Southampton Marathon Steps Forward As London 2021 Event Postponed

With news of London Marathon 2021 postponing, Southampton Marathon steps forward for an alternative event for UK runners. Held on the same day as the London event for the past 5 years, Southampton Marathon, organised by Rees Leisure, is set to still host their marathon event on 25 April 2021.

Since launching in 2015, the Southampton Marathon event generates over £1.3m for the local economy each year and runners have raised over £1m for charities with 10,000 runners registering each year.

Business Development Director of Rees Leisure, Chris Rees, says, “The London Marathon attracts over 40,000 runners each year, many of which are international so there could be challenges around people flying in and potentially needing to quarantine. Our ABP Southampton Marathon will go ahead as planned and we hope that the UK runners will consider the atmospheric ABP Southampton Marathon in April as a great alternative.” Rees continues, “With so many people taking up running through the recent lockdown and the positive steps we’re seeing towards Coronavirus precautions including vaccinations, we look forward to hosting the event and welcoming even more participants in 2021.”

Southampton Marathon is taking place on Sunday 25 April 2021 along with a half marathon, 10k run and fun run. Registration for all events is at


Notes to the editor

Rees Leisure is a leisure management company based in Hampshire, UK. Founded in 2004, Rees Leisure manages Southampton Marathon, Winchester Half Marathon, Wessex Swim Schools, Try Tri Events, Southampton Sailing Week and Southampton Sporterium.

For all media enquiries please contact Kerri L Watt on 07934 877 206 or

For more information on the Southampton Marathon event or Rees Leisure please contact Chris Rees of Rees Leisure on 02380 010864 or or visit


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