Sunday 24th April 2022
Raising funds for important causes
More than a Marathon
The Rotary Shakespeare Marathon – more than a Marathon!
Whether you’re a newbie marathon runner or a more seasoned athlete looking for a personal best, The Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon offer runners much more than a great course, which is superbly marshalled and brilliantly organised. This is a chance to experience world famous Stratford-upon-Avon and to run amongst some of the most historical buildings in the country and through miles of beautiful Warwickshire countryside. You’ll enjoy a mainly flat, fast course, taking in sights such as the River Avon, Holy Trinity Church (home to the grave of William Shakespeare) and the Royal Shakespeare Theatres. You’ll run through quintessential English villages, where chocolate box thatch roof cottages, hump back bridges and pretty dry stone walls are a joy to behold.
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 (our main beneficiary founded by Rotary), Stratford Samaritans, Lifespace Trust and ESH Works. In addition to these there are multiple other charities and good causes that also benefit throughout the year.
There are plenty of places to stay for all the family so we recommend a ‘race-cation’, visit the Holiday Cottages website for hand-picked holiday cottages across Stratford-upon-Avon and the Cotswolds. We look forward to seeing you, we promise it’s more than a marathon.
Poppy Pragnall, age 12, has won the honour of designing the medal that will be handed out to 3,500 runners at the Shakespeare Marathon on 24th April 2022.
As you will no doubt be aware, standard headphones are not allowed at Shakespeare Marathon under UKA rules. So we’ve partnered with Coventry Runner who sell Aftershockz, race approved so you can still listen to your tunes and hear the race marshals.