Local businesses sign up to the ABP Southampton Half Marathon and 10K Corporate Challenge 201612th January 2016
Following on from the success of the inaugural ABP Southampton Half Marathon and 10K last year, it has been announced that the race is to return to the heart of the city this April (Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 April 2016).
The incredible popularity of the 2015 event has inspired race organisers to extend the ABP Southampton Half Marathon and 10K over the whole weekend.
Brand new course routes have been developed to give runners the ultimate views of Southampton’s iconic landmarks. Racers will pass by the Bargate, QE2 Anchor and St Mary’s Stadium, crossing the start and finish lines in the centre of the city in Guildhall Square.
Many key local firms have already pledged their support for the event. The Mayflower Theatre, IKEA Southampton, the University of Southampton, Ordnance Survey, Southampton City Council, Aviva Southampton, Bond Dickinson LLP,the University of Winchester, First Southampton, the National Oceanography Centre and Southampton Solent University have all signed up for the ABP Corporate Challenge.
Representing an integral part of the Southampton community,ABP Southampton is heavily involved as the headline supporter of the event. It is working with race organiser Marafun UK to fund, organise and promote the run andis building up an army of ABP Milemakers to line the route and cheer on participants. In addition, the company is donating £200 to every charity or community group that acts as an ABP Milemaker.
The previous event raised a staggering £100,000 for a wide variety of deserving causes. It is hoped that this year that figure will be doubled to raise thousands for local charities, including the Admiral of the Port, the Right Honorable Mayor’s chosen charities of Rose Road, the Southampton Air Cadets and Saints foundation.
Director of ABP Southampton, Nick Ridehalgh said: “We are delighted to once again be involved in such a great event for city, the local community and the running world. We would encourage all local businesses to get involved with in one way or another as the event provides a great way to get to know the community and establish a positive presence in the city. Friendly rivalry was certainly enjoyed last year and added to the fun.”
Runners cross the finish line in Guildhall Square of the ABP Southampton Half Marathon and 10K 2015