04 September 2022

Event Announcement

This year’s race is already open for entry and we have an early bird discount which runs out on 31st January 2022.

September – December – £22 club members / £24 non running club members

January 2022 – September 2022 – £24 club members  / £26 non running club members.

Event Information/Overview

The route is the same one we’ve put on for the past few years and it shows everything that Shakespeare’s Stratford-Upon-Avon 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 2022 and also to Time Out – this wonderful charity will be supplying your marshals for the day.

There will be a kids race in partnership with Marathon Kids UK at 11.00am, starting at the pavilion and finishing under the main finish arch.

Results back to 2013 can be found HERE, results for 2009 to 2012 can be found HERE.


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.

Start Time

The race starts at 9:30am – all runners need to have arrived and be on the collection area by 9.15am

Minimum Age
You need to be 15 years old to run this race.

Entry Fees:
Early Bird Entry
Running Club Member (affiliated) – £22
Non-Club Member (unaffiliated) – £24
Prices from January 2022
£24 / £26
Please note there is also a small transaction fee.

There will be day entries available at £30 cash only

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 gone 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

Stratford Recreation Ground, CV37 7LS
There are many pay & display car parks in Stratford within easy walk of the race. The closest one is signposted "Rec Ground"

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 under signs 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 the start.

Drinks Stations

Water Stations
There will be one water station on the course at approximately 5 kilometres. Please only take water if you really need it, we are trying to cut down on the use of plastic and many people just have one swig and throw away the bottle.

Water is provided for you at the finish.  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 the an epic 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 the FINISH only. You have a tear off strip on your number – use this to tie onto your bag and hand it over.

There are public toilets at both ends of the car park, by the Restaurant and by the children’s playground, and also some portable ones near the start.

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.

Event Charities


For the 2021 race we are once again partnering with our charity partner, The Time Out Group, which is a registered charity based in South Warwickshire whose aim is to provide specialist support to children with disabilities and their families, helping them to access numerous family opportunities. These children typically have complex behavioral and/or communication needs, and as a result need support with social interactions and struggle to access other local groups. The Group is split into two peer groups to help us to organise age appropriate activities. It is testament to the group that most of the children who join stay with us until they reach adulthood. Unfortunately, as a result places in the group are extremely limited. The Time Out Group meets on a Saturday to go on outings to participate in community leisure activities with the support of skilled and dedicated care workers. For more information please go to the website at The Time Out Group - Stratford upon Avon You can elect to run for The Time Out Group, or simply make a donation, by ticking Yes in the appropriate box on the application form

Event Partners

Lodders Solicitors

Lodders is a law firm built around outstanding legal advice and a friendly, professional service. The firm was established over 230 years ago and has offices in Stratford upon Avon, Cheltenham, Birmingham and Henley in Arden. Specialising in work for private clients and privately owned businesses, we serve a range of clients from business owners through to wealthy families, landowners, farmers and successful individuals, we are renowned for our technical expertise alongside thoughtful, intelligent advice and a highly personal service. We enjoy taking an active part in our local community, whether through our charitable work through our own Lodders Charitable Foundation or by sponsoring and attending events such as Stratford's 'Big 10k', Moreton Show and Kenilworth Show, and we pride ourselves on our personal touch and friendly approach.

Your Race Day

Your Race Day will be taking snaps of you looking at your finest as you're running around the course.  Click on the logo to view your photo's.  It may take a few hours after the event for them to be uploaded.

Marathon Kids UK

Marathon Kids UK, formally Kids Run Free, is a national children’s charity based in Leamington Spa who inspire the next generation to become physically active. Marathon Kids UK believes that running has the power to show kids they can achieve more than they ever dreamed possible! Their programme and accompanying tracking systems run in schools and parks across the UK and encourages kids to set goals and run distances of multiple marathons over the course of an academic year. One kilometre at a time, Marathon Kids unlock their potential, learning grit, determination, and the feeling of pure joy that comes from crushing your goals — mentally as well as physically. To find out more please go to www.marathonkids.co.uk

Fire & Earth Sports Massage

Fire & Earth will be offering free sports massage at the end of the race.