Southampton 10k, Half & Full Marathon

Sunday 2nd April 2023

Join our team!

Would you like to support the work of Communicare by taking on a running (or walking) challenge? The Southampton Marathon event (which encompasses a 10km, half marathon and full marathon) takes place on Sunday 2nd April 2023, and we’re looking for more runners to join our team!

By signing up to one of Communicare’s charity places you will be taking part in one of the best running events in the South, whilst raising funds to help our work with lonely and isolated people within Southampton.

We ask for just £10 to register for one of our charity places, with a commitment to fundraise at least £50 for the 10km and half marathon distances or £60 for the full marathon.

What to expect from #TeamCommSoton

In joining our running team, you’ll get one of Communicare’s charity places for the event, a Communicare technical t-shirt to wear on race day and loads of support – both before the event in terms of fundraising and training, but also on the day from our volunteers and supporters who will be at cheering points around the route.

If you’ve already signed up to run in the event, you can still support our work, please get in touch and we’ll tell you more about how your run can make a difference to Communicare.

If you feel daunted by these distances or are more of a walker, please don’t be put off! As well as offering a fast race for those wanting to push themselves, the 10k event offers an interesting route around our city with key landmarks along the way. This would be a good distance for you to try if you would like to fundraise for us through this event – run what you can, alternate running and walking or just walk and enjoy the atmosphere!

Race supporters needed!

We know that running isn’t for everyone, but we would love to hear from you if you would like to be part of our Support Squad for the Southampton marathon event on Sunday 2nd April.

Our ‘Communibear’ costume is up for grabs if you want to make a statement and encourage our runners as they cross the Itchen bridge, or perhaps you would like to help staff our gazebo at the race village and tell people about the work of Communicare, as well as encouraging our runners before/after their event.

Maybe you’d prefer to stay out of the centre of town due to the road closures on the day, but you might like to recruit some more supporters and find a place that suits you – your front garden if you’re actually on the run route, a nice spot in the park or somewhere else along the routes (especially useful if it isn’t one of the areas which is known for being full of crowds as this is when the runners will most appreciate your support – it can be hard when it’s quiet out there!) and make a little Communicare cheer point? We’ll tell you who to look out for so that you can be spotting our amazing runners and giving them (and of course their running companions) support through clapping, cheering, singing, playing music – whatever you will enjoy. You will see the difference it makes to runners when someone calls out “Go on Imogen!” or “Great running Zara!” – it can give you a real lift and with a group it can be loads of fun too.

Maybe you have artistic talents and could make some banners, you might want to bring out an instrument, or go for good old pans to bang and things to clap. Whatever effort you put in is sure to be appreciated by those going by. We can give you information about the routes to help you plan a good cheering point.

We’d LOVE to hear from you. In our experience, this is a lovely activity whatever the age. Little ones can be hugely inspired by watching these events so don’t underestimate how much fun you can have bringing the family along to support.

Top Tips & Support

It’s so important to allow time to train well for an event.

Beginner level marathon training generally takes 16 weeks, while you should allow 12 weeks for a half marathon and 10 weeks for a 10km (assuming a reasonable level of fitness before you start).

You can download free training plans from the ABP Southampton marathon website: Download your training plan: www.southamptonmarathon.co.uk

If you have any questions, please get in touch with Bryony, who is one of Communicare’s Coordinators (events@communicareinsouthampton.org.uk). Our top tip is to allow good time to train as this can help you avoid running injuries and give you real confidence on race day. The event organisers even have training plans which you can download for free to set you up really well for a fantastic day whether you are aiming for your first marathon, a new PB or just to finish!

Fundraising

It might be daunting at first thinking about how to fundraise, but really the secret is about good communication. Your friends, family, colleagues are likely to be keen to support you when they understand 1) what you’re doing, 2) who you’re supporting and 3) why!

The first thing to do is set up a fundraising page with JustGiving. We send information about how to do this when you first sign up to run for us, please just let us know if you need this information re-sent.

Please follow the instructions to ensure that your page links directly with Communicare. This makes it really easy for your supporters to read about the charity and our work in Southampton. You can then explain more on your personal page.

