Ian Richards 22

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Shrewsbury Marathon

Posted: 23/06/2013 at 19:57

Well done to every runner that took part today, a great achievement on such a challenging course. I was just spectating for this one but agree with comments about organisation. The cone placement and signage were poor, and in the Quarry park many Marathon runners were having to dodge pedestrians on the route. Shrewsbury can easily take a two lap marathon or even a one lap event with a little imagination, Chester is a fine example of this but that Marathon is organised by runners for runners not by a business. Still as a runner and a proud Salopian I am so pleased to see this kind of event in the town....GREAT JOB RUNNERS

Shrewsbury Marathon

Posted: 13/06/2013 at 20:59

I have just emailed the organisers about the route through the Quarry Park. I worry that the eventual route will mean running up and down the same path the whole length of the park three times. Surely the route will have been accurately measured by now so they must be able to publicise it. I ran the rest of the route the other week and its quite tough for an urban half/full marathon, so I don't think there will be many pb's. Still its a beautiful town in a beautiful county, but there again i'm bias being a Shrewsbury boy!! Just hope the organisers get it right!!!

Shrewsbury Marathon

Posted: 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.

Shrewsbury Marathon

Posted: 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.

west mids events thread

Posted: 13/01/2013 at 12:12

I get the impression someone was sent out to work out a 6.5 mile route around Shrewsbury but was given very little room for manouvre by the local council, so they ran around the town centre for awhile, found that they were still short so ran up and down the quarry three times to make up a lap. Can you imagine people being lapped too, will be a nightmare! I have a 16 mile training route around Shrewsbury which takes in the town centre and the suburbs and that could be extended very easily. The four lap plan is for the benefit of the council and the race planners not the runners. Don't get me wrong I really want a Marathon in Shrewsbury, but what I don't want is an event that goes off half cocked and never happens again. I have run Chester for the last two years and it is so well organised, that is what we need in Shrewsbury.

west mids events thread

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.

Chester marathon 2012

Posted: 02/09/2012 at 17:49

Did 20 miles around Shrewsbury this morning and I really struggled. I think it was a combination of running too many miles on Friday/Saturday, the humidity of the weather, and not getting to bed earlier enough last night. Having done a good 18 miles last Sunday I know I can do it, and the little set backs and struggles are all just part of the learning curve.

Chester marathon 2012

Posted: 29/04/2012 at 20:25
I'm starting my training for Chester tomorrow, been running plenty of miles but now need to get some quality work in, such as intervals, fartlek, and hills etc. Brilliant race with brilliant support fro locals and organisers alike.

Chester marathon 2012

Posted: 22/04/2012 at 22:21
It was not full last year, but after the favourable press the race received after last year's race (and rightly so) I think it will be very popular this year.

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