A superb day! Start to finish I really enjoyed the course. The run around riverside park and running through the Saints football stadium was pretty awesome. The itchen bridge was a bit gruelling with a an incline starting after the stadium for a while and the run to the finish line was tough but a challenge! The mile markers were not that obvious for the half marathon? But it didn't matter too much as the atmosphere was great!
Amazing day - 1st Half Marathon and the crowds were great & good organisation - bring on 2018, who knows it maybe my 1st Full Marathon?????
Another excellent event. Brilliant mile markers and entertainment all the way round. Preferred the old route much more as the bridge at the end was too much, but I suppose the same could be said of 2times by Ernest Road otherwise. Water stations well manned but very short on gels, also the bottle caps everywhere were dangerous, although the bottles are much preffered than cups. Love the new teams shirts a and medals, but the fun run ones had run out of adult ones and we had one of the last small child's ones, and there was loads of people still behind us. I've attended a few races now but none have the atmosphere of this one, up to the finish line was incredible noise, I don't think I'll ever forget that! Looking forward to next year, but I think it will be back to the half for me. Cheers.
A fantastic day with loads of encouragement all the way round, thanks to everyone involved!
A very enjoyable event and a marathon PB by over 15 minutes ! Thank-you. The only improvement I would suggest is signage and better marshal instructions asking half marathon runners to keep left when they are being overtaken by marathon runners. It wasn't a huge issue and in no way affected my enjoyment or time. Everyone was very supportive and encouraging of each other. A great event that I would have no hesitation in recommending to others.
Great atmosphere, but the organisation - three races sharing the same course at one time - needs addressing to avoid some of the chaos experienced this year.
Amazing day loved every bit of it
Good race, and the beat the bridge with the additional timings is great fun. Well attended and supported. The 10k start was a complete mess, though, no-one explaining where the start was going to be, the chip start, and everyone boxed in by barriers far too narrow, causing significant traffic jam. Because of the poor organisation / lack of space at the start, this meant there was a very poor structure to the initial starting place ability wise, so the early sections of the race were a bit of a mess with incorrect pace groups causing a lot of chaos. Only final point - every runner I've spoken to all said their gps had the route at well over 10k, including mine and my wife's, so I hope the course was accurately measured, as it didn't feel like it. Certainly the km markers on course were all over the place, and not close to accurate. We enjoyed it though despite the gripes, and will be back next year. Josh
Suggestions for improvement : 1. Have a few volunteers / martials close to the main areas and start finish lines where runners collect, so that we could ask questions about where to go / the location of things. Just providing a map and expecting everything to run smoothly is bad organisation. 2. After the warmup for the half marathon, there should be an ordely led procession to the start, instead, it was a mess were runners and spectators were all mixed up. For a "prestigious" event, this wasn't good enough, and could have been safety implications.
A nice race. Did this one last year as well, and prefer the direction of last year's course to this year's. The Itchen Bridge at the end is a bit of a killer, even compared to the hills you get when the course is running in the other direction. The St Mary's Stadium section is a bit of a let down, though. Nothing going on in there, no music or spectators, which would have livened things up a little, otherwise it just seems a bit flat. Race is well supported locally, which is nice. This year the finish area seemed a bit muddled, perhaps because there were more runners in three races. Nice to see the medals were different, depending on what distance you ran (I don't like the ones where, say, there's 5K & 10K on the same medal). The non-alcoholic beer at the end is a nice touch, too.
Brilliant atmosphere and support all the way round! Really well run event which I look forward to doing again!
Fantastic day - well organised, well attended. Really enjoyable and I now want to do more - thank you Southampton Marathon/Half/10K!!
Brilliant race, well organised and a great atmosphere. Recommended.
I think I would possibly suggest more water stations though and a few more toilets. Otherwise it was yet another great experience. As this was my third time. I have already signed up for the half again next year
It was a very enjoyable race but once again the finish area was too crowded. Why weren't the race stewards asking everyone to keep moving and to get out of the way of runners still coming in? There should be people with loudhailers keeping the finishers moving out of the way. Once again, the "cafe area" was too close to the finish. Also, people were forming long queues at some portable toilets when less than 200 metres away, round a corner, there was a whole row of empty toilets - more use of loudhailers and announcements needed.
Great atmosphere. Fun and challenging route. 9/10 Would run again.