Be honest with people – if you’re feeling nervous about the run, tell them – it shows that you’re human and people will want to encourage you. If they live nearby they may even come out to cheer you on on race day, or offer to run with you to help you train which can be really valuable! If you’re a more experienced runner aiming for a new PB, share this with people as they may be interested to follow you and see if you achieve it!

You can easily share the link to your fundraising page via social media, and/or emails as required to your friends, relatives and around the workplace if appropriate.

It is important to update people from time to time, so highlight some key times to send a little update (with the link again) so that people can see how you are doing towards your target and donate if they haven’t already done so.

Suggested key dates:

1) When you first sign up

2) When you start your training (still several weeks before the event which shows that you are committed and taking this seriously!)

3) Half way through your training – update people with how you’re getting on, are you enjoying it or finding it hard, are you well on track towards your fundraising target by now? If so, thank everyone who has donated so far.

4) 2 weeks before the event – most of your hard training work is done and it’s feeling real!

5) 1 week before the event – you’re planning for the day now!

6) 24 hours or the night before – What are you doing to prepare, how are you feeling?

7) After the event – with a photo that shows you did it – crossing the finish line, or afterwards with your medal.

8) It’s really nice to do a wrap up email when you’ve finished all your fundraising and update people about the total raised and thanking them.

By including the donation link every time you do one of these posts you are giving people gentle reminders to donate if they haven’t already. Those who have already donated have shown that they’re behind you and they’re likely to be interested in how you’re getting on so your updates will be welcomed.

Although our fundraising target is just a minimum of £50 (10km and half marathon distances) or £60 (full marathon distance), we recommend that you set your fundraising target higher than this, eg £100 or more. This shows your commitment not just to running at the event but also supporting the charity, and more people are likely to contribute to help you achieve it.

There are also other more creative ways that you can fundraise. They don’t always need much effort and can be really enjoyable experiences too. You could consider:

Hosting a cake sale or a coffee morning, or a drinks evening. When people come you have an opportunity to tell them about the work of Communicare which they may then choose to find out more about. We can give you information if you need! We may be able to support someone they know, or they might like to find out about volunteering with us, so this is really helpful from our perspective. Such events are lovely social opportunities which are no burden for people to support. (Cake sales are always popular, just be extremely careful to avoid nuts or other ingredients which could be dangerous to anyone with an allergy, and label your cakes well. If other people are donating cakes make sure you know of any potential allergy risks beforehand!)

Asking a local restaurant to help you with a charity fundraising dinner. If you agree a cost per person with the restaurant, then you can sell your tickets to allow for this as well as a donation per person towards your fundraising. It’s another lovely opportunity for friends and family to enjoy socializing and guaranteed generation of funds.

Asking whether your employer might match your fundraising. Not always possible or appropriate depending on your work setting, but you might be surprised at how your employer might be willing to support you.

We’d love to hear your ideas and how you are getting on and will be keen to support if we can!

Communicare's 2023 Marathon Blog

Runners raise £1,676 for us at Marathon

Runners from Southampton who ran in the ABP Southampton Marathon on Sunday (April 2, 2023) have helped raise £1,676 for us.

Our team of runners participated in the 5km and half marathon races.

A fantastic fundraiser

What a fantastic amount raised by our Communicare running team. Everyone did a fantastic job and we’re so proud of them for completing their various races and for choosing to raise money for us in the first place.

Congrats to our runners

Our runner Imogen Naegeli, who was challenged by her sister to take on the half marathon, managed an amazing time of two hours and 20 minutes and raised £578.32 for us. Kevin Sawers, who juggled his way around the route, completed the 5k in an impressive time of 32 minutes and four seconds and raised £750 in total, off and online for us.

Fantastic job

Our other wonderful fundraising runners, who did a fantastic job for us, were Naomi Gregory, Adrian Robinson, Zara Fardell, Deborah Robinson and Rebecca Beddall from the Communicare staff team.

The money raised will go a long way to furthering the work we do to help vulnerable and isolated individuals in Southampton.

Some paw-some support

It was also great to see our human sized Communibear cheering runners and lending a paw in support on the day too. We’d like to thank everyone who took the time out of their day to cheer the runners on.

Kevin to juggle his way around Southampton Marathon

Kevin Sawers from Hedge End will be juggling his way around the 5k in the ABP Southampton Marathon on April 2 to help raise money for us.

