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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.

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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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Tickets available until Tue Apr 23 2019

What's included:

  • Medals to finishers
  • Prizes to winners of specific age categories
  • Aid and refreshment points
Marathon
9:00am Sun 28th Apr 2019

Run 26.2mi

Half Marathon
9:00am Sun 28th Apr 2019

Run 13.1mi

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4.7
33 reviews
Ed
Star
4.7
Did the Marathon 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… read more
Sally
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon 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. … read more
Andrea
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon 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 … read more
Questions
Ruth Hare
29/03/2019
Hi there, Are bone conductor headphones allowed please? What is the cut off for the half marathon please? … read more
Rosie
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 … read more
Ellie Smith
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 … read more
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Route description
Route description

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.

Ed
Star
4.7
Did the Marathon 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
Sally
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon 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.
Andrea
Star
4.3
Did the Half Marathon 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
Ian
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon 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.
Did the Marathon in 2019
It was my first marathonI fully recommend it Good organisation lots of water stations and signs with the distance
Sarah
Star
4.3
Did the Marathon 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.
Ian
Star
4.0
Did the Half Marathon 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.
Haseena
Star
4.0
Did the Marathon 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.
Kerry
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon 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!!
Zoë
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon 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.
Christophe
Star
4.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Great race, I recommend. The marshals are very helpful and cheerful, especially the second loop for the marathon. I just think they could propose food and/or gels at the aid station for the marathoner on the second loop and block more cars on the course.
Jeff
Star
4.7
Did the Marathon in 2019
Well organised, Marshall's were fantastic BIG THANKS to all good steady course. Thanks for making my first marathon an enjoyable experience.
Teresa
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Highly recommend! Beautiful course with great scenarios. Brilliant volunteers. Atmosphere fantastic.
Emma
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Fantastic event with brilliant marshalls! Very well organised, loads of support along the route with a great atmosphere! Gorgeous villages too! Plenty of drinks, loos, sweets and brilliant start and finish area. Loved the group warm up exercises too! Would recommend it and would definitely do it again!
Elizabeth
Star
4.7
Did the Marathon in 2019
Really enjoyed it, nice course would recommend it water stations volunteers were a bit messy in places this could be improved but overall really enjoyed the run.
Si
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
one of the best I have been to. Very good atmosphere and lots of happy friendly people to chat to.
Steve
Star
4.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
All good, except the part of the course along the old railway and especially the very narrow path back alongside the main road in the last mile- too narrow, low branches etc.
Helen
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
A lovely scenic course with plenty of toilet and water station stops. It was well organised and had a great atmosphere.
John
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The Shakespeare half marathon was amazing , a fantastic course from start to finish through beautiful countryside, the organisation was fantastic the marshals and the support was superb John Longstaff
Samuel
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
My first half marathon and throughly enjoyed it, great location, baggage collection was very well organised, thanks to the local sea cadets. I can't wait for next year to come run so I can run it again, I might even be ready for the full marathon by then.
Natalie
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Amazing atmosphere , course , drink and w c stations! Only critique Id make is the plastic and water in the bottles wasted , I think the bottles should be half the size personally as a lot were thrown half full or more or the ground . Also more bins for people like myself who wanted to dispose of these properly
Alison
Star
3.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Plastic bottles totally unacceptable these days, the wastage was excessive Nice traffic free courseMany many Marshalls Not much support on course but no fault of the organisers Need signs from the various car parks to the start /finish areas as this was not evident at all
Alex
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Is fantastic I can't miss next year again And I believe next year going to be best time. People just have to training to make show going to be good.
Sarah
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
Absolutely loved this Race top support from marshals and all the people manning the water stations
Julian
Star
5.0
Did the Marathon in 2019
Absolutely fantastic set up, fantastic atmosphere. Just a shame you do not get free t shirt to go with medal like majority of other events. .
Christina
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
It was super fun. compared to last year, the weather was nicely cloudy, which was awesome for running. looking forward to doing it again next year.
Robin
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
The event was well organized and very informative. It was nice and flat with a few inclines but nothing too worry about, plenty of motivation from the Marshall's and spectators, will definitely be taking part in this event again and will recommend this to anyone who's thinking about taking part.
Bev
Star
4.3
Did the Marathon in 2019
Wonderful., low key ,smallish event. My first time doing this Marathon. Really nice course, although it is virtually two half marathon laps. Couple of slightly gruelling hills but anyone who trains on hill would have no trouble. Organisation friendly and efficient and quick to answer queries. Free hot/cold drink at the finish and welcome variety of refreshments. I did enquire about pacers (none) and actually I can imagine that such a relatively small event would struggle to run (excuse the pun!) to that luxury. I can imagine that runners would return year after year to this one!
Laura
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
First time running Stratford Half today, I've got to say I've ran lot of halves and this one will definitely go down as one as my favourites. Beautifully scenic course with lots of support along the way, plenty of water stations, friendly Marshall's, not too many hills and great organisation all round. Will definitely be back again.
Sue
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
This was my first half. What an awesome experience. Thank you so much to the organisers and the brilliant marshals for keeping us going. Highly recommend this event
Tim
Star
5.0
Did the Half Marathon in 2019
First time taking part in this race and despite the negative comments its prior I really enjoyed it. Course was great, support amazing and the medal is stunning. Only negative, despite the warnings about ear phones lots of people were still using them. Considering it was made clear that they should not be used.
Ruth
Star
4.0
Did the Marathon in 2018
Loved it. Mainly flat, but a couple of climbs. Great atmosphere!
Lynn
Star
4.7
Did the Half Marathon in 2018
Wish I knew the hills were there!!!
4.7
33 reviews
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Logistics and schedule

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.

Spectators

All spectators are welcome. With so many things to do and see in Stratford-On-Avon, why not make a weekend out of it!

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.uk

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Ruth Hare
29/03/2019
Hi there, Are bone conductor headphones allowed please? What is the cut off for the half marathon please?
Steph Ede
Steph Ede
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
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
Steph Ede
Steph Ede
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
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
Steph Ede
Steph Ede
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 - [email protected]
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Marathon
9:00am Sun 28th Apr 2019
Half Marathon
9:00am Sun 28th Apr 2019
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