Great Atmosphere, Brilliant,Brilliant support along the way, clearing the many many bottles, cheering us on, keeping us safe.. directing us.. Good there was enough water for everyone.. clear directions beforehand with road closures,parking etc.. NO complaints at all from me or my family..THANK YOU
Difficult to be critical of such a great day, the only issue I had, was no water station between Riverside Park and coming off the Itchen Bridge, don't believe I missed one. As I say , a great day, well done all.
Completed my first half marathon and it was an unbelievable experience, 100% will be taking part in one again.
Well organised. Plenty of toilets. Well marshalled. Great atmosphere all the way round. Great t-shirt & medal. Enjoyed the cold pint at the end
Very good organization, nice marathon. In the last water station (35K or 38K? in Km), try to give some bananas or oranges for avoiding cramps - my suggestion. The rest all fine, very good...
A fantastic course with a great atmosphere.
All good except the start of the 10k race. The path immediately after the start point was far too narrow and congested, in fact narrower than the path before the start which is entirely the reverse of what it should be. For more than 100m it was not possible to run. It would have been so easy to have made the path from the start twice as wide as the path to the start, which would have relieved all congestion.
Thoroughly enjoyable, and much better organised than last year. Great support all the way around, and the decision to switch directions was the right one. Now my PB too!
Fantastic atmosphere. Very well organised. Amazing support from the community. It was definitely a great event that I'd fully recommend to anyone else!
An extremely well organised race. Well supported by the local community. The course was much more attractive and interesting than I expected. The four crossings of the Itchen Bridge--especially the two towards the end--provided nice drama by concentrating the pack of runners.
Very much enjoyed the day and the race. I had traveled from Sussex for the weekend and it was my first time in Southampton. The route was great and a real tour of the city. The start and finish area was real easy to get to and the bike storage was great. All the supporters were fantastic, so many of them! A great experience and I will definitely be coming back next year :)
For 10k threre should me more water drops
Well organised. Great medal & t shirt. Nut free snacks would be good - bring back crisps please! 10k start was too narrow & pacers weren't in the right place. 1 water station past 7k mark was not enough & too late
Enjoyed it, it was hard but worth it. Couple of points: There was some confusion at the points where the different courses combined as to which way to go, the marshals did a good job but there were some confused runners still. You need more medical people in the race village, my friend was suffering from signs of dehydration and blurred vision and it took us about 20 mins to find a paramedic for her (she's fine now). Other than that lovely day, wonderful people, great event, I look forward to it next year.
Really enjoyed the race - everyone cheering us on was really supportive - was great to receive tshirt, medal, banana and water at the end of the race. was very happy that we could type in our race number in order to easily bring up our photos shortly after the race. would do it again!
Well organised, fantastic day , full of spirit from all involved, Southampton came out in force to line the roads, great route with some challenges, but some excellent scenery. first 10K 2015 with abp Southampton , first half 2017 who knows maybe first full marathon next? See you in 2018 abp Southampton. Steph h
really good experience. was my second half marathon. loved the route, and the bridge was a challenge but rewarding- great atmosphere and support from volunteers too. would recommend to anyone!
Awesome event, can't wait for next year! More water stations required on the 10k
The experience was, overall , a good one b, but I had a few grumbles ! I warmed up in the official warm up area and nearly missed the start ! We were walking to the start as directed when the race started ! We had to hop over barriers to pass the chip mat . Allowing headphones seems to have been an error as the lead cyclists were becoming very frustrated as people couldn't hear their directions . I was surprised they were permitted . The marathon runners were sent the wrong way but you are probably aware of that ! However , all in all I would do it again and the tshirt was fab ! ????
3rd year running the Southampton half and it gets better each year. Well done to all.
Well organised race. Would have liked some more water stations as there were not enough
Not a bad effort for a small scale event. Water stations were well spaced, and the enthusiastic support by the numerous youth groups along the way was great. Seeing guildhall square transformed into a race village was nice, baggage storage efficient. Special mention to the Itchen sea scouts - great effort! Negatives - mile markers appeared to be a bit randomly spaced, because the stadium was empty, this section felt a bit soulless. Whilst the comparison with Amsterdam isn't fair - there starting in and running through the Olympic stadion filled with cheering spectators, is one of the high points of the race. Also for the marathon course, it would be nice to use the Weston shore line up to Royal Victoria Country park, instead of having 2 loops of the half marathon.
