Rotary Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon

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Escape to the country plains of Stratford upon Avon for this unique marathon. Ideal for first timers, this predominately flat course will see you wracking up the miles in no time as you run past legendary Shakespearean sites and charming hamlets. Come for a truly British day out and memorable experience.
Participants
Marathon and Half Marathon
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Calendar
Sun, 28 Apr 2019
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Stratford-upon-Avon, United Kingdom
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4.7
(33 Reviews)
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Where and when
Location
55 Ely St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LN, UK
Start times
Sun, 28 Apr 2019
Marathon:
9:00am |
Half Marathon:
9:00am
Races summary
Here's what races are available for Rotary Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon
Marathon
Distance
26.2mi
£34.00 - £40.68
Half Marathon
Distance
13.1mi
£27.00 - £32.77
Route information
Both the Marathon and Half Marathon routes are recognised as officially measured routes of 26.2 miles and 13.1 miles respectively.
Each mile will be marked out along the route to count you down to the finish line.
The majority of the course is flat and tarmac road, making it the perfect event for those athletes wishing to complete their first ever marathon. Where the running route is off road, such as Greenway, the surface is still solid, smooth and safe to run on.
The town centre of Stratford-upon-Avon marks the start of the race and from there, you will loop around this picturesque town before heading out in an anti clockwise direction into the English countryside. Aid and refreshments stations will be positioned along the course to quench your thirst. You'll then return back in the town centre to roaring cheers from friends, family and well-wishers encouraging you along the way for those final few miles to the finish line!
Please note that those runners competing in the Full Marathon must reach Greenway North (11.84 miles) within 2 hours 25 minutes. If not, they will be re-directed to finish the Half Marathon instead. There is a cut of time of 6 hours to complete the route. If you are still on the course after this time, you will be withdrawn from the race and are subject to your own responsibility.
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What's included
  • Medals to finishers
  • Prizes to winners of specific age categories
  • Aid and refreshment points
Train
How to get there
55 Ely St, Stratford-upon-Avon CV37 6LN, UK
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**Car Parking
**Parking is available in the town near the recreation park and finish line. Look out for the entrance of Swans Nest Hotel or use the post code CV37 7LT for Sat Nav Directions. Please see the map for further details.
There are additional multi-storey paid car parks available near the event in the town centre.
Please note there will likely be delays on departure. If a speedy exit is required, we would advise using one of the additional car parks rather than the main car park near the recreation park.
Accommodation
Contact the Tourist Information Centre  01789 264293  or visit www.shakespeare-country.co.uk or www.visitstratforduponavon.co.ukExternalLink
Event day logistics
If you're travelling to the event by car, please allow 15 minutes to walk from the main car parking area (near the recreation ground) to the start area in the town centre.
Start Location - Church Street, Stratford-upon Avon Town Centre
From 7am to 9am there will be an Information Desk located near the start line, on the High Street, at the entrance of Debenhams Store.
Please note that the Information Desk will be relocated to the Main Marquee on the recreation ground once the race has started.
Race pack information
Runners packs are all sent in the post, unless an entry is from overseas or they enter after lunchtime on the 24th in which case you can collect from the Information Desk.
Please remember your chip and number, as without these you cannot participate. Make sure you number is visibly fastened to the front of your top.
Accomplished runners are advised to arrive early should they wish to secure a front spot in for the start of the race.
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Rotary Club of Stratford-upon-Avon
The Rotary Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon has been an annual event in our Rotary calendar for some 30years. It is the main fundraising event for Stratford Rotary.
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Spectator Info
All spectators are welcome. With so many things to do and see in Stratford-On-Avon, why not make a weekend out of it!
Backpack
Kit List
Your most comfortable running gear!