Doing his bit

He said: “My wife Bryony works for Communicare and I often hear about all the great work it does to help isolated people in need of support and friendship and I thought I would do my bit and raise some money for such a worthwhile cause as I believe no-one should be lonely.

“I was regular runner when I was younger but fell out of the habit, having only picked it up again six years ago joining the Hedge End Running Club. I decided to run the race and juggle at the same time as I can do both, but have never tried doing them together, so who knows how it will go.

Juggling training

“I have been working on building up my juggling endurance with arm strengthening exercises. I am already in a good training pattern with regards my running and I am looking forward to the challenge of combining it with juggling. I am going to be wearing a colourful jester hat, which will help people spot me along the route.

“I ran the ABP Southampton Marathon back in 2019 and completed it in a time of four hours, 11 minutes and 42 seconds as well as competing in a solo marathon in 2020, during lockdown, where I achieved a time of four hours, nine minutes and 45 seconds. I am hoping to complete the 5k this year in around 30 minutes.

Sponsor Kevin

Anyone interested in sponsoring Kevin for the race, can do so via this link.

Best of luck Kevin!

 Our Manager, Annie Clewlow, said: “As if running a marathon isn’t difficult enough, Kevin has gone one step further by deciding to juggle as he makes his way round.

“We’re over the moon Kevin has decided to take on this challenge for us and we wish him the very best of luck for the race, we’re sure there will be lots of people cheering him on, on the day and our Communicheerers will be out in force too.”

Imogen to run Southampton Marathon in aid of us

Imogen Naegeli from Southampton will be running the half marathon race in the ABP Southampton Marathon event in April (2023) in aid of us. The 21-year-old was challenged to take on the run by her sister, Chloe.

Mental and physical challenge

Imogen said: “I am really looking forward to running the half marathon race at this year’s ABP Southampton Marathon event. My sister Chloe works for the charity, so I am well aware of the fantastic work it does. I wanted to do my bit to contribute towards it.

“I’ve been running on and off for more than three years and feel it is a mental challenge as well as a physical challenge for me. I want to be able to say I’ve completed it and see improvements in my fitness levels. I can’t wait to get to the starting line!”

Sponsor Imogen

Anyone interested in sponsoring Imogen for the race, can do so here.

Can you run or walk and fundraise for us?

The ABP Southampton Marathon, which encompasses a 10km, half marathon and full marathon, takes place on Sunday, April 2, 2023. Communicare is still looking for people to run or walk and fundraise for it.

We’re delighted Imogen has decided to run for us. There is still time for others to sign up to run for us. If any confident runners are interested in a new challenge and want to get involved, they can call 023 8250 0050 or email events@communicareinsouthampton.org.uk. Why not find out more and apply?

By running or walking for our charity, you’ll be helping us beat loneliness and isolation in our city.

We ask that anyone who enters for us raises a minimum of £50 for the 10k and half marathon and £60 for the full marathon, plus a £10 registration fee. A Communicare running t-shirt and sponsorship forms will be provided. We also have tips for fundraising and there will be lots of encouragement on the day from our ‘Communicheerers’.

We’re calling for runners to complete Soton marathon in 2023

We are calling for people to run next year’s Southampton ABP Marathon, half marathon or 10k on Sunday, April 2, 2023 to help raise funds for us.

Support our vital work

We’re a good neighbours organisation, helping people across the city, and every year our amazing volunteers, who we call Communiteers, assist individuals and families with requests including befriending, transport to urgent medical appointments and essential shopping.

Anyone taking part in the Southampton ABP Marathon for us will be helping support our vital work in the city.

How to sign up

We’d love more people to sign-up to run for us. Please call 023 8250 0050 or email events@communicareinsouthampton.org.uk to find out more and to apply.

We’ll be able to send anyone who signs up to run for us, sponsorship forms and they will be able to join our group of runners who are training for the event, share tips and boost morale! We’ll also give them a Communicare running t-shirt!

Fundraising

We ask that anyone who enters for us raises a minimum of £50 for the 10k and half marathon and £60 for the full marathon and, also, pays a £10 registration fee to us. We will provide a Communicare running t-shirt, sponsorship forms and tips for fundraising, as well as support on the day including from our Communibear mascot.

So, if you, or someone you know, might be interested in a charity space with us, please get in touch or pass on our information.