TIME is running out for Hampshire runners to register for this years’ ABP Southampton Marathon.

Southampton runners have until Sunday to apply for their space in this year’S events.

The deadline was originally in place for April 10, but was brought forward due to a rapid uptake of places.

This year’s event, which will take place on May 5, is expected to sell-out, with 10,000 runners pounding the streets, and 30,000 spectators expected to cheer them on.

Nikki Rees, managing director for the ABP Southampton Marathon, Half Marathon and 10k, said “We can’t wait until Sunday, May 5t o see the city come together again to support so many runners in their achievements.

“The excitement and energy around the course is amazing with people travelling from all over the country to cheer on loved ones.

“If you haven’t signed up already, time is running out fast, so come along and feel the support of Southampton.”

Many entrants will be aiming for personal best times at the run, which will be run over the same course as the 2018 event.

The race route takes in Itchen Bridge, Weston Shore, St Mary’s, Riverside Park and Southampton Common.

New for this year will be a stage on the east side of the Itchen Bridge to “encourage and motivate” the runners.

There will also be “cheer points” along the route including Naomi House’s bus in the city centre, Macmillan Cancer Support in Riverside Park, and Southampton Hospital Charity on the common.

Toilets will be placed at each water station along the course.

In addition to the marathon, there will be a half-marathon, a 10k and a children’s fun run.

All races will start and finish in the city centre, with the course taking runners past iconic city landmarks including the Bargate, the Itchen Bridge, Weston Shore, Riverside Park and the Common, before finishing by the Guildhall.

The race is fully chip-timed and all finishers receive a medal and t-shirt.

Sign up to enter at www.abpsouthamptonmarathon.co.uk