Enjoyed the race and the atmosphere again this year. Putting the bridge at 4 miles was harder this year than at 3 last year on the 10k. Well organised event.
This is the first time I have entered the Southampton marathon. I completed the 10k. The whole event from start to finish was fantastic. Everything was so well organised throughout. I will definitely be running there in 2018. The only negative I have was, is the fact that at the finish line there was a beer tent, admittedly non alcoholic, but I thought this a bit strange and had not encountered one before at a marathon, not on the finish line though! That said, I was handed a pint of which I took and drank about a third of it. I guess my heart rate was racing at full bore still having just finished running, this combined with the fizzy, chemically ridden drink made my vision go funny, making my eyes very sensitive to the day light. Most peculiar sensation for me! I put it it down to the drink, ditched it and drank plenty of water, which made my vision go back to normal. My recommendation is to replace the non alcoholic beer tent with fresh fruit juice or similar venue for the future please. Otherwise a truly great event thank you.
I was disappointed by the race chip collection. Since signing up my home address changed and I was not given any notice of a deadline to notify you of a change of address. This meant I had to pay £10 to get a new chip made. When I went to collect this chip the two tents were clearly stressed. Half the chips were in one tent and the other half in the other tent. There were no signs telling runner which tent to queue up at. This resulted in me waiting 20 mins in one queue only to be told to join the back of the other queue. It was unnecessary stress before the race. I was grateful of the pacers at 1:30 which allowed me to get a massive PB. Next year i'd like 1:25 pacers so I can do the same again.
Really enjoyed the race, half marathon but it was tough! Next time more hill training for me. Well organised, supported and a lot of fun. Would recommend.
Brilliant . Very well organised , small queues for baggage drop which was run very well . First race I've ever had to queue less than 5mins for the loo . The atmosphere & support all around the course was amazing . Lovely friendly encouraging marshals . Great course . Can't fault anything about it . Thank you for an amazing day .
Excellent organisation on the whole. I did the 10K and the start was a bit cramped and there was no water until 8kms on a warm day(should have been at 5kms). Good marshalling and support.
I really enjoyed the run, and thought the route this year was alot nicer, alhough, having itchen bridge towards the end wa hard going. I was a bit disappointed with the amount of water points, not enough
Really great day, well organised and most things were clearly signed. The bag drop was fantastic.
An excellent event , which I really enjoyed and fantastic to see so many people taking part. However you need a wider starting road and a wider 1st 1km , to allow for passing people who have started too far forward and aren't running at the correct pace for that starting position. I was completely boxed in for the 1st km by slower runners who shouldn't have formed up ahead of me. You need to get your pacers to hold on to their time flags for longer, I saw guys ditching them and then walking up through the crowd which is probably why 100s of people formed up far to far forward for their pace. The other issue was that the last 3-4km of my half marathon was blighted by the 10k course merging in and lots of slow 10km runners causing the fast half marathon finishers a lot of problems with the latter stage of their race. ( Really hard to pass them across Itchen bridge and from there to the finish). Also you have spent 17km flying with fast runners to then be swamped by hemmed in by slow runners which slow you right down and aren't in the same race. Could the 10km start earlier to help avoid this ? The net result of the slow hemmed in start with hundreds of slow people ahead of me that I couldn't pass for 1km and the slow 10km finishers cost me time and meant that I just but only just failed to achieve my lifetime goal of under 1hr30mfinishing by just 16secs. I had a fantastic time but felt it essential to give you this feedback. thanks
I really enjoyed the half marathon, I had been looking forward to it for sometime. My Daughter is at Uni in Southampton and we've visited a number of times (shopping centre etc!), so it was good to visit some new areas of the town. I did like running through the parks and along by the 'Itchen'. However, I hadn't realised just how hilly Southampton is, perhaps some mention could be made of this on the website for future entrants! ( I would have included some quality hill work in my training). I thought the run was well organised with enthusiastic marshalls and I felt I had earned the great 'T' shirt and medal.
