Posted: 12/01/2013 at 20:32
Its great that Shrewsbury is getting a Marathon and as a local runner I would love to run it, however having looked at the organisers website I am not so sure. Firstly the race will comprise of four laps, of which a sizeable portion of each lap will involve running up and down the same avenue in the local park. As a local runner I know this would bore me senseless. Secondly it would appear that the race crosses the River Severn by way of a footbridge which is no more than six feet wide, I would suggest a major traffic jam of runners heading in both directions. The website states that the four laps are the same as the London Marathon, I take it they mean the Olympic Marathon and not the Virgin London Marathon. The organisers are also offering free parking on site, I would be very interested to know where this will be.
I really really would love a Marathon in my home town, and I really hope it is a success especially having taken part in the excellent Chester Marathon, however the early signs are not good and I think a lot more thought and planning needs to go into this event.