BOSSES of one of Southampton's biggest annual sporting events have extended the entry deadline.

Organisers of the ABP Southampton Marathon say they pushed back the date due to a "flood" of late entries.

The deadline was originally set for March 15.

But runners now have until March 27 to enter the race – which takes place on Sunday, April 22.

Nikki Rees from the ABP Marathon said: “We’ve been astounded by the reaction to this year’s event.

"Every year it sells out quicker and quicker and we’re doing all we can to make sure everyone who wants to run gets a place.”

After general entries close on March 27, there will be a charity exclusive sign up option, where runners can choose to run for charities such as Southampton Hospital Charity and Macmillan with a dedicated charity space.

This year's event features a 10k, half marathon and children's mile fun run as well as a full marathon.

All races start and finish in the heart of Southampton’s city centre with the run course taking in iconic local landmarks including the Bargate, Itchen Bridge, Riverside Park and the Common.

The race will finish by the Guildhall in the city centre.

To sign up visit