There were no hydration stations on route until after the bridge which was only 1 - 2k from the end (of the 10k), and it was a sunny day. I was getting quite dizzy on the bridge. There were no km markers visible other than the 4k sign. And general signs were lacking; I heard some people got lost and never finished. It seemed weird to give very dehydrated people beer on the finish line but it was very good beer! I did enjoy the day though. Will be doing it again next year.
I thouroughly enjoyed their Southampton Marathon from start to finish. It was well organised with all necessary facilities easily accessible. The route was excellent - not too flat, not too hilly and with lots of variety along the way. The levels of support around the route was great and really helped to keep me going. I will definitely recommend this one to members of my running club and plan to do it again next year.
The Southampton 10K was a great event, I think it was a shame that the 20K did not go through the football stadium though. Having the Itchen bridge at the end was made even more challenging due to the sheer volume of people on it from all 3 distances, maybe next year it should be at the beginning again or the timings of race starts changed so that all 3 races don't converge on the bridge. Medal was fantastic, but no 10K t-shirts left by the time I finished as boxes mixed up. Nice touch was an ice-cold (non alcoholic) beer at the end.
Disliked Itchen bridge at 11miles but otherwise great race
Excellent race. Loved the closed roads, the wonderful finishers' shirt and nice medal. Pre-race information could not be faulted. I ran the half (towards the front of the field) and the experience on Itchen Bridge was really bad. There were so many slower marathoners and 10k'ers to overtake on the bridge that it was hazardous and difficult to safely negotiate this section. I would happily enter the event again if this Itchen Bridge congestion problem was fixed - if not then it would prevent me entering again.
The 10k was a much better route than in 2016, much more varied, more in the city centre, and this made for a really good atmosphere. Well organised, many thanks.
I enjoyed participating in the race and it was well organised. The crowd was very supportive and created a good atmosphere along the whole course although it was noticeable that there were less organised musical groups than last year which was a shame. Having the marathon runners overtake the half marathon on their second lap must have been annoying for the marathon and was demoralising for the half runners. Also the changes in the course lead to a final 2 miles that was largely uphill (including the itched bridge crossing) and this made the end of the race quite gruelling.
Very well organised with plenty of support for the runners. Could do with more toilets on the course and bananas at the nutrition points. There was plenty of water stations! Much better than last year. Maybe make the marathon course a single lap rather than a double please? (and a bit shorter? ;-) ) Thanks for a great day
Absolutely loved the race, the atmosphere was fantastic! The pacers were brilliant, I've never seen this before and with their orange tops and times printed on them they really stood out to give you a target. I hadn't run a race for a couple of years and I'll definately be doing it next year, half marathon next time! The Itchen bridge is hard going but with the amazing crowds inspiring you and the views I managed to jog most of it. Highly recommended event thank you! 5 Stars all the way!
It was a hot day so could have used a water station before 8km, perhaps before the bridge?? Also some parts of the route were quite narrow, making it difficult to pass people or let people pass me! Didn't like the start...again too narrow and would be better to have more areas for different times....space of one lamp post to cover all times between 1hr and 1:15 was not ideal....better last year.
I've done all 3 soton halves and this was the best so far BUT a great day was slightly spoilt by lack of marshalling from where 10k joined the route before itchen bridge... too many slow moving people impeding half marathon runners chasing sub 1.30 pbs. Has left me feeling quite annoyed as I lost over a minute dodging runners from that point all the way to the finish.
Excellent race! Loved the atmosphere and very well organised. Having done other races with a finish at a stadium, I think it would make the race even better if it had a finish at St Mary's.
Enjoyed the half marathon route. Shame there was only one gel station, particularly if running the full marathon. Overall it was well organised.
Loved it going to o the half marathon next year bring it on
Overall very well organised, lots of support and help, a few small areas for improvement - but a very good Marathon
I thought the organisation was fantastic, everything seemed to flow seamlessly. The route was beautiful apart maybe from Itchen Bridge, that was a bit cruel at the end! I would really like to do this run again and if I dont get a place in London next year, I'll definitely be back! (half marathon distance, not sure I could cope with two laps even with proper training!)
This is my 3rd Southampton half marathon, I love the course even though I hate it when I am running up the hills. I am a saints fan so running through the stadium makes it extra special for me. The support from the organisers and locals differently gives you an extra boost. struggling to find something negative. Looking forward to my 4th half marathon next year :)
Great fun, great support from all. Will run next year, see you then!
