2022.
    If you signed up AFTER the 14th of March, your race pack will arrive from the 11th of April 2022

    If you signed up AFTER the 24th of March, you will need to pick up your race pack on race day at the registration desk in Watts Park (registration open from 07:00)

    If you have any questions or concerns please email events@reesleisure.co.uk and one of the team can help you! 
What do I do if I haven’t received my race pack?
  • If you have not received your pack a week before race-day 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 the new pack to be available at the Info/Race Pack desk in the Race Village on the day.

    You will NOT receive your race pack in the post if you signed up after the 24th of March 2022

    Our registration desk will be in Watts Park and is open for Race Pack collection
    Saturday 23rd April 14:00 - 16:00
    Sunday 24th April (Race Day) from 07:00
How do I enter a corporate team?
  • We have Team Packages available if you would like to enter a corporate team.
    Please get in touch with our team on events@reesleisure.co.uk to find out more.
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.
Where is the chip in the race pack?
  • The chip is fixed to the rear of the race number.
What is the QR code on the front of the race number for?
  • The QR code is to help track all your photos via Sussex Sport Photography which will be available through our website after the race for FREE!

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.
Where do I get my free t-shirt from?

All Finishers across the Finish line will pick up a t-shirt as they go through the Finish Gantry and into the Finish Distribution area in Southampton Guildhall Square.

Will there be an awards 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 - this will be live on the website closer to the event.
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 for FREE on our website: www.southamptonmarathon.co.uk

Spectators FAQs

Where is the best place to watch the race from?
  • Either along the streets to cheer the runners on, or you can watch the runners coming back in through the finish line in Southampton Guildhall Square.
Are there refreshments?

There will be no refreshments in Race Village itself however there are many coffee shops, hotels and restaurants 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 full advantage of all that Southampton City 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.
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 I run for charity?

If you would like to run for one of our Charity partners please get in touch with them through the links on the charity page on the website.

How about running for our Lead National Charity Macmillan or our Lead Local Charity Southampton Hospitals Charity please see charity pages for more information!

want to run for charity but the charity I am running for isn’t listed on the website?

want to run for charity but the charity I am running for isn’t listed on the website?That is no worries! You will need to enter through the general entry and then create your own fundraising page. If you get in touch with the charity they will be able to provide you with some more information on fundraising.

How does a charity get involved in the event?

Volunteering FAQs

How do I become a volunteer?

We have many volunteer roles available for groups and individuals around the route and in race village! Please get in touch with volunteer@reesleisure.co.uk for more information

I am part of a community group/sports team and would like to volunteer what do I do?

Great news! Please get in touch on volunteer@reesleisure.co.uk and our team can help you. We can offer a donation of £250 from ABP for groups of 20+