Shrewsbury Marathon

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22/02/2013 at 21:35

Hi all

I've been thinking about a marathon and have worked out I should be ready by mid June.  Problem is, there aren't many marathons at that time.  Most of them seem to be very hilly (South Downs). I've come across the Shrewsbury Marathon.  Does anyone know what the route is like?  There are a couple of hills but they don't look too bad.

Has anyone else already signed up?



22/02/2013 at 21:52

I think it depends on how fit you are. Its my home town marathon and I am unsure about signing up. The two hills are particularly long, but they are steep and as there are four laps they will be daunting the later stages of the race. I may opt for the half marathon as I do want to run in my home town, but I think the marathon might be difficult if its hot and rather tedious over four laps.

23/02/2013 at 11:09

I live in Shropshire and was quite keen when I heard about this a few weeks ago. A look at the course changed my mind. Twists and turns and four laps! I won't be doing it.

The trail marathon along Wenlock Edge, on the other hand, looks quite inviting.

23/02/2013 at 12:03

I think I`ll do it.

Where is the hill?

At the mo, I`m thinking that 4 laps could be a positive; I`ll get more support from family seeing me at least 4 times and they can supply my drinks, etc. Also, worse case scenario, it`s easy to drop out if it is too hot or if I get injured.

23/02/2013 at 14:25

I did a 4 lap marathon a couple of months ago, I found it pretty hard mentally the 3rd and 4th times round. Probably wouldn't do one again.

03/03/2013 at 11:25
I signed up for this one as its both a first for Shrewsbury and myself! Looking to run the course over the next week, so will happily back come and let you know about the course.
03/03/2013 at 11:54

Nice idea Purc. Cheers.

For me training starts this week (it is 16 weeks to go , isn`t it?). This week I lost 5lbs due to a `tummy bug` so I`ll see how first few `runs` go!

03/03/2013 at 11:59

I'm doing the Half as it's my home town but I don't fancy 4 laps!  I fear one of the hills might be Wyle Cop...

03/03/2013 at 12:15

I thought it skipped around the back near the school?

03/03/2013 at 12:24

It does that too - one of the hills will be either Kennedy or Ashton roads and they're longer but less steep


03/03/2013 at 14:20
yer_maj wrote (see)

It does that too - one of the hills will be either Kennedy or Ashton roads and they're longer but less steep


Doesn`t it skip Wyle Cop?

03/03/2013 at 15:03

Here's a rough idea of the course

  • Quarry- Victoria avenue - Smithfield road - Railway station. (mostly flat, small incline towards the station)
  • Up castle gates, past library (incline), to St Marys St- Dogpole. (flat, slight decline at Dogpole)
  • Back towards The Square - Barker St - towards Sixth Form (flat)
  • Up Claremont bank (steep incline) - down Town walls (decline) to bottom of Wyle Cop
  • Over English Bridge- Logden Coleham ( slight incline) - Kingsland Rd sharp decline (dip) then incline
  • I'm not sure about Kennedy road and Ashton road but will take a look at some future point.
  • Then its back to Kingsland Rd - the English bridge -
  • The quarry is mostly flat along the river but some uphill by the Town Walls and Quarry entrance.
03/03/2013 at 16:35

Excellent - it's Dogpole rather than Wyle Cop - still a hill but not as steep!

Kennedy Road and Ashton are both hills - it'll be up one and down the other but neither are too bad

I believe the entire course is what they might call "undulating"...

03/03/2013 at 19:17

The incline is on Kingsland Road. The route turns right off Longden Road by the old brewery, then drops into a dip and then climbs all the way to Shrewsbury School. I'm 53 and not very quick 3.44.41 Chester Marathon, and i've been training on that hill and believe me when I say i'm blowing bubbles when I get to Shrewsbury School.

05/03/2013 at 10:54

Well I`ve started my 16 week programme with this event in mind and spoken to an expert marathoner friend. He says it obviously isn`t a quick course but he`d be concerned about all the hairpin / 180 degree turns and the switchbacks. Are they likely to be as bad as they look? I think he was referring to the bits in the Quarry. I don`t know the paths there well tbh.

Edited: 05/03/2013 at 10:56
05/03/2013 at 17:07

It will depend on how they manage the course...if we've got to run round cones then that'll slow things down. The map provided on the website is a bit vague as it doesn't follow existing paths from what I can see. I won't be in Shrewsbury again until May but plan to run the course to get a feel for it...won't be doing multiple laps though!

06/03/2013 at 09:26

That`s what I thought vellooo. I also hope to get a run around the course at some point.

07/03/2013 at 17:18

The description by Vellooo was spot on and I ran the course the other evening and it sure has a few inclines!! First is from the railway stn to top of Castle Street, but then down hill all the way to the Morris's building before heading up the second incline of Claremont Bank, but again then down hill to the English bridge. Third incline is in the Kingsland part of the course but you do get to come back down on the way back to English bridge. I guess the only other incline would be in the Quarry itself, the map online is completely wrong, so I've emailed the event organiser who came back and said the course in the Quarry is atill to be confirmed!!

All in all the last lap of the course could be the one where the inclines kinda get to them there legs!!

Happy training folks!

07/03/2013 at 17:29

Purc - I must admit, I don`t enjoy the downs later in long races / runs as my feet are usually pretty battered by then!

07/03/2013 at 17:30

Ugh, Claremont Bank won't be much fun...

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