NFU Mutual – provider of race day marquees

Stratford-based insurer NFU Mutual is proud to be a longstanding supporter of the Shakespeare Marathon.

About NFU Mutual: NFU Mutual offers a wide range of products, including general insurance, life, pensions, and investments. These products and services are delivered through our network of NFU Mutual Agent offices, as well as through our direct sales and service centres. With 300 local businesses located in rural towns and villages throughout the UK, NFU Mutual has become part of the fabric of rural life and remains committed to serving the needs of our members nationwide.

NFU Mutual is proud to deliver more than simply insurance. Making farming safer, supporting rural initiatives across the UK and helping to look after the environment are just some of the ways we do that. To find out more about everything we do to support our communities, visit https://www.nfumutual.co.uk/about-us/responsible-business

LISTERS – provider of race day support vehicles

Respecting our customers and providing complete satisfaction has been at the heart of our business for over 35 years, and we see no reason to change now.

It’s why so many of our customers keep coming back, and why many of the world’s most respected automotive brands trust us. But don’t just take our word for it.


Shakespeare Martineau – sponsor of medals and race numbers

Over the past 50 years, Shakespeare Martineau has become firmly established as one of the most respected and progressive legal practices in the Midlands. If you have a matter you would like to discuss, please see our website for more information.

Any one of our partners will be delighted to arrange an initial consultation meeting.

CALA Homes – event support

Offering stylish 2 to 5 bedroom homes, this brand new village community transforms the former RAF Long Marston airfield, where the timeless beauty of the open countryside meets the comforts of a contemporary lifestyle.

Cala at Fernleigh Park is a relaxed way of life with 52 acres dedicated to green open spaces and outdoor amenities including nature trails, allotments, a community orchard, woods and play parks. Just 5 miles from Stratford-Upon-Avon and within easy reach of Birmingham and the Cotswolds.

Join the growing community and move to your dream home at Fernleigh Park. www.tinyurl.com/Fernleigh-Park

Azzurri Group – restaurant partner

Zizzi, located on Sheep Street and next to the theatre, has been serving up great Italian food with a twist for nearly 10 years in Stratford Upon Avon. So whether you’re looking for that night before carb loading meal, or that post race celebration with your friends then Zizzi will look after you. We’re delighted to be supporting all the runners smash their goals on the day and hope to see you at some point over the race weekend.

Visit https://www.azzurrigroup.co.uk for more information.

Coventry Runner – sponsor of winners’ prizes

Coventry Runner is an independent specialist running shop located in the Radford area of Coventry, to the north of the city centre, and Burnaby Road has been our home for the last 12 years. Our experienced and knowledgeable staff welcome runners of all ages and abilities, from those who are training for their next marathon right through to those who are just starting out on their exciting running journey.

So if you’re looking for the perfect trainers and comfortable running kit ready for running in Shakespeare Half or Full Marathon, we can help.

One of the questions many people ask is about wearing headphones in races which UK Athletics rules prevent. We stock Aftershockz, the only official headphone chosen and race approved by England Athletics since the open ear design allows hearing both music, traffic, and race marshalls instructions which is vital for running on the road.

Visit our Coventry Runner website or our shop to find out more.

Stratford Herald – media partner

The Stratford–Upon-Avon Herald has been bringing the news to the town and its community since 1860.

Our writers work day in day out to keep our readers informed about the topics that matter most to them and get to issues at the heart of the community.

Our journalists live in and care about the areas they cover and seek to hold authorities to account, challenge ideas, uphold an open justice system as well as cover the lighter side of life and attend community events and write entertaining real-life features.

We produce a weekly newspaper as well as a 24/7 website updated daily each and every day of the year. We also offer an ad-lite mobile and tablet app for subscribers and we are on a range of social media platforms including Facebook and Twitter.

We are proud to live and work in our communities and hold ourselves to the highest standards of journalism.

Fire & Earth – provider of sports massage

Every month we help hundreds of sports and non sports clients get back to full fitness using a variety of soft tissue techniques and exercise therapy plans. If you are suffering with pain, discomfort or general tension we can help. You may have a sports injury that’s occurred recently or a long time ago, either way our team of highly qualified therapists will aim to get you back doing what you love as soon as possible.

DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford upon Avon – hotel partner

Our 4 star hotel in Stratford-Upon-Avon

Among Stratford-Upon-Avon’s Shakespeare-inspired tearooms, cobbled streets, medieval tours and leafy landscapes sits the DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-Upon-Avon Hotel, a suitably idyllic spot to put your feet up after a day’s adventuring.

Our hotel is central to Shakespearean sights in Stratford-upon-Avon, a 10-minute walk from the Royal Shakespeare Theatre. We’re next to the train station and easy to reach by the M40. Relax in our garden and browse city center shops less than a mile away. Every stay starts with our signature warm chocolate chip cookie.

The Stratford sits in the heart of The Bard’s old haunt, an unmistakably Tudor town with a thriving art scene and heaps to see and do. Fun-lovers, romantic breakers, families and business trippers – there’s something to make sure everyone has an unforgettable visit.

A charming oasis of style and sophistication, the DoubleTree by Hilton Stratford-Upon-Avon can’t wait to welcome you.


At idverde, we are proud to be Europe’s leading provider of grounds maintenance services and landscape construction projects, with over 5,000 colleagues collaboratively working across the UK and Europe. We offer a unique range of services across both the public and private sector; this would not be possible without each and every colleague doing what they do individually and as teams at our many locations.

We know there is no shortage of great ideas and enthusiasm for such projects in our communities, but a lack of cash can prevent great ideas from reaching their potential. That’s why idverde launched its Community Investment Fund, which grants up to £40,000 per year to support community-led projects in the areas where we work. Funding can be granted for a variety of projects and activities, including promotion, marketing, and education, as well as practical equipment and running costs. The fund is open for applications from formally constituted, not-for-profit groups, such as charities, volunteer groups, forums, sports teams, societies and schools.

Grenfell James Associates

At Grenfell James Associates, we like to get to know our clients. Aiming to help, solve problems, recommend solutions and simplify the complexity accountancy can bring to a business. As an established firm of accountants and business advisors we work with businesses of all sizes and age. Understanding our clients needs, is at the heart of everything we do. Please visit our website for enquiries and further information.

Contact us on 01789 294484 or visit our website for more information. We are located at 13, The Courtyard, Timothys Bridge Road, Warwickshire, CV37 9NP.

Holiday Cottages

Holidaycottages.co.uk offers over 7000 hand-picked holiday cottages across the UK, including a selection in Stratford-upon-Avon and across the Cotswolds. Each holiday cottage has been personally inspected by an expert property manager and promises a great location, quality and comfort. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to stay during the marathon or are planning a staycation elsewhere in the UK, our range of cottages caters for every kind of break, and includes romantic cottages, holiday homes for large groups, dog-friendly cottages and places to stay suitable for the whole family. They’re also packed with features so you feel like you’re staying in a home-from-home, including open fires, en-suite bathrooms, spacious gardens and even hot tubs.

Travis Perkins

Whether you’re looking for tools or timber for a one-off job, or a large number of building materials for a big project, you’ll find everything you need all in one place.

Across many categories we have tools and materials ranging from products suitable for landscaping and gardening projects to interior decorating, joinery, bathrooms, kitchens and so much more. Visit us at Maybrook Industrial Estate, Maybrook Road, Stratford upon Avon CV37 0BT or follow our link to quickly discover all the tools and materials you need.  www.travisperkins.co.uk