Reviews
4.7
33 reviews
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4.7
Did the race in 2019
Great day at the shakespeare marathon, lovely place to start and a great course going out into the countryside. Lots of water points and supporters out to help us round, everyone had a good day. Thanks
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4.0
Did the race in 2019
This was the first time I had run in either of the Rotary Shakespeare races. It is a nice course through a beautiful town, beautiful villages and beautiful countryside, the organisation is good, the Marshal's are fantastic, there are loads of water stations and toilets along the route and the supporters are wonderful. I had signed up for the Marathon but I didn't make the cut off time - 11.9 miles in 2hrs 25 minutes. It is a rigorously enforced cut off - all fine but I think you really do need to be aware when you enter so that you know what you are up against. For my first marathon I would have been better, I think, starting off more slowly and running a steady consistent pace: this race means you race in the completely opposite way. As it was although I didn't make the cut off I was running at a pace that meant I had A PB in the Half Marathon - so not all bad! I enjoyed the route but it is not flat. I quite like hills and there are a few hills /inclines with a long incline at 8/18 ish miles. Again not a problem but I think runners need to be aware. I had read in previous reviews that the Greenway was tough. This year there were plenty of water stations and support and I enjoyed it (Greenway North) . However, it is quite a rough surface especially when you are tired. I did trip and fall so take care. I was really well looked after when I fell: other runners were really kind, the Marshal's were on the case and the St John's Ambulance personnel were quickly with me and brilliant and I finished! This is a great race for your first Half-Marathon but there are definitely pros and cons if it is your first Marathon. If you are confident you can make the cut off it is fine. The advantage is that even if you can't make the Marathon you simply swap one fabulous medal for a slightly different fabulous medal.
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4.3
Did the race in 2019
Really like the course much more support than I was expecting, lots of water stations just thinking of the environment too many plastic bottle so alternative? Like the medal, would loved a goodie bag and a T shirt makes all the hard work worth it, would also been great with timer runners as its a good course for a PB definitely do it again
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5.0
Did the race in 2019
A very scenic and well organised race. The Marshalls were very friendly.Only slight down side for me was the last bit of the run that took you on a busy road with no room to overtake slower runners. Having said that, the rest of the course was challenging and enjoyable.In my opinion, one of the best runs ive been on. I was so impressed with the organisation and ease of parkung etc that i am seriously considering running this next year. Well done.
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5.0
Did the race in 2019
It was my first marathonI fully recommend it Good organisation lots of water stations and signs with the distance
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4.3
Did the race in 2019
Great close to home race. Did not really feel like two laps. Plenty of water stations and some support although route along a lot of rural roads. Some great scenery and good to start in the heart of Stratford.
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4.0
Did the race in 2019
This is my fifth year doing this course. I like it as it takes you on a countryside run. The event isn't too big that it loses its own personality and if the weather is good can make for a great day out.
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4.0
Did the race in 2019
If you are entering the marathon check your time during training that you can do half in 2hours 25mins. Otherwise they close off the marathon 2nd lap. Was unfair for those who have trained for the marathon to have not had the chance to complete the full especially if it is your first one.
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5.0
Did the race in 2019
I ran this marathon as my first, it was very well organised. The Marshalls were fantastic, lots of water stations and toilets along the way. The free massage at the end was amazing!!
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5.0
Did the race in 2019
This was the first Half Marathon I have done, it was a great course to begin on as it was relatively flat. There was a great atmosphere with plenty of support from the locals which kept me going. I would happy do it again.
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Recent Questions
Ruth Hare
29/03/2019
Hi there, Are bone conductor headphones allowed please? What is the cut off for the half marathon please?
Stephy Dennis
29/03/2019
Hi there! Bone conductor headphones are allowed and the cut-off time for the half marathon is 3 hours. Good luck!
Rosie
09/04/2019
I have booked to do Shakespeare run on 28 April just wondered when we will receive information through as it will be my first half marathon and I am now getting quite nervous
Stephy Dennis
09/04/2019
Hi there. just to let you know that you will receive your race pack about 10 days before the event. This will contain all of the information you will need for racer day
Ellie Smith
23/04/2019
Hi I have sent in a transfer letter but not heard anything back yet. Slightly concerned as meant to be running this weekend
Stephy Dennis
23/04/2019
Hi there. Thanks for getting in touch. If you ping our customer support team an email they will be happy to help - support@letsdothis.com
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