There are just three days until the 2018 Shrewsbury Half Marathon. A historic route featuring the legendary Wyle Cop, race pacers and a custom-designed medal are a few of the delights on offer.
The market town of Shrewsbury is the location for a weekend of running beginning with the Shropshire Primary Schools Challenge on Saturday followed by the Half Marathon on Sunday. Also taking place is the Corporate Challenge. Open to teams of up to a maximum of five runners this event is an ideal opportunity to promote the benefits of a healthy work-life balance while competing against other businesses/business owners.
For any runner who is a history enthusiast, Shrewsbury contains more than 600 listed buildings including the Castle and Abbey. It was a Royalist stronghold during the English Civil War and also the birthplace of Charles Darwin who was educated at Shrewsbury School.
The race route is a combination of urban and rural: it starts at the Shropshire County Showground then heads out along the river and through the town on narrow streets, passing black and white timber framed buildings and alleyways. Then into the countryside and stunning views of Lyth Hill and other areas of interest before turning back towards the town and the finish at the Showground.
There is a generous prize list courtesy of retail partner Up & Running with a trophy and champagne for the first man and lady; trophies for the second and third male and female and vouchers for age category winners. Every finisher will be presented with a bespoke medal, technical T-shirt and a much-needed drink and banana.