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📰 The date of next year’s ABP Southampton Marathon has been changed

    • ABP Southampton Marathon start line

    ABP Southampton Marathon start line - Photo Credit: ABP Southampton Marathon

Organisers have worked closely with Southampton City Council to secure a new date of Sunday May 5,  after it was announced that part of the M27 would be closed on the originally-planned date of April 28.

Race director Chris Rees says the decision shows those behind the event, as well as the council, are committed to making the marathon a big success and minimising its impact on the surrounding areas.
He said: “For many runners and their families, the ABP Southampton Marathon is an exciting highlight in their calendar every year. We’ve built a fantastic reputation over the last four years and in 2018 we attracted 10,000 runners and 30,000 spectators. 
“To run 2019’s event at a time when access to the city is difficult wouldn’t be fair to the tens of thousands of people involved, nor local residents. That’s why we’ve taken early action and changed the date so the event can continue to be enjoyed by so many and grow.”
Cllr Satvir Kaur, Cabinet Member for Homes and Culture, said: “We’re immensely proud that the ABP Southampton Marathon brings thousands of runners and visitors from all over the UK to our great city. Not only does this amazing event get people active, create city pride and put Southampton on the map, but contributes over £1million to the local economy every year. Events of this scale take a lot of planning, and I am pleased organisers have thought ahead – and early – to ensure the city can continue to maximise everything ABP Southampton Marathon has to offer.”
Cllr Jacqui Rayment, Cabinet Member for Transport & Public Realm, added: “Anyone who drives knows getting stuck in traffic is frustrating. The way in which we’ve worked with the ABP Southampton Marathon to change the date will reassure motorists and residents that we’re always looking ahead and working hard to minimise disruption.”

The change of date is good news for runners too. It marks the first time the ABP Southampton Marathon hasn’t fallen on the same date as the London Marathon, meaning those who have the energy can do both. 
It will also fall on a Bank Holiday weekend, meaning weary runners will have the following day off work to recover and visitors attending from further afield can stay in Southampton for an extra day.
The new date also means the ABP Southampton Marathon does not clash with any Southampton FC fixtures, so Saints fans who run won’t be torn between supporting their team or taking part in the run. 
Chris Rees concluded: “We’re all very excited about next year’s event. It’ll mark our fifth consecutive year and we’re working hard to make it our biggest and best yet.”
The ABP Southampton Marathon will feature a selection of distances again in 2019.
There will be 10k, half marathon and full marathon options, as well as a one-mile fun run for children and families. 
To find out more and sign up visit www.abpsouthamptonhalf.co.uk 

Anyone who has already signed up to take part and cannot make the revised date will get a full refund. Visit the official website to contact the marathon team.
Highways England is currently replacing the A3057 Romsey Road Bridge over the M27. A section of the M27 is due to be closed between April 26 to Monday 29 next year to allow more work to take place on the bridge.