Plans for Southampton to host half marathon in 2015

The launch of the Southampton half-marathon

The launch of the Southampton half-marathon

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IT will be a landmark moment in Southampton’s proud and illustrious sporting history.

Today the Daily Echo can exclusively reveal plans to create a new Olympic-style legacy in the city by launching its first half marathon.

Nearly 20,000 people are expected to take to the streets next spring to celebrate what will be the city’s biggest ever running event.

Up to 6,000 runners will be pounding the pavements past teeming crowds and some of the south’s most iconic landmarks.

The historic Bargate, Southampton Common, St Mary’s Stadium and Southampton University campus will all play their part in the 13.2 mile route.

Runners will even see a stunning panoramic view of cruise liners and container ships approaching the docks as the course rises nearly 100ft to the top of the iconic Itchen Bridge.

Organisers Marafun want to showcase the city and boost tourism, while promoting the area’s grass roots sports clubs and community groups.

They say it will whip up similar excitement as in 1990, when the city hosted the first ever Great South Run – now held in Portsmouth.

The half marathon, scheduled for April 26, 2015, begins in Hoglands Park, travelling north to Southampton Common, continuing east to Bitterne, before returning to the heart of the city via the Itchen Bridge.

It climaxes in front of cheering crowds at Guildhall Square.

Thousands of residents and community groups will form an army of volunteers keeping the runners’ strengths and spirits up.

A shorter 10KM race will also be starting and finishing at the same locations.

Marafun UK managing director Chris Rees, pictured, hailed it as the city’s running “revival” and said: “This will be the biggest running event in Southampton’s history.

“Southampton has so many parks and green areas and running clubs and our idea is to create a large community event to inspire people.

“All the city’s iconic locations will be joined up in one big event and we have the unique mix of coastal, urban and green areas in the same race.

“It is going to be an enjoyable, competitive experience where people will want to keep coming back.”

He anticipates increasing participant numbers year on year to 10,000 by 2017.

Thousands of volunteers are needed to serve as marshals, water station and bag drop attendants and as entertainers.

Groups offering outstanding service will be in the running for the Best Comm-unity Support Award.

He added: “This is going to be an all-inclusive event and if you are not running you can still get involved.”

Organisers and transport chiefs have already drawn up a meticulous schedule to keep major traffic routes flowing to avoid gridlock.

The course focuses on pedestrian routes, but residents on the route will receive newsletters and maps outlining rolling road closures.

Measures include ensuring The Avenue and the inbound carriageway of Northam Bridge are open throughout.

Southampton City Council events manager Craig Lintott anticipates every runner will invite an average of two spectators along.

He said: “This will give the city a huge economic boost. We are supporting Marafun in their plans and will do all we can to ensure it is successful.”

Are you in the running?

Entries are now open for both the half marathon and 10K routes.

The first 500 signing up for both races receive an early bird price of £23.99 for the half marathon and £17.99 for the 10K.

Full prices are £28.99 and £21.99 respectively.

See marafunuk.com to sign up. For more information follow @marafunuk on Twitter or use
#sotonhalf or #marafunsoton

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7:05am Wed 14 May 14

vangobbel says...

More Traffic chaos.
More Traffic chaos. vangobbel
  • Score: -21

7:12am Wed 14 May 14

wizard says...

This is going to be fantastic for the city!
This is going to be fantastic for the city! wizard
  • Score: 18

7:24am Wed 14 May 14

SouthernRover80 says...

I might be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure you have to travel East from the Common to get to Bitterne. If you went West you'd end up in Shirley and Milbrook.
I might be mistaken, but I'm pretty sure you have to travel East from the Common to get to Bitterne. If you went West you'd end up in Shirley and Milbrook. SouthernRover80
  • Score: 2

8:05am Wed 14 May 14

loosehead says...

Again bad investigative journalism by the Echo. FIRST HALF MARATHON?
so the medal I've got for doing the Southampton half marathon is a figment of my imagination? so the run over the Itchen Bridge up Peartree avenue then up & down through Townhill Park never happened?
Yes I think it's a great idea to bring it back but to say it's the first time it's been done is wrong.
Again bad investigative journalism by the Echo. FIRST HALF MARATHON? so the medal I've got for doing the Southampton half marathon is a figment of my imagination? so the run over the Itchen Bridge up Peartree avenue then up & down through Townhill Park never happened? Yes I think it's a great idea to bring it back but to say it's the first time it's been done is wrong. loosehead
  • Score: 3

8:13am Wed 14 May 14

westhantsboy says...

Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year....
Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year.... westhantsboy
  • Score: 1

8:32am Wed 14 May 14

ameliaS says...

They'll have to fix all the potholes before the race or there'll be a lot of injuries. Runners - beware!
They'll have to fix all the potholes before the race or there'll be a lot of injuries. Runners - beware! ameliaS
  • Score: 5

8:40am Wed 14 May 14

elvisimo says...

this and the cycling event - some people will have so to moan about - its like all their Christmas's coming at once.
this and the cycling event - some people will have so to moan about - its like all their Christmas's coming at once. elvisimo
  • Score: 11

9:47am Wed 14 May 14

stay local says...

loosehead wrote:
Again bad investigative journalism by the Echo. FIRST HALF MARATHON?
so the medal I've got for doing the Southampton half marathon is a figment of my imagination? so the run over the Itchen Bridge up Peartree avenue then up & down through Townhill Park never happened?
Yes I think it's a great idea to bring it back but to say it's the first time it's been done is wrong.
There once was a full marathon in the city.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Again bad investigative journalism by the Echo. FIRST HALF MARATHON? so the medal I've got for doing the Southampton half marathon is a figment of my imagination? so the run over the Itchen Bridge up Peartree avenue then up & down through Townhill Park never happened? Yes I think it's a great idea to bring it back but to say it's the first time it's been done is wrong.[/p][/quote]There once was a full marathon in the city. stay local
  • Score: 3

10:37am Wed 14 May 14

garethsmith72 says...

Is this supposed to compete with the BUPA run in Pompey ...
Is this supposed to compete with the BUPA run in Pompey ... garethsmith72
  • Score: 1

10:48am Wed 14 May 14

ToastyTea says...

This will actually be something new and good for the city, good going. Tempted to join it myself
This will actually be something new and good for the city, good going. Tempted to join it myself ToastyTea
  • Score: 3

11:00am Wed 14 May 14

Brite Spark says...

I'm up for that training starts this evening.
I'm up for that training starts this evening. Brite Spark
  • Score: 3

11:28am Wed 14 May 14

__KTF__ says...

westhantsboy wrote:
Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year....
I suspect they will get a glut of entries after the London ballot results are out as anyone thinking of doing London wont sign up for this yet.

The climb over the Itchen bridge (and back again) for no real reason other than to go over the bridge to get the mileage up is also not going to make this a PB course.

Nearly £30 for the half is pushing it a bit as well compared to similar events.
[quote][p][bold]westhantsboy[/bold] wrote: Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year....[/p][/quote]I suspect they will get a glut of entries after the London ballot results are out as anyone thinking of doing London wont sign up for this yet. The climb over the Itchen bridge (and back again) for no real reason other than to go over the bridge to get the mileage up is also not going to make this a PB course. Nearly £30 for the half is pushing it a bit as well compared to similar events. __KTF__
  • Score: 0

11:58am Wed 14 May 14

Ellwood says...

loosehead wrote:
Again bad investigative journalism by the Echo. FIRST HALF MARATHON?
so the medal I've got for doing the Southampton half marathon is a figment of my imagination? so the run over the Itchen Bridge up Peartree avenue then up & down through Townhill Park never happened?
Yes I think it's a great idea to bring it back but to say it's the first time it's been done is wrong.
Exactly........I have a clutch of those medals too LH.......... fond memories. Hope it all goes well for Southampton's half-marathon take two........... ; 0 )
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Again bad investigative journalism by the Echo. FIRST HALF MARATHON? so the medal I've got for doing the Southampton half marathon is a figment of my imagination? so the run over the Itchen Bridge up Peartree avenue then up & down through Townhill Park never happened? Yes I think it's a great idea to bring it back but to say it's the first time it's been done is wrong.[/p][/quote]Exactly........I have a clutch of those medals too LH.......... fond memories. Hope it all goes well for Southampton's half-marathon take two........... ; 0 ) Ellwood
  • Score: 5

12:15pm Wed 14 May 14

camerajuan says...

I can't believe how many people are against events in the city that circulate around physical activity.

The same people flap their gums about the obesity crisis. Something not right there!

I for one welcome this event and anything that promotes getting fitter, moving more, being active and looking and feeling better than you do. Anyone who doesn't must have an allergy to exercise and should have no say in the matter.
I can't believe how many people are against events in the city that circulate around physical activity. The same people flap their gums about the obesity crisis. Something not right there! I for one welcome this event and anything that promotes getting fitter, moving more, being active and looking and feeling better than you do. Anyone who doesn't must have an allergy to exercise and should have no say in the matter. camerajuan
  • Score: 7

12:24pm Wed 14 May 14

wizard says...

