ABP announced as headline sponsor of the 2016 Southampton Half Marathon and 10K for the second year running

January 11, 2016

Right: Nick Ridehalgh crosses the finish line in 2015

Following on from the runaway success of the inaugural ABP Southampton Half Marathon and 10K last year, ABP Southampton has announced that it will return as headline sponsor for the second-year running.

The incredible popularity of last year’s event has inspired race organisers to extend the ABP Southampton Half Marathon and 10K 2016 over the whole weekend this year (Saturday 23 – Sunday 24 April 2016).

As an integral part of the Southampton community ABP will again be heavily involved in the event. It is working closely with race organiser Marafun UK to fund, organise and promote the run and is building up an army of ABP Milemakers to line the route and cheer on the runners. In addition, ABP is donating £200 to every charity or community group that acts as an ABP Milemaker.

The inaugural event raised a staggering £100,000 for a wide variety of causes. This year the hope is to double this for local charities, including the Mayor’s chosen charities of Rose Road, the Southampton Air Cadets and the Saints foundation.

Brand new course routes have been introduced to give runners the ultimate views of Southampton’s iconic landmarks. Racers will pass by the Bargate, QE2 Anchor and St Mary’s Stadium, this year crossing the start and finish lines in the centre of the city in Guildhall Square.

The event has been made even more accessible to all ages, with the introduction of the ABP Schools Challenge. Created to inspire the next generation of runners, the special run will provide a platform for friendly competition between local schools and a goal to strive for in the preceding months’ PE sessions.

Director of ABP Southampton, Nick Ridehalgh said: “We are delighted to once again be involved in such a great event for the city, local community and the running world. This year we are expecting to see up to 10,000 runners taking part and hope to raise even more money for the Admiral of the Port, the Right Honorable Mayor’s charities and many other wonderful local causes. There are still a few places left, so register soon and get training.”

Chris Rees, race director, said: “After the success of last year’s event, we are so excited that the ABP Southampton Half Marathon and 10K has become an eagerly awaited fixture in the city’s sporting calendar. We can’t wait for the whole city to get involved one way or another, be that racing, mile-making or supporting from the sidelines.”