As thousands of participants prepare to take to the streets of Southampton for the ABP Marathon here is our ‘all you need to know’ guide for runners, spectators and local residents.
Over 10,000 runners are expected to take on one of three different distances, amongst them will be Gus McKechnie and Carlo van Leeuwen.
Gus, who suffers from a form of cerebral palsy wants to prove you can do anything you set your mind to – by completing the full 26.2 miles using hiking sticks.
Carlo has completed every single ABP Southampton Marathon to date dressed as Cookie Monster from children’s television show Sesame Street. This year he is ditching the costume as he tries to complete the half-marathon in the fastest time while pushing someone in a wheelchair.
Since its start the ABP Southampton Marathon has raised over £600,000 for various charities, this year they are hoping to reach the one million pound mark.
The event will start and finish in the Southampton Guildhall Square. The Full & Half Marathons will start at 9am with the 10k starting at 10am.
The route is built around local landmarks, including Bargate and the QE2 Anchor. Runners will pass through St Mary’s Football Stadium, over the Itchen Bridge and across Southampton Common before heading back to the City centre finish at the Guildhall.
Marathon organisers and Southampton City council have confirmed that roads will be closed from as early as 07:00am on Sunday 22nd April with diversions in place.
The most notable closures include roads close to the Guildhall and two of the city's three bridges. Both the Itchen and Cobden Bridges will be closed, while the Northam Bridge will remain open for access into the city centre.
If you are arriving in Southampton by car there are plenty of parking options. If you are running, a £2.50 pay and display ticket purchased before midday at the West Park Road Multi-storey Car Park on the will be treated as valid all day. So, if you’re covering one of the longer distances, there will be no need to worry about your parking expiring before you finish.
A full map of available parking can be found here:
Know somebody running or want to be part of the electric atmosphere? The Race Village, located at Southampton Guildhall, will be buzzing with excitement with 30,000 spectators expected to attend as runners warm up and countdown to the start of the race.
Once thousands of feet are pounding the streets of Southampton there will be plenty of entertainment to be enjoyed - live footage on a big screen, interviews with participants, food and drink as well as an Awards presentation to the Winners at 12:30.