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Going the extra mile with UoS - ABP Marathon 2023

Published: 16 March 2023
UoS staff taking part in the run
Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise staff running in memory of Laura Lee.

Colleagues from across the University are participating in next month’s ABP Southampton Marathon, running distances from 5km to full marathon, and raising money for a range of charitable causes close to their hearts.

These inspiring acts come as the University is announced as the new Culture Partner for the hugely popular race event, which attracts 10,000 runners into the city and three times that number including their friends and family, and people lining the route.

Chris Rees, director of Rees Leisure who organise the event, said: “We are absolutely delighted to welcome the University as the newly created Culture Partner. The category brings a new dimension to the event and firmly puts sport at the front and centre of Southampton’s cultural offering.

"The event attracts tens of thousands of people including the competitors, their friends and family, and people lining the route, and the University has a big presence this year.

"Not only is John Hansard Gallery the race headquarters, but the marathon itself winds its way through the University’s Highfield campus before reaching The Common and then heads onwards towards the home straight.”

Listen to colleagues’ stories about why they are taking part on Sunday 2 April, and what their chosen charities mean to them, in the video below:


If you feel able, and would like to contribute towards our colleagues’ fundraising efforts, you can do so via the following links:

Careers, Employability and Student Enterprise raising money for Victoria’s Promise in memory of Laura Lee

Southampton Sport, Early Years Centre and Student Engagement raising money for Saints Foundation

Read about Dave Hawkins, and watch a video celebration of his life, in whose memory Hawks Pacers are running

You can still sign up to take part – why not support our University and raise money to support life-saving cancer research or to give our most disadvantaged students a chance at a bright future. If you have any questions about fundraising for us, please contact our alumni volunteering team at

You can also view the route map and plan your spot to cheer on our runners, on the ABP Southampton Marathon website.

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