05 September 2021
The date for the 2021 Stratford’s Big 10K is Sunday 5th September.
All runners who entered the 2020 race and did not run a virtual version will be transferred to the new race. If you are one of these then we will be in contact with you in the spring, if you can’t make the race then you will be entitled to a full refund, there will be a cut off date for this much closer to the event.
Hopefully the 12th edition of this race will now happen in 2021
The route is a course that shows everything that Shakespeare’s Stratford has to offer with a finish coming past the Bards RSC Theatre. Previous results show that this event is ideal for gaining personal best times which is useful for both experienced runners and those new to the distance.
Thank you also to Lodders Solicitors who continue to support this event and will be our principle sponsor in 2021
Click on the red button to enter online. If you would like to enter by post, please contact us and we’ll send you a postal entry. Numbers and timing chips will be sent out by post before the event.
Registration on Race Day
Registration will be open from 7:30am Follow the direction from the car park.
The race starts at 9:30am but all runners need to have arrived and be in their pen based on their predicted finish time by 9am.
15 years old is the minimum age you need to be to enter and run this race.
Running Club Member (affiliated) – £20
Non-Club Member (unaffiliated) – £22
Please note there is also a small transaction fee.
Route Map & Course Information
Based on Stratford Recreation Ground in the far corner by the tennis courts (near where the Parkrun starts from). The race starts at 9:30am. Please be ready near the exit on to Shipston Road by 9:15am.
The route below is the same as last year.
We will group you on the Recreation Ground according to your projected finishing time. We will then walk you to the start which is on the Shipston Road (A3400) which will be closed for the event. Once the hooter has going you will head up the A3400 before turning right at the second (new) roundabout and heading along the B4362, Clifford Lane followed by another right-turn at Clifford Chambers onto the Milcote Road. Keep following this road passed the halfway point and then another right turn will take you onto the infamous Greenway. This fantastically flat section of the course will surely be welcome to all runners. Head all the way down the Greenward along past the Racecourse and take the right hand fork. This path takes you to the river and a run past Lucy’s Mill Bridge and on up to Holy Trinity Church. Nearing the end of the race now you pass the Church on your right-hand side before turning into Waterside. A slightly downhill section past both the Courtyard Theatre and the famous RSC Theatre sees you approach last year’s finish line which you run past via Bancroft Garden. Here the course extends over the canal bridge and then the Tramway Bridge over the River Avon before a final right to onto the Rec where the race finishes near the bandstand.
Directions & Parking
The start and finish of the race is on the Shipston Road which is South of the river. But we will actually collect all runners into pens based on your race target time on Stratford Recreation Ground and then lead you out onto the Shipston Road. Those of you using Sat Nav place the following post code in CV37 7LS. This will lead you to Stratford Butterfly Farm and from there you will see the car parks. From there follow the signage to where our start pens are.
There will be one water station on the course at approximately 5 kilometres. (please note this may be altered depending on the Covid restrictions at the time of the race).
Water and bananas are provided for you at the finish. If you need further sustenance there are many coffee shops and restaurants in Stratford. Please do take the time to enjoy what this famous town has to offer.
Prizes & Mementoes
All runners will receive a medal upon completion.
Prizes will be handed out on the day in the finish area.
There are prizes for the first 3 finishers of each gender and the first in each age group starting from 35 and going up in 10 year increments. If an age group winner also finishes in the top 3 then the age group prize rolls down to the next finisher.
Baggage & Toilets
A baggage drop off area will be provided at Stratford Recreation Ground and your bags will be transported from the Start to the Finish (hopefully before you arrive there).
There are public toilets at both ends of the car park, by the View Restaurant and by the children’s playground.
Withdrawal And Cancellation Policy
Up to six weeks prior to the race entrants will receive a full refund less a £2.00 admin fee.
After this deadline, no refunds are offered unless the runner comes to help marshal on the day. However an entry may be transferred to another runner on provision of full details prior to the race. Entries cannot be transferred on race day.
In the event of the race being cancelled due to circumstances beyond our control we will attempt to reschedule to a later date in the same year and all entries will transfer to that rescheduled date.
If this proves impossible we will offer entrants either a percentage refund or the option to donate that refund to the race charity.
The percentage refunded / donated will depend on costs incurred at the time of cancellation.
All contact should be made by email.
Music Whilst Running
No earphones please! From 1 April 2016, a new rule regarding the wearing of head phones in road races was introduced into the 2016-2018 edition of the UKA Rules of Competition: –
“The wearing of headphones, or similar devices, (other than those medically prescribed), is not permitted in races on any single carriageway road that is not wholly closed to traffic.”
Please note this includes bone conduction earphones because it is very difficult to differentiate between the different types of ear phones and our main priority is our runners safety.