__KTF__ wrote:
westhantsboy wrote:
Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year....
I suspect they will get a glut of entries after the London ballot results are out as anyone thinking of doing London wont sign up for this yet.

The climb over the Itchen bridge (and back again) for no real reason other than to go over the bridge to get the mileage up is also not going to make this a PB course.

Nearly £30 for the half is pushing it a bit as well compared to similar events.
Its £21.99, name me another big city half marathons with several road closures close to that cheap? ill be entering
[quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westhantsboy[/bold] wrote: Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year....[/p][/quote]I suspect they will get a glut of entries after the London ballot results are out as anyone thinking of doing London wont sign up for this yet. The climb over the Itchen bridge (and back again) for no real reason other than to go over the bridge to get the mileage up is also not going to make this a PB course. Nearly £30 for the half is pushing it a bit as well compared to similar events.[/p][/quote]Its £21.99, name me another big city half marathons with several road closures close to that cheap? ill be entering wizard
  • Score: 4

12:26pm Wed 14 May 14

vlaming says...

loosehead wrote:
Again bad investigative journalism by the Echo. FIRST HALF MARATHON?
so the medal I've got for doing the Southampton half marathon is a figment of my imagination? so the run over the Itchen Bridge up Peartree avenue then up & down through Townhill Park never happened?
Yes I think it's a great idea to bring it back but to say it's the first time it's been done is wrong.
I did the Southampton 1/2 Marathon in April 1989, and also in April 1982.
So your headline saying it will be Southampton's 1st 1/2 marathon is completely untrue. Do your research first before making this assumption.
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Again bad investigative journalism by the Echo. FIRST HALF MARATHON? so the medal I've got for doing the Southampton half marathon is a figment of my imagination? so the run over the Itchen Bridge up Peartree avenue then up & down through Townhill Park never happened? Yes I think it's a great idea to bring it back but to say it's the first time it's been done is wrong.[/p][/quote]I did the Southampton 1/2 Marathon in April 1989, and also in April 1982. So your headline saying it will be Southampton's 1st 1/2 marathon is completely untrue. Do your research first before making this assumption. vlaming
  • Score: 5

12:41pm Wed 14 May 14

loosehead says...

stay local wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Again bad investigative journalism by the Echo. FIRST HALF MARATHON?
so the medal I've got for doing the Southampton half marathon is a figment of my imagination? so the run over the Itchen Bridge up Peartree avenue then up & down through Townhill Park never happened?
Yes I think it's a great idea to bring it back but to say it's the first time it's been done is wrong.
There once was a full marathon in the city.
You had the option of the full or the half mararthon & most runners went for the half so this isn't the first half marathon or are you telling me I ran for 20+ miles?
[quote][p][bold]stay local[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Again bad investigative journalism by the Echo. FIRST HALF MARATHON? so the medal I've got for doing the Southampton half marathon is a figment of my imagination? so the run over the Itchen Bridge up Peartree avenue then up & down through Townhill Park never happened? Yes I think it's a great idea to bring it back but to say it's the first time it's been done is wrong.[/p][/quote]There once was a full marathon in the city.[/p][/quote]You had the option of the full or the half mararthon & most runners went for the half so this isn't the first half marathon or are you telling me I ran for 20+ miles? loosehead
  • Score: 1

12:43pm Wed 14 May 14

loosehead says...

vlaming wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Again bad investigative journalism by the Echo. FIRST HALF MARATHON?
so the medal I've got for doing the Southampton half marathon is a figment of my imagination? so the run over the Itchen Bridge up Peartree avenue then up & down through Townhill Park never happened?
Yes I think it's a great idea to bring it back but to say it's the first time it's been done is wrong.
I did the Southampton 1/2 Marathon in April 1989, and also in April 1982.
So your headline saying it will be Southampton's 1st 1/2 marathon is completely untrue. Do your research first before making this assumption.
was that about the Echo or my post? as I was saying exactly the same thing as you?
[quote][p][bold]vlaming[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Again bad investigative journalism by the Echo. FIRST HALF MARATHON? so the medal I've got for doing the Southampton half marathon is a figment of my imagination? so the run over the Itchen Bridge up Peartree avenue then up & down through Townhill Park never happened? Yes I think it's a great idea to bring it back but to say it's the first time it's been done is wrong.[/p][/quote]I did the Southampton 1/2 Marathon in April 1989, and also in April 1982. So your headline saying it will be Southampton's 1st 1/2 marathon is completely untrue. Do your research first before making this assumption.[/p][/quote]was that about the Echo or my post? as I was saying exactly the same thing as you? loosehead
  • Score: 1

12:45pm Wed 14 May 14

loosehead says...

