Stratford (Shakespeare) Marathon

FLM Dejected & Rejected

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04/12/2003 at 13:15
So, didn't get into London then. It'll probably p*ss down anyway, he said not feeling in the least bitter!!

Anyone know what the Stratford Marathon is like. I've got a place and it's only a week after London but I've heard tell of some horrific hill you have to do twice??!!
04/12/2003 at 13:29
Hiya The Doctor,

It's a scenic and well organised 2 lapper. I ran Shakespeare last year as a FLM reject.
There are 2 notable hills which aren't that bad really until the 2nd lap when the one at 17 miles is a tad annoying, but it is short and there's a great (almost too steep)downhill on the other side.

The downside of this race is that the Half Marathoners peel off at 12 miles so the 2nd lap is very quiet. I found the contrast a bit soul destroying.

On both laps there is also a long straight section on a disused railway line route. While it's flat and enjoyable to run on, the 6km's of it seem never ending towards the end of the marathon.

Although I probably won't be doing this one again, I can thoroughly recommend it as a FLM substitute.

There's a load of piccies of forumites at last years event on www.richk.co.uk
04/12/2003 at 13:40
i don't get the hype over london... quite happy to stay close to home & do stratford.
04/12/2003 at 13:47
448 finished the Shekespeare marathon last year.

My biggest event so far has had 4,000 finishers. Can't imagine being stuck in amongst 35,000. Gonna keep trying for FLM though.
04/12/2003 at 15:03
Thanks Scotty. That helps a lot. I'm really looking forward to it.

I know this will sound a bit hollow but the one down side about London is the vast number of other runners around you. My neighbour said he didn't see any clear road til at least 6 or 7 miles in, and I'm a lot happier with plenty of space around me.

and you're right Ed no overnighters either. I'll be travelling up on the morning!

Still ..... London eh????
OB
04/12/2003 at 15:13
Scotty, which hill did you run up if it was only short??!!

I was one of the one lappers and was glad not to be doing the hill the second time. A good event though.
04/12/2003 at 15:15
"The Doctor", there's plenty of ideas for other marathons here.
04/12/2003 at 15:18
Doc,

Taunton marathon is April 6th a 2 lap course it isnt flat but it is fairly fast, I enjoyed it anyway.

Also the dutchy marathon in redruth has been moved to March 21st 04, if you need an entry form email me and I will send you a form.

There is a Devonvale marathon in newton Abbott on 13th june, last year it was the first time it was done, and it was good well organised event, this year there is a half and a 10k as well.

If I think of anymore i'll let you know.

I am lucky enough to have got in FLM through good for age, but i'll be at all the others hopfully. see you there?
04/12/2003 at 15:36
Quality Bryan. Stockholm on my birthday. Hmmmm ...... anyway back from the land of dreams. Lake Vyrnwy looks a good one too, but to be perfectly honest I'm torn as to whether to do another half ironman in Sherbourne or concentrate on running this summer??

I think I'll see how Stratford goes and see if I get the marathon bug. I've done a few halves but this'll be my first!! (Gulp!!!)

04/12/2003 at 17:27
A good marathon - undulating rather than hilly. Ran it 2002 (one week after running a PB in London). Would like to run it again.
04/12/2003 at 22:24
Hey Doc, click on the link below to read a great Stratford report by someone who ran it last year.

click here

Andy
04/12/2003 at 22:30
oooooooooooo
youre convincing me
butwill i make the cutoff?
04/12/2003 at 22:35
hippo... you can't do _every_ race that gets posted here!
04/12/2003 at 22:35
this is instead of FLM ed
04/12/2003 at 22:37
but if i didnt work loads of weekends, and icould drive, and i wasnt maried
i would do em all!
04/12/2003 at 22:39
theres a nice ultra in feb i hear...
10/12/2003 at 13:53
Boing. (For Rodney Mills.)
10/12/2003 at 16:33
Great race report RC : but from the sound of it I think I'll have the Samaritans on speed dial on my mobile!!

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