09 September 2018
Record turn out for the 9th Annual Race!
Well done to all who ran Stratford’s Big 10k, a record entry and a record number of finishers. A big thanks goes to all the marshals who helped on the day, you did a great job!
Thanks also to our sponsors Lodders Solicitors and Nuffield Health.
Now in it’s ninth year this event continues to go from strength to strength.
The course changed slightly for 2016 with the start on Shipston Road and the finish by the bandstand on the recreation ground, we felt that this worked well and the route will be the same for 2017.
It 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 experience runners and those new to the distance.
This year our charity partner is Shakespeare’s Hospice and we would love you to support this fantastic local Charity by either donating a bit extra when signing up or by raising lots of sponsorship money.
Thank you also to Lodders Solicitors who continue to support this event and are our principle sponsor.
Sign up early and guarantee your place.Download Race Information
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. We don’t send numbers or timing chips out but they will be available to collect on race day.
Registration on Race Day
If the race limit hasn’t been reached then there will be entries available on race day. Registration will be open from 7:30am and is based within the Tennis Club. Follow the direction from the car park.
15 years old is the minimum age you need to be to enter and run this race.
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 similar to last year, except at the very beginning and the very end.
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 Stratford Recreation Ground which is South of the river. 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
There will be one water station on the course at approximately 5 kilometres.
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 receives 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.
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, 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.
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.