Join the field for Shakespeare Marathon

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THERE is still time to enter this year’s Shakespeare Marathon and Half Marathon.

The popular run – organised by Stratford-upon-Avon Rotary Club and raising around £100,000 a year for local charities – will take place on Sunday, 13th May.

In a year of firsts, Samantha Wheeler will be the first female to hold the role of race director, Stratford-based accountancy firm Grenfell James is a new sponsor, and Tori Rushton will be new female commentator.

World record breaking multi-marathon runner, Steve Edwards, will open the marathon on the day, before running it for the 21st time.

A competition has also been held by students from the King Edwards VI School to design the medals for the 2018 race.

Students were given the criteria of celebrating Rotary’s 90th Anniversary in Stratford and including an image or text that they believed best represented Rotary, the marathon or the town of Stratford-upon-Avon.

The winner has been chosen, and will be announced in due course.

Samantha said: “The marathon is one of Stratford’s biggest events for raising money for local charities; I was delighted to be given the opportunity to be more involved, especially in our club’s 90th anniversary year.

“It takes an incredible amount of planning to put on a marathon of this size, we’re expecting over 3,000 runners on the day, but as Stratford Rotary Club has been staging the marathon for so many years, I can draw on the experience of many Rotarians and volunteers, some of whom were here since its very beginning.

“Many of our runners enter year after year and we’re apparently known as ‘the friendly race’.

“It‘s well known for its superb marshalling and outstanding safety record. As marathon training usually takes about three months, entrants still have plenty of time if they sign up now.”

Enter at www.shakespearemarathon.org.uk and follow marathon news, updates and inspiration on Facebook: @OfficialShakespeareMarathon and Twitter: @Shake_Marathon

See Thursday’s Herald for a round-up of a local people running this weekend’s London Marathon.