Organisers Marafun defend date of Southampton half-marathon which is same day as 2015 London Marathon

The launch of the Southampton half-marathon

The launch of the Southampton half-marathon

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THE organisers of Southampton’s first half-marathon have defended holding the event on the same day as the London Marathon.

As revealed in the Daily Echo yesterday the city will host the landmark event on April 26 next year. Up to 20,000 people are expected to take part in the event, which will see thousands of runners start off in Hoglands Park and make their way past some of the city’s most historic sites on the 13.2 mile course.

But organisers have been forced to defend its timing as it is set to go ahead on the same day as the annual London Marathon.

One of the organisers, Ben Cook from TryTri events, said the date was set before that of the London showpiece was announced. He said: “This has been in the pipeline for seven months and we have been involved in communication for all that time with the city council.

“We talked about changing the date but there could be 100,000 people who applied to do the London Marathon and won’t be able to do it and will have the date saved. It could boost numbers.”

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10:40am Thu 15 May 14

townieboy says...

If there not shutting southampton for cyclists now its joggers. Why cant all events be organised in and around th common ?
If there not shutting southampton for cyclists now its joggers. Why cant all events be organised in and around th common ? townieboy
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10:52am Thu 15 May 14

THEKILLER says...

Does Southampton ever get anything right!!!
Does Southampton ever get anything right!!! THEKILLER
  • Score: -9

11:16am Thu 15 May 14

Block41row0sfc says...

Take it you to are fat and won't be attending.
Take it you to are fat and won't be attending. Block41row0sfc
  • Score: 14

12:11pm Thu 15 May 14

elvisimo says...

Block41row0sfc wrote:
Take it you to are fat and won't be attending.
yep lets leave the city centre free so patrons of McDonalds can waddle around unhindered.
[quote][p][bold]Block41row0sfc[/bold] wrote: Take it you to are fat and won't be attending.[/p][/quote]yep lets leave the city centre free so patrons of McDonalds can waddle around unhindered. elvisimo
  • Score: 7

12:40pm Thu 15 May 14

camerajuan says...

Anyone who has a beef with this or any other type of sporting event - Have a look at London. The marathon creates mass closure around one of the biggest cities on the planet. People know about it, so they stay clear of London that day as it will be manic. See New York, Berlin, Boston et al.

Shut up and stop moaning about something that will only affect you if you let it.
Anyone who has a beef with this or any other type of sporting event - Have a look at London. The marathon creates mass closure around one of the biggest cities on the planet. People know about it, so they stay clear of London that day as it will be manic. See New York, Berlin, Boston et al. Shut up and stop moaning about something that will only affect you if you let it. camerajuan
  • Score: 16

1:00pm Thu 15 May 14

SFC4EVA says...

Excellent news for Southampton and even if the date clash was a mistake, what a great mistake. All the people that do not get into the London Marathon will no doubt be looking for something else to do that day so could have a great knock on effect! If this race takes off and becomes an annual event in the city, well done to the organisers! As for the moaners, it's not like you've not been warned of closures in advance so get back in your box!

I'm not a runner but whole-heartedly support this and any other event (sporting or not) that brings people and money to the city......all I ask is that it is properly planned and run.
Excellent news for Southampton and even if the date clash was a mistake, what a great mistake. All the people that do not get into the London Marathon will no doubt be looking for something else to do that day so could have a great knock on effect! If this race takes off and becomes an annual event in the city, well done to the organisers! As for the moaners, it's not like you've not been warned of closures in advance so get back in your box! I'm not a runner but whole-heartedly support this and any other event (sporting or not) that brings people and money to the city......all I ask is that it is properly planned and run. SFC4EVA
  • Score: 10

1:02pm Thu 15 May 14

townieboy says...

elvisimo wrote:
Block41row0sfc wrote: Take it you to are fat and won't be attending.
yep lets leave the city centre free so patrons of McDonalds can waddle around unhindered.
Do only fat non jogging people go in McDonalds then ?
[quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Block41row0sfc[/bold] wrote: Take it you to are fat and won't be attending.[/p][/quote]yep lets leave the city centre free so patrons of McDonalds can waddle around unhindered.[/p][/quote]Do only fat non jogging people go in McDonalds then ? townieboy
  • Score: 0