I couldn't believe the original half/full marathon was stopped so I welcome it back but it's not the first half marathon for this city.
I would now like to see a cycle race around the city & maybe get the international teams here competing.
I'm for any sport or sporting event.
I couldn't believe the original half/full marathon was stopped so I welcome it back but it's not the first half marathon for this city. I would now like to see a cycle race around the city & maybe get the international teams here competing. I'm for any sport or sporting event. loosehead
  • Score: 5

1:50pm Wed 14 May 14

vlaming says...

loosehead wrote:
vlaming wrote:
loosehead wrote:
Again bad investigative journalism by the Echo. FIRST HALF MARATHON?
so the medal I've got for doing the Southampton half marathon is a figment of my imagination? so the run over the Itchen Bridge up Peartree avenue then up & down through Townhill Park never happened?
Yes I think it's a great idea to bring it back but to say it's the first time it's been done is wrong.
I did the Southampton 1/2 Marathon in April 1989, and also in April 1982.
So your headline saying it will be Southampton's 1st 1/2 marathon is completely untrue. Do your research first before making this assumption.
was that about the Echo or my post? as I was saying exactly the same thing as you?
It was about the Echo!
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]vlaming[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: Again bad investigative journalism by the Echo. FIRST HALF MARATHON? so the medal I've got for doing the Southampton half marathon is a figment of my imagination? so the run over the Itchen Bridge up Peartree avenue then up & down through Townhill Park never happened? Yes I think it's a great idea to bring it back but to say it's the first time it's been done is wrong.[/p][/quote]I did the Southampton 1/2 Marathon in April 1989, and also in April 1982. So your headline saying it will be Southampton's 1st 1/2 marathon is completely untrue. Do your research first before making this assumption.[/p][/quote]was that about the Echo or my post? as I was saying exactly the same thing as you?[/p][/quote]It was about the Echo! vlaming
  • Score: 1

2:43pm Wed 14 May 14

__KTF__ says...

wizard wrote:
__KTF__ wrote:
westhantsboy wrote:
Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year....
I suspect they will get a glut of entries after the London ballot results are out as anyone thinking of doing London wont sign up for this yet.

The climb over the Itchen bridge (and back again) for no real reason other than to go over the bridge to get the mileage up is also not going to make this a PB course.

Nearly £30 for the half is pushing it a bit as well compared to similar events.
Its £21.99, name me another big city half marathons with several road closures close to that cheap? ill be entering
For the half its £23.99 for the first 500, rising to £28.99 after that which is on the high side compared to Basingstoke, Milton Keynes, etc.
[quote][p][bold]wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westhantsboy[/bold] wrote: Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year....[/p][/quote]I suspect they will get a glut of entries after the London ballot results are out as anyone thinking of doing London wont sign up for this yet. The climb over the Itchen bridge (and back again) for no real reason other than to go over the bridge to get the mileage up is also not going to make this a PB course. Nearly £30 for the half is pushing it a bit as well compared to similar events.[/p][/quote]Its £21.99, name me another big city half marathons with several road closures close to that cheap? ill be entering[/p][/quote]For the half its £23.99 for the first 500, rising to £28.99 after that which is on the high side compared to Basingstoke, Milton Keynes, etc. __KTF__
  • Score: -4

3:52pm Wed 14 May 14

downfader says...

__KTF__ wrote:
wizard wrote:
__KTF__ wrote:
westhantsboy wrote:
Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year....
I suspect they will get a glut of entries after the London ballot results are out as anyone thinking of doing London wont sign up for this yet.

The climb over the Itchen bridge (and back again) for no real reason other than to go over the bridge to get the mileage up is also not going to make this a PB course.

Nearly £30 for the half is pushing it a bit as well compared to similar events.
Its £21.99, name me another big city half marathons with several road closures close to that cheap? ill be entering
For the half its £23.99 for the first 500, rising to £28.99 after that which is on the high side compared to Basingstoke, Milton Keynes, etc.
Well they do have to bribe all the antis who'll decide they want to drive around on that day, haha
[quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westhantsboy[/bold] wrote: Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year....[/p][/quote]I suspect they will get a glut of entries after the London ballot results are out as anyone thinking of doing London wont sign up for this yet. The climb over the Itchen bridge (and back again) for no real reason other than to go over the bridge to get the mileage up is also not going to make this a PB course. Nearly £30 for the half is pushing it a bit as well compared to similar events.[/p][/quote]Its £21.99, name me another big city half marathons with several road closures close to that cheap? ill be entering[/p][/quote]For the half its £23.99 for the first 500, rising to £28.99 after that which is on the high side compared to Basingstoke, Milton Keynes, etc.[/p][/quote]Well they do have to bribe all the antis who'll decide they want to drive around on that day, haha downfader
  • Score: 1

4:05pm Wed 14 May 14

03alpe01 says...