Think I prefer it clockwise like this year rather than anti clockwise. Well organised. Third time i have done the half but to do two laps for the full would bore the pants off of me if honest
Amazing atmosphere as always, great music and liked the new route. Thank you!
I Ran the half marathon and the only issue I have is on itchen bridge. The faster Runners of the half marathon got caught up with allot of the slower Runners of the 10k. You had to keep weaving in and out of them this made you slow down and lose some time on the bridge.
I thought the start was better organised this year, great atmosphere. I was disappointed to have navigate around people doing the 10k, walking over the Itchen Bridge three abreast. I was trying to go sub 1.40 and missed it by 10 seconds, so having to slow and weave around the walkers had an impact ! Other than that great course, great event.
I am not a very experienced runner (a 1yo one) and took part to as few as 8 races at most. ABP Southampton Half Marathon has been absolutely the best and my favourite up to now. Everything was very well organised and thought to deliver the best to runners, spectators, volunteers and to the city itself - which is an underestimated gem! Thanks to Southampton, I have started running when joining the Sweathshop Running Community (SRC) located in the city centre, and running in "my" city for the half marathon, among friends and loads of amazing people was such a positive experience! I also managed to get a new personal best, after my half marathon in the New Forest in September 2016!! I loved every moment of the ABP Southampton events! The finisher medal and tee were just awesome too. Ps: great cooperation from all the restaurants in Southampton which gave (well-deserved haha) discounts to the finishers of all events! WOW!! Looking forward to next year ones... maybe my first ever full marathon?! Who knows :) MASSIVE THANKS, Antonio.
Registration process was easy and had lots of communication and information before the race. Race pack arrived on time and necessary details. The day was well organised with lots of volunteers and Southampton being very supportive. Only criticism would be Itchen Bridge! TWICE! :-)
Really enjoyed this run, I did The 10km circuit. Very well organised, lots of space at the start and interesting route with excellent course marshals who were really supportive. Challenging over the Itchen bridge, like the "beat the bridge" aspect and lots of local support. Clear finish channel really motivated with crowd close and giving vocal support. Good exit area and again friendly supportive helpers. Finally who can't give a run 5stars if you get "FREE BEER" at the end ! Good tonic !! Thanks
Postive and well run event. Would have benefiited from more speakers in the start area - especially towards the back
Absolutely incredible atmosphere around the entire course! Crowds were amazing supporting every step of the way! Hard work but can honestly say I loved it. Really well organised event. My first half marathon and I would definitely do it again.
Excellent event. Really exciting race village, lots of things to look at and see, felt like there was lots to see and made me want to walk around and see it all. Lots of parking nearby. Tonnes of portaloos which was awesome and really raises the bar on other events. Loads of places to choose from to grab a coffee before the run. Exciting to cheer the marathon off before my half. The half route was absolutely awesome. It takes in such a variety of of features -from residential to parkland to more industrial, it really felt like you took in so much of the city. The pacers being set back from the start line so you had a chance to find your pacer and join them -the flags at the side were a great idea. As often when the pacers start on the line you never get to them. The first km wasn't too congested considering the numbers and my pacer did well weaving through those who had started perhaps too far forward for their pace. But again the roads could take the numbers so we could weave not a prob. The support along the way was incredible probably better even then the inaugural abp half which I thought was unbeatable. My favourite area to run through for support was probably bitterne triangle on the way out towards Northam. The band and the numbers and the noise gave me goosebumps to run through -only matched by the finish line at the Brighton marathon for me. I loved the elevation profile of the route, it made things very interesting and you had to be quite tactical with your pace, I loved the downhill from the uni to the park, and it was fun in training nailing that bit of the course -I long run most Sundays in Southampton so it was cool to learn some new roads to run down. The marshalls were superb and there seemed to be loads of them, spaced quite closely which really made you feel like you were at a major event. The signage was good along the way -in terms of mile marks. The only place I think we could improve here is a more prominent 800m to go 700m to go etc all the way to the line. The only other suggestions I have to improve on what was a fantastic event -the stadium had absolutely no atmosphere which made it slightly anti climatic now I've done it on each of the abp events -is there no way the sound system in there could be banging on some tunes -or a band inside etc The distance between the water station in the park and the next one after the bridge on such a hot day I felt was too far. And the only other possible improvement is trying to iron out the timings as with 2km to go we slammed into the back of slower runners running one of the other events and weaving when tires so close to achieving your time was hard work! My sorintvfinish almost came to a complete stop coming into the last corner. These are just suggestions and do not detract from an amazing event. -loved the shirt, -loved the medal -loved the beer at the finish line! I didn't see anywhere to stand in front of to get a finishers photo -like a billboard with a picture of the Itchen bridge on with a photographer snapping you with your medal...there may have been something but didn't see it! Also last thing, I always buy my photos from this event as you get so many photos for such a good price!
