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    29 January

Racing to success at the Stratford Marathon

Long-standing sponsors of the Stratford Rotary’s Shakespeare Marathon & Half Marathon Shakespeare Martineau is delighted to support the event, which takes place on 13 May 2018.

The firm will be entering a team for the Barr Gold standard course, many of whom will be looking to break some personal PBs as well as raising money for some fantastic local charities, including the Shakespeare Hospice, Stratford Samaritans, Lifespace Trust and ESH Works.

Andrew Smith, partner and joint head of the firm’s Stratford office, said: “We’re delighted to support the marathon again. It is our 13th year of being involved in what is one of the key highlights of the Stratford town events calendar. The event is testament to the fantastic support and passion this town thrives on from its business community, local people and the visitors. Building on the enthusiasm from last year I will be running the race again this year along with a number of our colleagues from across the firm who have run previously, as well as encouraging some new entrants.”

New Race Director, Samantha Wheeler said, “The Marathon is one of Stratford’s biggest events for raising money for charity; the whole community gets involved and apparently the runners call us ‘the friendly race’. 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.”

Runners will enjoy a mainly flat course, which starts in the centre of the town, and they will run through pretty Warwickshire villages, including Welford upon Avon and Long Marston, taking in sights such as the River Avon, the Greenway - Stratford’s disused railway path, and the Royal Shakespeare Theatres. 

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