Come on people, this is a good thing. It is encouraging healthy activity. No moaning please.
Come on people, this is a good thing. It is encouraging healthy activity. No moaning please. 03alpe01
  • Score: 5

4:25pm Wed 14 May 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

__KTF__ wrote:
wizard wrote:
__KTF__ wrote:
westhantsboy wrote:
Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year....
I suspect they will get a glut of entries after the London ballot results are out as anyone thinking of doing London wont sign up for this yet.

The climb over the Itchen bridge (and back again) for no real reason other than to go over the bridge to get the mileage up is also not going to make this a PB course.

Nearly £30 for the half is pushing it a bit as well compared to similar events.
Its £21.99, name me another big city half marathons with several road closures close to that cheap? ill be entering
For the half its £23.99 for the first 500, rising to £28.99 after that which is on the high side compared to Basingstoke, Milton Keynes, etc.
Can you get to Milton Keynes for less than a fiver then?
Basic economics if you want to do the half marathon,do it here!
[quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westhantsboy[/bold] wrote: Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year....[/p][/quote]I suspect they will get a glut of entries after the London ballot results are out as anyone thinking of doing London wont sign up for this yet. The climb over the Itchen bridge (and back again) for no real reason other than to go over the bridge to get the mileage up is also not going to make this a PB course. Nearly £30 for the half is pushing it a bit as well compared to similar events.[/p][/quote]Its £21.99, name me another big city half marathons with several road closures close to that cheap? ill be entering[/p][/quote]For the half its £23.99 for the first 500, rising to £28.99 after that which is on the high side compared to Basingstoke, Milton Keynes, etc.[/p][/quote]Can you get to Milton Keynes for less than a fiver then? Basic economics if you want to do the half marathon,do it here! 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 2

4:27pm Wed 14 May 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

vangobbel wrote:
More Traffic chaos.
Kn0b
[quote][p][bold]vangobbel[/bold] wrote: More Traffic chaos.[/p][/quote]Kn0b 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 2

4:34pm Wed 14 May 14

__KTF__ says...

100%HANTSBOY wrote:
__KTF__ wrote:
wizard wrote:
__KTF__ wrote:
westhantsboy wrote:
Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year....
I suspect they will get a glut of entries after the London ballot results are out as anyone thinking of doing London wont sign up for this yet.

The climb over the Itchen bridge (and back again) for no real reason other than to go over the bridge to get the mileage up is also not going to make this a PB course.

Nearly £30 for the half is pushing it a bit as well compared to similar events.
Its £21.99, name me another big city half marathons with several road closures close to that cheap? ill be entering
For the half its £23.99 for the first 500, rising to £28.99 after that which is on the high side compared to Basingstoke, Milton Keynes, etc.
Can you get to Milton Keynes for less than a fiver then?
Basic economics if you want to do the half marathon,do it here!
Depends why you want to do a half. If its for a fast time, this is not the course to do it on as its not flat. Gosport is much better for that and thats a max of £17.

If you just want to do a half marathon then fair enough but people do them for different reasons so there is more to it than economics.
[quote][p][bold]100%HANTSBOY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westhantsboy[/bold] wrote: Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year....[/p][/quote]I suspect they will get a glut of entries after the London ballot results are out as anyone thinking of doing London wont sign up for this yet. The climb over the Itchen bridge (and back again) for no real reason other than to go over the bridge to get the mileage up is also not going to make this a PB course. Nearly £30 for the half is pushing it a bit as well compared to similar events.[/p][/quote]Its £21.99, name me another big city half marathons with several road closures close to that cheap? ill be entering[/p][/quote]For the half its £23.99 for the first 500, rising to £28.99 after that which is on the high side compared to Basingstoke, Milton Keynes, etc.[/p][/quote]Can you get to Milton Keynes for less than a fiver then? Basic economics if you want to do the half marathon,do it here![/p][/quote]Depends why you want to do a half. If its for a fast time, this is not the course to do it on as its not flat. Gosport is much better for that and thats a max of £17. If you just want to do a half marathon then fair enough but people do them for different reasons so there is more to it than economics. __KTF__
  • Score: -3

4:41pm Wed 14 May 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

__KTF__ wrote:
100%HANTSBOY wrote:
__KTF__ wrote:
wizard wrote:
__KTF__ wrote:
westhantsboy wrote:
Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year....
I suspect they will get a glut of entries after the London ballot results are out as anyone thinking of doing London wont sign up for this yet.

