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Sun shines as runners hit the streets

They came, they saw and they pounded the pavements in their thousands!

As the sun shone down on Southampton today (April 22) a record number of people took part in the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k. A huge 10,000 people signed up for the event and even the unseasonably hot weather didn’t hold them back from giving the run their all.

Southampton races AnnieThey were cheered on by an estimated 30,000 spectators and army of more than 850 volunteers as the growing event celebrated its fourth successful year.

It’s the second year that the event has featured a full marathon distance and this year it was won by Richard Waldron from Southampton Athletic Club in a time of 2 hours 40 minutes and 46 seconds. Taking women’s first place was Orla Tuohy from Grange-Fermoy Athletics Club in 2:58:55.

The ABP Southampton Half Marathon was won by Aiden Lennan in 1:13:46 and Simone Mitchell from Winchester and District Athletics Club was the first female over the line in a time of 1:20:39

Victory in the 10k went to William Bryan from Itchen Spitfires running club with a time of 34:13. Ashley Stone was the first female over the line in a time of 38:07.

It wasn’t just grown-ups making the podium. 14-year-old Luc Pearce from Chandler’s Ford scooped first place in the one-mile fun run which took place in the afternoon and saw 516 children and their parents take part.

The mascot mile – a race between giant furry mascots from local businesses and charities – was won by Chip the Beaver from the 29th Immaculata Scout Group.

Organisers say this year’s event was so popular that they’re already considering making the ABP Southampton Marathon even bigger in 2019.

Nikki Rees, one of the race directors, said:

"The number of people taking part in the full marathon distance rose significantly this year so we’re looking at allowing even more people to take part next year.

"We also saw unprecedented interest in the 10k, with all the places full weeks before the event. It’s early days but we’re exploring creating 20 per cent more 10k spaces next year. If that happens it’ll make ours the biggest 10k in Hampshire, possibly even the south."

Judith Stephens, Events and Community Fundraising Officer, Southampton Hospital Charity said:

"Being the official local charity for the ABP Southampton Marathon 2018 has been of huge benefit to us. We had over 220 runners take part in the various races, raising tens of thousands of pounds! This will make a massive difference and help us support patients at the hospital and enhance our facilities. Thank you to everyone who was involved."

The date for next year’s ABP Southampton Marathon has been set for April 28, 2019. Register your interest with us at charity@uhs.nhs.uk.

Further photos of our Southampton Superstars can be found via our Facebook page.




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