Around 10,000 runners flocked to the city of Southampton to take part in the ABP Southampton races. The three different distances included the full marathon at 26 miles, the half marathon and the 10K race with people participating from cities all around the UK. Its the first full Maraton the city has seen in 33 years and athletes and members of the public were out in force to make this one of the most memorable events the city has seen.
The Southampton Mayor Councillor Cathie McEwing set runners off at each race and was at the finish line to greet them when they completed their challenge. Charity money was raised by runners and was expected to reach a whopping £500,000 in total for charities including Cancer Immunology, Wessex Cancer Trust and Ronald McDonalds, with the event also bring in £1million for the city economy. The route took runners around the city landmarks including the Itchen Bridge, the Southampton Football Club stadium and the newly refurbished Guildhall square.
Miss Hampshire and sports presenter Michael Kurn were there to cheer on runners and report on the winners of the races. As well as joining the Mayor and Alastair Welch (ABP Southampton Port Director) in presenting them with their awards. There was also a Mile Fun Run for children, adults and families to take part in. Also a Mascot Race that saw Sammy the Saint and Eric the Owl run amongst others. Famous faces running the race included Matt Le Tissier and 4 Olympians, also cheered on by the crowds. The great weather and atmosphere all contributed to the day being a great success and will return next year for 2018.
The winners included:
Marathon Male Winner – David Coak, Race Time 2hr 39mins (Eastleigh Running Club) 1st time Marathon Runner
Marathon Female Winner – Sylvia Ward, Race Time 3hr 29mins (Stubbington Green Runners) 1st time Marathon Runner
Half Marathon Winner – Matthew Benet, Race Time 1hr 12mins
10K Race Winner – James Hughes, Race Time 36mins
A huge well done to all of the runners and everyone that took part or supported on the day. If you ran the race, organisers are asking for feedback so check your emails!
See the results and any info on the 2018 event at their website here: http://www.abpsouthamptonhalf.co.uk