Fitness Challenges 2018

Boot camps, Tough Mudders, the Great South Run. There are some fine challenges coming your way for 2018 in and around our serviced accommodation.

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ABP Southampton 1/2 Marathon


The Marathon route is an exciting mix of coast, city and parks. This route is predominantly flat, perfect for a debut marathon! This is a 2 lapped route, which means you have twice the fun and you know whats coming up.

Just like the half marathon and 10k in 2017, you’ll get the chance to run over the Itchen Bridge during your race journey.

At the top of the bridge almost 100ft up, you’ll experience a feast for the eyes with the beautiful view of the city, the River Itchen, commercial centre and out to sea towards the Isle of Wight.

There are many delights on this route including running through the huge expanse of the common, along the waters edge in Riverside Park and the premier league Saints stadium, before coming to the bridge itself and reaching a stunning finish in front of the Guildhall in the city centre on your second lap.

This event is an ideal choice for first time Marathon runners and an exciting new course for seasoned pro’s alike. We are expecting approximately 10,000 runners for this event.

A spectator friendly route, with lots of activities, coffee houses and restaurants to explore and make it a weekend away with the whole family.

And this year there is a new route about to be revealed!

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Rough Runner


Rough Runner is an obstacle event like no other. It was created to give everyone the chance to take on an obstacle challenge, and not just the super fit and mega tough! So instead of ice baths, electric shocks and barbed wire, you’ll find epic, game show-inspired obstacles along a 5km, 10km or 15km course. We cater to all levels of fitness, so you can run whatever distance suits you best!

Featuring sweeper arms inspired by Total Wipeout, hanging ladders from Ninja Warrior, and Gladiators’ legendary Travelator, the event will remind you of all those TV game shows that you always wanted to try out for yourself!

Finally, it’s a great day out for teams of runners, along with family and friends too. As well as being much more fun to take on the obstacles as a group, there is loads to do for kids and spectators. So come along, take on the challenge and make a day of it!

Abseil, The Spinnaker Tower

Experience the view from Emirates Spinnaker Tower – the stunning 170-metre icon of the South Coast and Britain’s best viewing tower.

Discover the secrets of this mosAbseiler-3-300x200t fascinating sea and landscape, with the interactive i-view interpretation screens and audio guides.

Venture across the amazing glass Sky Walk and watch the boats bobbing about in the waves below your feet, or get hands-on and navigate a course around the harbour with the rib boat simulator. Then, head up to the Sky Deck – with its open roof – to feel the bracing sea breeze.

After all that, relax with coffee, cake and the stunning views at Café in the Clouds, located 105 metres above the harbour – which has been newly refurbished for spring 2016. Alternately, head back down to terra firma and tuck into lunch at the Waterfront Café.

You’ll be joining the Town or Country role call if you take part as we have already been down it!

Park Run, Southampton

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Be part of the Saturday morning elite with Park Run, a UK wide network of short running courses designed to ease you into a marathon. Every Saturday at 0900 Southampton Common is awash of active wearing fitness gurus who just want a quick blast for the weekend.

Entry is FREE!

Gung-Ho! in Southampton

Gung ho.pngGet ready to be Gung-Ho! and run the biggest 5k in the World! Gung-Ho! is open to all, sign up to enjoy the most epic inflatable obstacles on the planet. Soapy madness, slippery silliness and just good fittness fun.

The event takes place on Southampton Common, Saturday 21st July 2018.

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