The climb over the Itchen bridge (and back again) for no real reason other than to go over the bridge to get the mileage up is also not going to make this a PB course.

Nearly £30 for the half is pushing it a bit as well compared to similar events.
Its £21.99, name me another big city half marathons with several road closures close to that cheap? ill be entering
For the half its £23.99 for the first 500, rising to £28.99 after that which is on the high side compared to Basingstoke, Milton Keynes, etc.
Can you get to Milton Keynes for less than a fiver then?
Basic economics if you want to do the half marathon,do it here!
Depends why you want to do a half. If its for a fast time, this is not the course to do it on as its not flat. Gosport is much better for that and thats a max of £17.

If you just want to do a half marathon then fair enough but people do them for different reasons so there is more to it than economics.
Ah well,fair enough...let's just cancel it then!
[quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]100%HANTSBOY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]wizard[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]__KTF__[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]westhantsboy[/bold] wrote: Well done, but it also clashes with the date of the London Marathon next year....[/p][/quote]I suspect they will get a glut of entries after the London ballot results are out as anyone thinking of doing London wont sign up for this yet. The climb over the Itchen bridge (and back again) for no real reason other than to go over the bridge to get the mileage up is also not going to make this a PB course. Nearly £30 for the half is pushing it a bit as well compared to similar events.[/p][/quote]Its £21.99, name me another big city half marathons with several road closures close to that cheap? ill be entering[/p][/quote]For the half its £23.99 for the first 500, rising to £28.99 after that which is on the high side compared to Basingstoke, Milton Keynes, etc.[/p][/quote]Can you get to Milton Keynes for less than a fiver then? Basic economics if you want to do the half marathon,do it here![/p][/quote]Depends why you want to do a half. If its for a fast time, this is not the course to do it on as its not flat. Gosport is much better for that and thats a max of £17. If you just want to do a half marathon then fair enough but people do them for different reasons so there is more to it than economics.[/p][/quote]Ah well,fair enough...let's just cancel it then! 100%HANTSBOY
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5:24pm Wed 14 May 14

befriendly says...

I've just heard a rumour that the city council is salivating at the thought of maybe charging 20000 runners a £1 each to cross the bridge. Just a rumour mind, but with finances as they are every penny counts.
I've just heard a rumour that the city council is salivating at the thought of maybe charging 20000 runners a £1 each to cross the bridge. Just a rumour mind, but with finances as they are every penny counts. befriendly
  • Score: -3

9:02pm Wed 14 May 14

loosehead says...

03alpe01 wrote:
Come on people, this is a good thing. It is encouraging healthy activity. No moaning please.
I'm not moaning about the event as I think it's great it's come back but I am saying the headline is wrong.
[quote][p][bold]03alpe01[/bold] wrote: Come on people, this is a good thing. It is encouraging healthy activity. No moaning please.[/p][/quote]I'm not moaning about the event as I think it's great it's come back but I am saying the headline is wrong. loosehead
  • Score: 0

9:44pm Wed 14 May 14

lisa whitemore says...

befriendly wrote:
I've just heard a rumour that the city council is salivating at the thought of maybe charging 20000 runners a £1 each to cross the bridge. Just a rumour mind, but with finances as they are every penny counts.
only a pound?? that surprises me!!
[quote][p][bold]befriendly[/bold] wrote: I've just heard a rumour that the city council is salivating at the thought of maybe charging 20000 runners a £1 each to cross the bridge. Just a rumour mind, but with finances as they are every penny counts.[/p][/quote]only a pound?? that surprises me!! lisa whitemore
  • Score: 0

6:04am Thu 15 May 14

loosehead says...

