Rotary Shakespeare Marathon

Run this before

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23/01/2013 at 17:08

Forgetting last year - who has run this before and any chance of course info please?

 Thanks in advance,


23/01/2013 at 20:49

The course is mostly flat with a few minor inclines and one hill (the descent can just as hard as the ascent) to keep things interesting. The half marathon is one lap, the marathon is two.

The first lap includes a loop around Stratford-upon-Avon town centre, the second includes a longer stretch along the Greenway (disused) railway line. The Greenway can be a bit soul-destroying if you don't have much in the tank or you don't have many runners with you as there is hardly any crowd support along that section.

It is a nice enough route without being spectacular. There are pactches of support although these are few and far between. The second lap does feel lonely as the majority of entrants do the half and, as I said, the Greenway is not the most exciting place to run. Once you are over Rumer Hill you don't have any undulations to contend with, which is nice.

The loop around town can be congested but at that stage of a marathon there's never much room for manoeuvre at any venue. The route along the river towards in the final half a mile is very pleasant and the finish is opposite the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, usually attracts a fair crowd.

It is genuinely a runner-friendly course and although my comments are maybe a tad downbeat on review, I did actually enjoy the race.

The course map is on the website, although I know maps don't often help very much!

23/01/2013 at 20:50
Hi. I ran it in 2011 and really enjoyed it.

Can't remember too much about the course except the last 4 miles which was alongside an old railway line on a bit of white gritty road/path which was a killer as the sun was beating down on and off it.

Unfortunately they didn't have a water station at this point either which was a bit of a kick in the nuts.

Remember it been mostly flat as well.

Stratford a lovely place to have a post race drink as well.
23/01/2013 at 22:06
Thanks ever so much for the info chaps. Most informative and a change from the VLM by the sounds of it.
23/01/2013 at 22:16

Hi Dave

Danny has it spot on  one really - i live here - bit tougher for me as i push my son in his wheelchair - but it is as stated by Danny

28/01/2013 at 14:10

Thinking of doing this one as I live fairly local.

Couple of questions, 1/2 marathon is my longest distance to date, do you think I have time to train for a full one by 28th April?

I am doing the Warwick Castle Half on March 17th, aiming for sub 2hours (I'm not fast!) previously 1/2 times have been nearly 2hrs on the dot.

The jump from a half to a full seems such a big leap - but for those who have done it - is it really that bad?

28/01/2013 at 15:17

Hi Lee

If you're half-marathon-ready at the moment then I think you've got time to train for the full one.  I think its 13 weeks until Stratford - if you were starting from scratch then I think that would be hard going but if you are currently comfy with a 10 miler or longer then I reckon you'd be fine - most marathon training plans that I've come across last 12-16 weeks.  The Warwick Castle Half would probably fit in nicely as preparation for Stratford - and you may find that the full marathon training will give you a good time for the half anyway as by mid March you'd be used to running more than 13.1 miles  (I've PB'd on a half several times when building up to a full).

The training is much more for the full than the half - but imho is more than made up for by the satisfaction of finishing the big one.


Edited: 28/01/2013 at 15:35
Blisters    pirate
17/02/2013 at 22:16

I've just entered!

Hi there Mick, and say Hi to Phil for me.

10 weeks from now and it will be all over bar the re-hydration.

I wonder if I should train for this, or just ad-lib it?

18/02/2013 at 10:08

I've signed up to stratford too. Will make a change as I've only ever done big city marathons, but I am looking forward to the challenge of running the second half of the marathon almost like a long solo run...

good luck to all those training for this, hope the training goes well.

18/02/2013 at 12:59

I'm in for the Warwick Castle half and thinking about whether to do the half version of this too.... Warwick Castle will be my first ever half so don't want to over-commit and sign up for this one already!

Blisters    pirate
18/02/2013 at 21:31

First 20+ miler banked for the campaign. (Actually it's my second for this year). I'm going to have to work out how to balance 20 mile runs with 60 mile bike rides with the club. Believe me, it's not funny when you try and do a big bike the day after a big run. 

26/02/2013 at 10:44
Hi I've entered this years Marathon, but unfortubately I've picked up an injury which is going to prevent me taking part. If anyone is interested in purchasing my entry I would appreciate it-make me an offer!Thanks, good luck to all who are taking part and hopefully I'll see you next year. Chris
Edited: 26/02/2013 at 19:19
01/03/2013 at 08:25
I Can't find a link to actually enter the race. The link to the organisers website just gives a link back to Runners World. Is it full? If so there is no mention of this on either website.
01/03/2013 at 09:25

Hi Book Fairy - previously there was an 'enter online' button on RW page - but that's disappeared.  Hoping that's not because it's full as I haven't got round to entering yet either.

01/03/2013 at 13:26

I entered via RW last Friday (22nd), I know it fills quickly because of the half marathon I guess

01/03/2013 at 17:13

i asked FR Systems if it was full.  Looks like it was a glitch on RW page which they've now fixed as you can now enter online from RW again.  Happy days

Blisters    pirate
11/03/2013 at 22:08

How's folks' training going?

12/03/2013 at 21:49

Hi Blisters, it's all v quiet here!  I've just banked the first 20 miler - vaguely following the P&D 12 week 'up to 55 mpw' schedule which only suggests 2 20 milers, the first one being only 5 weeks before the race.  Have been doing a fair amount of v hilly medium-long runs though which I think have been useful preparation.  How about you?  All going according to plan?

I'm hoping Lee has signed up for it and my comments back in Jan (from someone who is still learning how to not mess up a marathon) didn't put him off!


Blisters    pirate
13/03/2013 at 14:50

Señor Spam

Well done on the 20, it sounds like a get-you-round schedule to me. I’ve done a few of these before but not as many as SHADES (Hi there, how are you!). I’m not really on a focussed schedule, but don’t let that lull you into a false sense of (in)security. I’m only doing this marathon for fun, a 20+ with a number pinned on. A confidence booster. I was ready in January, but haven’t been keeping the 20’s going in very much since. It’s a shame that my January one got axed.

SHADES, long time no see, I’ll look out for you. I’ll be in full Pirate gear. Now that’s nailed my colours to the mast.

14/03/2013 at 13:18

Blisters - I can't remember the last time I saw you!   I guess you're training for an Ironman then?

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