This afternoon (Wednesday 22 April) will see entries close for one of the Midlands’ best loved events, the Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon. The races, which both take place in Stradford-upon-Avon on Sunday, have been popular fixtures in the calendar for more than 30 years.
Organised by the Rotary Club of Stratford-upon-Avon, the 13.1 mile event sees participants tackle a one-lap course that contains various undulating sections. Runners start in the town centre, pass through the scenic outskirts of the town before arriving back at the finish line at the recreation ground near the centre of town.
Last year’s race attracted almost 2000 participants and saw Cirncester AC’s David Bell win a convincing time of 1:10:46, almost two minutes ahead of second place Richard Simkiss. Local runner Kate Wright took first place in the women’s competition, coming home in 1:23:21.
Like the half, the marathon is known to represent a fairly tough challenge for competitors with an undulating two-lap course. Runners line up in Church Street close to the junction with Scholars Lane and pass out of the town and into the surrounding countryside before finishing at the same point as the 13.1 mile race.
Prospective participants are encouraged to register before deadline closes at midday today: you can do so here.