lisa whitemore wrote:
befriendly wrote:
I've just heard a rumour that the city council is salivating at the thought of maybe charging 20000 runners a £1 each to cross the bridge. Just a rumour mind, but with finances as they are every penny counts.
only a pound?? that surprises me!!
my wife found it funny they have to run across then straight back over the bridge will they get charged twice?
The old route was down the Avenue down Burgess road down to Shirley along the main road to town up where the train station is through the park then down to the Itchen bridge & over it down to Paertrtee avenue up it through Townhill park ,riverside over Cobden bridge & on to the end in the common this new route looks a lot easier!
[quote][p][bold]lisa whitemore[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]befriendly[/bold] wrote: I've just heard a rumour that the city council is salivating at the thought of maybe charging 20000 runners a £1 each to cross the bridge. Just a rumour mind, but with finances as they are every penny counts.[/p][/quote]only a pound?? that surprises me!![/p][/quote]my wife found it funny they have to run across then straight back over the bridge will they get charged twice? The old route was down the Avenue down Burgess road down to Shirley along the main road to town up where the train station is through the park then down to the Itchen bridge & over it down to Paertrtee avenue up it through Townhill park ,riverside over Cobden bridge & on to the end in the common this new route looks a lot easier! loosehead
  • Score: 0

2:56pm Thu 15 May 14

southamptonadi says...

I might even join in, not done any running since school but why not,

Hope saints aren't playing that day, that would cause issues.
I might even join in, not done any running since school but why not, Hope saints aren't playing that day, that would cause issues. southamptonadi
  • Score: 0

2:58pm Thu 15 May 14

southamptonadi says...

loosehead wrote:
lisa whitemore wrote:
befriendly wrote:
I've just heard a rumour that the city council is salivating at the thought of maybe charging 20000 runners a £1 each to cross the bridge. Just a rumour mind, but with finances as they are every penny counts.
only a pound?? that surprises me!!
my wife found it funny they have to run across then straight back over the bridge will they get charged twice?
The old route was down the Avenue down Burgess road down to Shirley along the main road to town up where the train station is through the park then down to the Itchen bridge & over it down to Paertrtee avenue up it through Townhill park ,riverside over Cobden bridge & on to the end in the common this new route looks a lot easier!
Why do they cross twice says eh will come from bitterne over the itchen bridge into the city
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lisa whitemore[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]befriendly[/bold] wrote: I've just heard a rumour that the city council is salivating at the thought of maybe charging 20000 runners a £1 each to cross the bridge. Just a rumour mind, but with finances as they are every penny counts.[/p][/quote]only a pound?? that surprises me!![/p][/quote]my wife found it funny they have to run across then straight back over the bridge will they get charged twice? The old route was down the Avenue down Burgess road down to Shirley along the main road to town up where the train station is through the park then down to the Itchen bridge & over it down to Paertrtee avenue up it through Townhill park ,riverside over Cobden bridge & on to the end in the common this new route looks a lot easier![/p][/quote]Why do they cross twice says eh will come from bitterne over the itchen bridge into the city southamptonadi
  • Score: 0

2:58pm Thu 15 May 14

southamptonadi says...

loosehead wrote:
lisa whitemore wrote:
befriendly wrote:
I've just heard a rumour that the city council is salivating at the thought of maybe charging 20000 runners a £1 each to cross the bridge. Just a rumour mind, but with finances as they are every penny counts.
only a pound?? that surprises me!!
my wife found it funny they have to run across then straight back over the bridge will they get charged twice?
The old route was down the Avenue down Burgess road down to Shirley along the main road to town up where the train station is through the park then down to the Itchen bridge & over it down to Paertrtee avenue up it through Townhill park ,riverside over Cobden bridge & on to the end in the common this new route looks a lot easier!
Why do they cross twice says eh will come from bitterne over the itchen bridge into the city
[quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lisa whitemore[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]befriendly[/bold] wrote: I've just heard a rumour that the city council is salivating at the thought of maybe charging 20000 runners a £1 each to cross the bridge. Just a rumour mind, but with finances as they are every penny counts.[/p][/quote]only a pound?? that surprises me!![/p][/quote]my wife found it funny they have to run across then straight back over the bridge will they get charged twice? The old route was down the Avenue down Burgess road down to Shirley along the main road to town up where the train station is through the park then down to the Itchen bridge & over it down to Paertrtee avenue up it through Townhill park ,riverside over Cobden bridge & on to the end in the common this new route looks a lot easier![/p][/quote]Why do they cross twice says eh will come from bitterne over the itchen bridge into the city southamptonadi
  • Score: 0

5:30pm Thu 15 May 14

loosehead says...

