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Stadium throws open its gates for Southampton Marathon

January 12, 2018

People taking part in Southampton’s biggest running event are set to tread in the footsteps of sporting legends this April. Organisers of the ABP Southampton Marathon have confirmed that this year’s event (April 22), will pass through the home of Southampton FC, St Mary’s Stadium.

The iconic venue has become a popular fixture on the route since it was first introduced in 2016 and participants will be able to run alongside the pitch, which has been trodden by some of the biggest names in football.

Those behind the ABP Southampton Marathon, which attracted 10,000 entries last year, have confirmed that both the half and full marathon distances will run through St Mary’s this year.

Chris Rees, race director, said:

‘The event has become a firm fixture on Southampton’s sporting calendar and we’re thrilled that the city’s biggest sporting venue is involved yet again. We can’t wait to open the gates to St Mary’s on race day and give runners the unique opportunity to run alongside the pitch.’

Alastair Welch, ABP Southampton Director, title sponsor of the event, visited the stadium to see where runners will be treading.

He said:

‘It is great that everyone taking part will have the opportunity to run through the stadium and soak up a little of the St.Mary’s magic.

“We have seen the ABP Southampton Marathon grow in popularity each year and 2018 will be no exception – we are looking forward to even more runners from the port community taking part this year.’

Toby Steele, Managing Director of Southampton FC, added:

‘We are delighted to be able to welcome Southampton’s biggest running event through the gates at St Mary’s again. As one of the runners this year, I am really looking forward to taking part in what is always a great sporting event that helps to raise money for so many worthwhile causes in the local community.’

The stars of Southampton FC are no strangers to the ABP Southampton Marathon. In previous years former players Franny Benali and Matt Le Tissier have pounded the city’s pavements and taken on the half marathon, along with club chairman, Ralph Krueger, to raise money for the Saints Foundation. This charitable arm of Southampton FC helps to raise valuable funds for vulnerable adults and young people living in Southampton and the surrounding area.

The ABP Southampton Marathon takes place on Sunday, April 22. It features a 10k, half marathon and children’s mile fun run as well as a full marathon. All races start and finish in the heart of Southampton’s city centre with the run course taking in iconic local landmarks including the Bargate, Itchen Bridge, Riverside Park and the Common before reaching a stunning finish by the Guildhall in the city centre.

Last year a huge 10,000 runners signed up and people have until March 15 to get their entries in for this year’s event.

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