13.1 Reasons to run the Shakespeare Half Marathon

Last year, a total of 3,200 people ran The Shakespeare Marathon & Half Marathon, ranging from 18 up to 76! Out of these, 2,235 took part in the half marathon, so clearly the latter is a very popular race.

If you need some convincing, here are 13.1 reasons why you should consider running the Shakespeare Half Marathon.

  1. Go (half) the distance: Most new runners with three months of training can conquer a half marathon. There is some commitment needed, but it doesn’t have to consume your life.
  2. Stress less: If you’re new to a half marathon, participating in one on home ground first is a really good idea. Little travelling time and familiar surroundings will improve your enjoyment of the experience.
  3. Location, location, location: You’ll be running through the historic town centre of our beautiful town, starting opposite Shakespeare’s old school, taking in sights such as the River Avon, the RSC and Holy Trinity Church. You can’t say the scenery is boring!
  4. Not ready for the full monty?: Maybe a full marathon is too daunting or you didn’t allow enough time to train or perhaps injury compromised your training or your work schedule is too demanding. Whatever the reason, the half marathon is still a challenging distance and is no mean feat.
  5. Run and raise for local charity: As some elements of the Shakespeare Marathon are sponsored and it’s organised and marshalled solely by volunteers, an absolute minimum is spent on administration and facilities. You can also choose to run for your own charity of course, but you can also run for Rotary at: https://mydonate.bt.com/events/shakemarathon/386730.
  6. You get a medal! The Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon medals are iconic – Shakespeare related (of course) and super shiny!
  7. A dress rehearsal: If a marathon is on your calendar, the Shakespeare Half Marathon could be a great warm up.
  8. A speedy recovery: The half marathon is taxing, but even if you run a hard half marathon, recovery time for 13.1 miles is much shorter than the full.
  9. Risky business: Injuries are the curse of most runners at some time or other and the more you train, the higher the risk of injury. You won’t log as many miles prepping for a half marathon versus a full marathon, so risk of injury is less.
  10. Celebration time: When it’s all over, you’ll have a great excuse to raise a glass or two. Stratford is a great place to celebrate, with plenty of wine bars, local pubs and super eateries.
  11. Step it up:5K and 10K races are great entry-level distances for new runners, but stepping up to the half marathon will result in a huge improvement in running fitness due to increases in mileage and the addition of more training.
  12. Burn, baby burn: A mile generally burns about 100 calories. If you’re running 5Ks and/or 10Ks, you’re burning calories, but upping your mileage will boost your caloric burn.
  13. A running kit makeover: If you’ve been eyeing a hot new pair of trainers or stylish running gear, sign up for a half – it’ll be a great excuse to treat yourself.

13.1 The start of something big! Once you’ve conquered a half marathon, it’s almost inevitable a full marathon will beckon you to the start line. Who knows, this year half, next year the full!

A New Year, a New Challenge?

Those looking for inspiration for a new challenge for 2017 need look no further than home! Stratford Rotary’s Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon is taking place on the 7th of May 2017, and is now open for entries. See our terms of entry or go direct to the entry page. And, as training for a half marathon takes at least three months for a beginner, now is the perfect time to sign up!

Runners will enjoy a mainly flat course which starts in the centre of the town, and they will run through 26.2 miles of pretty Warwickshire villages, including Welford upon Avon and Long Marston, taking in sights such as the River Avon, the Greenway – Stratford’s disused railway path, and the Royal Shakespeare Theatres.

Cliff Armstrong, Race Director and Rotarian, said: “The Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon is now in its 36th year. It has an excellent reputation and many loyal runners enter year after year. It‘s well-known for its superb marshalling and outstanding safety record. As marathon training usually takes about three months, entrants will have plenty of time if they sign up now.”

The Shakespeare Marathon has been awarded the BARR Gold standard, reflecting the high standards achieved in every aspect of its organisation. As some elements of the event are sponsored and it is organised and marshalled solely by volunteers, an absolute minimum is spent on administration and facilities. More than half the money raised from the event goes to local charities including the Shakespeare Hospice (founded by Rotary), Stratford Samaritans, Lifespace Trust and ESH Works.

Follow us on Facebook: @OfficialShakespeareMarathon and Twitter: @Shake_Marathon for news, training tips and inspiration.

For more press information, please call Maria Graham-Martin on tel: 01789 507541/07722 563004 or e mail: Maria@mgmwritingservices.com.

Start training now for Rotary’s Shakespeare Marathon or Half Marathon

Enjoy A Race-cation in Stratford-upon-Avon!

If you’ve never run a marathon or half marathon or if you’re looking for a different race to try next year, why not choose an event which is held in a beautiful part of the UK, rich in culture and history, so that you can take a ‘race-cation?’ The Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon, taking place on 7th May 2017, in Stratford upon Avon, Warwickshire, ticks all the boxes for newbie marathon runners or experienced athletes, and is now open for entry.
Now in its 36th year, runners from all over the country take part in this event, organized by the Stratford upon Avon Rotary Club. Many return year after year, and it has become well known for its superb marshalling and outstanding safety record. It’s also a very enjoyable course to run. Runners will experience a mainly flat course which starts in the centre of the town, opposite Shakespeare’s old school, and will run through miles of pretty Warwickshire villages, taking in sights such as the River Avon, the Greenway – Stratford’s disused railway path, Holy Trinity Church (home to the grave of William Shakespeare) and the Royal Shakespeare Theatres.

And when it’s all over, there is plenty to see and do for all the family in Stratford-upon-Avon. A quintessentially pretty English town, the town is internationally renowned for being home to the world famous Royal Shakespeare Company and the Shakespeare houses: five beautifully preserved Tudor homes and gardens which are linked with William Shakespeare and his family. A stroll around the historic town, or a boat trip down the River Avon are great ways of soaking up the atmosphere of this buzzing cultural town. With its great variety of restaurants, bars and tea-rooms, foodies will be spoilt for choice with the selection of fine dining options on offer, and with weekly farmers’ markets and variety shops from independent retailers, to well-known high street names, there is something to please everyone.

There is also plenty to suit all tastes and budgets in the surrounding countryside and historic towns, from unique attractions, theatres, historic buildings, museums, galleries and stately homes to idyllic villages, cycle paths, boat trips and guided walks.

Cliff Armstrong, Race Director and Rotarian, said: “The Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon have become very popular races and the runners often compliment us on the professional organization and marshalling. Many runners bring their families and enjoy not just a great race, but the whole Stratford upon Avon experience.”

The Shakespeare Marathon has been awarded the BARR Gold standard, reflecting the high standards achieved in every aspect of its organisation. As some elements of the event are sponsored and it is organised and marshalled solely by volunteers, an absolute minimum is spent on administration and facilities. More than half the money raised from the event goes to local charities including the Shakespeare Hospice (founded by Rotary), Stratford Samaritans, Lifespace Trust and ESH Works.

Follow us on Facebook: @OfficialShakespeareMarathon and Twitter: @Shake_Marathon for news, training tips and inspiration.

For more press information, please call Maria Graham-Martin on tel: 01789 507541/07722 563004 or e mail: Maria@mgmwritingservices.com.

Rotary’s Shakespeare Marathon or Half Marathon takes place in Stratford upon Avon, where there is plenty to see and do for a weekend. It starts in the historic town centre, opposite Shakespeare’s old school.

Rotary’s Shakespeare Marathon or Half Marathon takes place in Stratford upon Avon, where there is plenty to see and do for a weekend. It starts in the historic town centre, opposite Shakespeare’s old school.