southamptonadi wrote:
loosehead wrote:
lisa whitemore wrote:
befriendly wrote:
I've just heard a rumour that the city council is salivating at the thought of maybe charging 20000 runners a £1 each to cross the bridge. Just a rumour mind, but with finances as they are every penny counts.
only a pound?? that surprises me!!
my wife found it funny they have to run across then straight back over the bridge will they get charged twice?
The old route was down the Avenue down Burgess road down to Shirley along the main road to town up where the train station is through the park then down to the Itchen bridge & over it down to Paertrtee avenue up it through Townhill park ,riverside over Cobden bridge & on to the end in the common this new route looks a lot easier!
Why do they cross twice says eh will come from bitterne over the itchen bridge into the city
the route shown in this article shows them running to the woolston side of the bridge & then straight back towards the other side?
[quote][p][bold]southamptonadi[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]loosehead[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]lisa whitemore[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]befriendly[/bold] wrote: I've just heard a rumour that the city council is salivating at the thought of maybe charging 20000 runners a £1 each to cross the bridge. Just a rumour mind, but with finances as they are every penny counts.[/p][/quote]only a pound?? that surprises me!![/p][/quote]my wife found it funny they have to run across then straight back over the bridge will they get charged twice? The old route was down the Avenue down Burgess road down to Shirley along the main road to town up where the train station is through the park then down to the Itchen bridge & over it down to Paertrtee avenue up it through Townhill park ,riverside over Cobden bridge & on to the end in the common this new route looks a lot easier![/p][/quote]Why do they cross twice says eh will come from bitterne over the itchen bridge into the city[/p][/quote]the route shown in this article shows them running to the woolston side of the bridge & then straight back towards the other side? loosehead
  • Score: 0

4:04pm Wed 21 May 14

lowe esteem says...

vangobbel wrote:
More Traffic chaos.
Not if you all get healthy, perhaps?
[quote][p][bold]vangobbel[/bold] wrote: More Traffic chaos.[/p][/quote]Not if you all get healthy, perhaps? lowe esteem
  • Score: 0

4:27pm Wed 21 May 14

lowe esteem says...

As many have previously pointed out, there was a Marathon and Half Marathon event in this City, and there are many veterans of both, like me, still alive. The City fathers kicked this event, along with the original Great South Run into touch right in the middle of the obesity crisis. So right on, who wants to take the credit?
This route takes in quite a lot of the 'old' one, makes mention of the parks, but seems to carefully sidestep these, I smell a gravy train.
Suggest you walk before you run (organisers not competitors) and build your race up. The main roads/ twenty thousand entries looks a bit ambitious and flash to me, on London Marathon day, bit like me saying i'm gonna beat Mo Farah really, but then I'm just an old cynic who runs.
As many have previously pointed out, there was a Marathon and Half Marathon event in this City, and there are many veterans of both, like me, still alive. The City fathers kicked this event, along with the original Great South Run into touch right in the middle of the obesity crisis. So right on, who wants to take the credit? This route takes in quite a lot of the 'old' one, makes mention of the parks, but seems to carefully sidestep these, I smell a gravy train. Suggest you walk before you run (organisers not competitors) and build your race up. The main roads/ twenty thousand entries looks a bit ambitious and flash to me, on London Marathon day, bit like me saying i'm gonna beat Mo Farah really, but then I'm just an old cynic who runs. lowe esteem
  • Score: 0

4:32pm Wed 21 May 14

lowe esteem says...

lowe esteem wrote:
As many have previously pointed out, there was a Marathon and Half Marathon event in this City, and there are many veterans of both, like me, still alive. The City fathers kicked this event, along with the original Great South Run into touch right in the middle of the obesity crisis. So right on, who wants to take the credit?
This route takes in quite a lot of the 'old' one, makes mention of the parks, but seems to carefully sidestep these, I smell a gravy train.
Suggest you walk before you run (organisers not competitors) and build your race up. The main roads/ twenty thousand entries looks a bit ambitious and flash to me, on London Marathon day, bit like me saying i'm gonna beat Mo Farah really, but then I'm just an old cynic who runs.
Not many Half-marathon PB's here either if it's 13.2 miles, that little bit more will count, along with the hilly route.
[quote][p][bold]lowe esteem[/bold] wrote: As many have previously pointed out, there was a Marathon and Half Marathon event in this City, and there are many veterans of both, like me, still alive. The City fathers kicked this event, along with the original Great South Run into touch right in the middle of the obesity crisis. So right on, who wants to take the credit? This route takes in quite a lot of the 'old' one, makes mention of the parks, but seems to carefully sidestep these, I smell a gravy train. Suggest you walk before you run (organisers not competitors) and build your race up. The main roads/ twenty thousand entries looks a bit ambitious and flash to me, on London Marathon day, bit like me saying i'm gonna beat Mo Farah really, but then I'm just an old cynic who runs.[/p][/quote]Not many Half-marathon PB's here either if it's 13.2 miles, that little bit more will count, along with the hilly route. lowe esteem
  • Score: 0

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