1:20pm Thu 15 May 14

acid drop says...

townieboy wrote:
elvisimo wrote:
Block41row0sfc wrote: Take it you to are fat and won't be attending.
yep lets leave the city centre free so patrons of McDonalds can waddle around unhindered.
Do only fat non jogging people go in McDonalds then ?
I normally jog to McDonalds and waddle back home
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]elvisimo[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Block41row0sfc[/bold] wrote: Take it you to are fat and won't be attending.[/p][/quote]yep lets leave the city centre free so patrons of McDonalds can waddle around unhindered.[/p][/quote]Do only fat non jogging people go in McDonalds then ?[/p][/quote]I normally jog to McDonalds and waddle back home acid drop
  • Score: 4

1:36pm Thu 15 May 14

100%HANTSBOY says...

townieboy wrote:
If there not shutting southampton for cyclists now its joggers. Why cant all events be organised in and around th common ?
We need to do everything we can to put Southampton back on the map, I work all over the country, and when I say where I'm from, I sometimes get "where's that? "... and I normally say near Portsmouth, which is a place known by all....this makes me angry as our great city has massive potential to be the most well known place in this part of the world!
Let's stop the moaning and support these type of events, after all, it's only a few days a year of disruption.
[quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: If there not shutting southampton for cyclists now its joggers. Why cant all events be organised in and around th common ?[/p][/quote]We need to do everything we can to put Southampton back on the map, I work all over the country, and when I say where I'm from, I sometimes get "where's that? "... and I normally say near Portsmouth, which is a place known by all....this makes me angry as our great city has massive potential to be the most well known place in this part of the world! Let's stop the moaning and support these type of events, after all, it's only a few days a year of disruption. 100%HANTSBOY
  • Score: 4

4:18pm Thu 15 May 14

IronLady2010 says...

100%HANTSBOY wrote:
townieboy wrote:
If there not shutting southampton for cyclists now its joggers. Why cant all events be organised in and around th common ?
We need to do everything we can to put Southampton back on the map, I work all over the country, and when I say where I'm from, I sometimes get "where's that? "... and I normally say near Portsmouth, which is a place known by all....this makes me angry as our great city has massive potential to be the most well known place in this part of the world!
Let's stop the moaning and support these type of events, after all, it's only a few days a year of disruption.
Don't be daft.

The keyboard warriors need a good moan!
[quote][p][bold]100%HANTSBOY[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]townieboy[/bold] wrote: If there not shutting southampton for cyclists now its joggers. Why cant all events be organised in and around th common ?[/p][/quote]We need to do everything we can to put Southampton back on the map, I work all over the country, and when I say where I'm from, I sometimes get "where's that? "... and I normally say near Portsmouth, which is a place known by all....this makes me angry as our great city has massive potential to be the most well known place in this part of the world! Let's stop the moaning and support these type of events, after all, it's only a few days a year of disruption.[/p][/quote]Don't be daft. The keyboard warriors need a good moan! IronLady2010
  • Score: 3

7:14pm Thu 15 May 14

TonyBunday says...

Southampton should have a marathon/half marathon. Well done for putting one on. Much better to be running in or supporting this one than watching London on the TV! Surely! Southampton needs MORE quality events like other Cities. Not less. too long we have been poor relations in this respect. Anyone out there agree with this?
Southampton should have a marathon/half marathon. Well done for putting one on. Much better to be running in or supporting this one than watching London on the TV! Surely! Southampton needs MORE quality events like other Cities. Not less. too long we have been poor relations in this respect. Anyone out there agree with this? TonyBunday
  • Score: 1

9:06am Sat 17 May 14

bony tony says...

YES I agree. We have had a few running events around the city but most have gone mainly due to cost or the lack of enough support like the Two saint's a lovely run for the homeless.
Now this how wonderful and about time I have often imagined a route around the fair city so I will be doing this for sure.
We did have a marathon once in the 80's but I was to drunk in them days to notice.
YES I agree. We have had a few running events around the city but most have gone mainly due to cost or the lack of enough support like the Two saint's a lovely run for the homeless. Now this how wonderful and about time I have often imagined a route around the fair city so I will be doing this for sure. We did have a marathon once in the 80's but I was to drunk in them days to notice. bony tony
  • Score: 0

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