The Shifnal Half Marathon takes a rural 13.1-mile multi-terrain route between the village churches of Shifnal, Ryton, Beckbury and Kemberton, before returning to race HQ at Idsall School Sports Centre. The race was formerly known as the Shifnal Steeplechase and follows quiet country roads, bridleways and footpaths through the Shropshire countryside.
The race will be based at Idsall School/Sports Centre which has ample facilities of car parking, changing rooms and toilets. Competitors will take a short ‘warm-up’ jog/walk to the centre of Shifnal where the race will assemble in a large car park.
The course is multi-terrain with the majority on quiet public roads, with three sections of approximately a mile along bridleways and footpaths. The start near Shifnal Church first goes through a housing estate before heading south into surrounding countryside. After two miles the route turns onto a farm track leading to a footpath up to Ryton Church at four miles. After a slight detour along roads the race arrives at Beckbury Church at six miles. At just after seven miles the route goes off-road again crossing the small River Worfe using a footbridge (or a ford if prefered!). At around eight miles is back on a quiet country road to Kemberton Church just after nine miles. At approximately 10.5 miles the route follows a footpath to mile twelve where Shifnal Church comes into sight again. The last mile is through the town and on to the finish at Idsall Sports Centre.
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