Very well organised, loads of toilets & great support all along the route! Highly recommend!
Being able to switch from the half to 10k with only a few weeks to go was much appreciated - thank you. However, the queue to collect details on the day was very long, with some half marathon competitors still waiting when their race had started. Also, no water until after the Itchen Bridge at almost 8k was not ideal, particularly in the sunny conditions! The finish was also confusing, with some 10k runners not sure which direction to go! However, the atmosphere was electric and some of your marshals were fantastic - particularly the enthusiastic lady in Queen's Park. Keen to be involved again next year.
An excellent day well organised
Great event. Well organised with plenty of helpful and friendly staff. My race pack didn't arrive in the post, these things happen, but it was really easy picking it up on the day. Thanks to everyone involved, and a special thanks to all the stewards out on the course guiding and cheering everyone on. Without you all there would not be an event
Really fantastic buzz around Southampton and great support all along the course. The Bridge was hard to beat
Great race! Pros: Interesting Route Good Support Cons: Start is a bit jammed. Potentially some sort of rolling start will be helpful.
This was my first ever race, I thought it was very well organised. My whole family enjoyed the day,
What can I say? I loved it! Marshals fantastic as usual. Loved the fact the route was back to front this year so nice to get the hills done first. Best bit of the whole day? That beautifully cold non alcoholic beer!! Ant wait for next year. I think.
A lot of fun & great event! Definitely will join for next year race and hopefully in the 10km
This is the first year I have run Southampton but have completed the same distance at many other venues. The event was well organised, well marshalled and it is always great to get away on time (less time for nerves!). I am not sure if I missed a water station but having had water at mile 7, I ran out of water at about mile 11 and was dehydrated particularly given the warm weather. I was also surprised that no isotonic type drinks were available between mile 7 and the finish as this would normally be the case (such as Lucozade) and may have avoided the number of people that suffered from dehydration (I saw several collapsed in the street). This would have been even more important for those who ran the marathon. I do love the t-shirts - great design and I will be more than happy to wear that to my gym - also great medal (these things do matter to us complete amateurs). Well done
A fantastic day with great organisation. Only let down for me was that I was unable to locate the race pacers. Overall , brilliant!!
This was an extremely well organised event. There were plenty water stations and really good marshalling along the course. The armosphere in the village was friendly with good toilet facilities. Great route, nice mix of of street and parkland, Itchin bridge at the end was a killer ????
N.B. Feedback for half marathon, (I ran both this and the fun run and have responded separately for each.) I feel this was a well organised event, with good information, preparation and organisation on the day. All the mile makers, pacers and other organisers on the day were very helpful and positive. The route worked well, I enjoyed running past the various landmarks around Southampton. Not many runs can boast that they go through a mixture of city streets, parks, football stadiums and over various bridges. A couple of the roads, especially at the start were a bit tight with residents parking. Timing gates over the Itchen Bridge was a nice touch, though it would also have been good to get an extra one around the half way point on the course, (around Woodmill) just a track of performance for the Half'ers. The handouts at the end were good. Nice medal and T-shirt. At the Silverstone Half they handed out these within the goodie bags which sped up people getting through the finish area. One downside I have heard was there was an issue with some of the front marathon finishers getting mixed in with the half racers at the end, not sure if some kind of barrier system would work, or instructions for each race to keep left/right. The beer/isotonic drink at the end was good, if you can get that supplier back for next year I would definitely see it as a positive. Its also good that you've obviously engaged well with local businesses. I'm not sure I'll be able to take any up on their discount offers with the Medal, but it was a nice addition. Many thanks, Andy
It was a really well organised event and supported well. My only criticism is that for the 10K race the water station was in the wrong place and should be in or around half way point and not at the 8K point which on a hot day was not acceptable really.