Friday, 6 January 2012

Over the Edge Marathon and Half Marathon

Come and participate where it all began!  Over the Edge – the marathon and Half Marathon of the 2012 Wenlock Olympian Games, founded by Dr William Penny Brookes in 1850. The games in Wenlock sparked the re-birth of the Olympian movement and the Modern Olympic Games. We are proud to organise a marathon, an Olympic event, at the birthplace of the Modern Olympics. We hope you enjoy the event and being part of our Olympian heritage.

It will be a linear route, the same as the original Marathon distance run by Pheidippides from Marathon in Greece to Athens in 490 B.C.

The Marathon will begin in Craven Arms and follow an undulating off road course back to the birthplace of the modern Olympics, Much Wenlock. Quiet lanes at the start soon give way to woodland paths and farmland, offering participants stunning views of the shropshire countryside. Wilderhope Manor will be passed at the halfway point and will form the start of the Half Marathon. Hopefully at the finish participants will feel a little better than Pheidippides did (lets just say he didn't run again!) and enjoy some refreshments in the beautiful town of Much Wenlock. The route will be waymarked and there will be friendly marshalls on hand at least every 5 miles offering drinks and encouragement.

There are a few points along the route where supporters will be able to watch friends and family taking part.

The entry fee is £25 for the Marathon and £15 for the Half Marathon, all finishers will recieve a medal.

Coaches will be available to transport participants from the finish to the start if required at a cost of £3 (tbc)
To enter e-mail overtheedge@nationaltrust.org.uk

19 comments:

  1. The Olympics is going to be a great boost for Much Wenlock...as someone living just outside the town it is great to see everyone getting involved.

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  2. We just couldn't leave your website before saying that we really enjoyed the quality information you offer to your visitors… Will be back often to check up on new stuff you post!

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  3. Hi Chris,

    Would it be possible to run this event with a dog, canicross style? (http://cani-cross.co.uk to give you an idea of what I mean - dog is attached to the runner at all times). If you'd need further info then please contact me: efinch89@gmail.com

    Thanks :)

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  4. That would be fine Finch, as long as you don't expect any of the marshalls/first aiders to be able to treat the dog!!
    I know the sort of thing as i have seen it a few times on the fells and it looks great!
    Chris

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  5. Hi there
    I'd like to participate in the marathon, and I've sent a query mail to the email address you have mentioned. Can you please let me know how to pay and participate? Should I just turn up on the day?

    Regards
    Debarshi

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  6. Hi Deb, thanks for your enquiry, our wonderful team in the office will respond to your e-mail and let you know how you can pay. It will either be by credit/debit card over the phone or by cheque, you will then be sent entry details. Apologies for the delay, there are a few minor details being sorted but you will hear back shortly.
    All the best
    Chris

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  7. Hi Chris
    I am obviously thick as I could not get my email through to your office as it kept saying error withname of server. Why do you need this info. Help me enter as I have already missed out on 100 mile walk and as a local would love to run in my local area.
    Thanks

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  8. Tina, i'm not sure why your e-mails are not getting there, if overtheedge@nationaltrust.org.uk doesn't work try emily.knight@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01694 725000 and go to events.
    Hope one of these works for you, if not let me know. Don't worry i'll save a place for you!
    Chris

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  9. Where is the extension of the route going (I heard its ironbridge), compared to the 18miler in october?

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  10. Not Ironbridge..... the route rises out of Craven Arms to Flounders Folley. The Folley will be open on the day so supporters or enthusiastic runners can go to the top! It then re-joins the Edge, there will be another extension but i need to speak to a landowner before i can confirm where it is.
    Chris

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  11. email sent to Overtheedge@nationaltrust.org.uk 2 weeks ago but not had a reply yet so i've just sent one to Emily for payment info.. looking forward to it. :)

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  12. Sorry for delay, you will recieve something this week.

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  13. Emails now being sent out, got mine today.

    Cheers.

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  14. I've never done anything like this before... I usually run roads and well made trails, purely for pleasure. This sounds like a wonderful opportunity in Olympic year, it's local and it's my 60th birthday... But is it too challenging for a fun-runner like me? (normal pace @ 10min/mile over 10k).

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  15. Hi sf, i would describe most of the route as being runnable and on well made trails. There are steep climbs at approx 3 miles and 14 miles as well as some smaller uphill sections along the way, all of these uphills come with their very own downhills so its not all bad news!!
    There is a time limit of 8 hours so its by no means too challenging, you can always walk a bit.
    Chris

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  16. Hi Chris, what is the Grid Ref for the start? Mark

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    1. Craven Arms Community Centre, Craven Arms, Grid Ref SO433832

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  17. Chris, some friends of mine ran part of the course last sunday, they said a lot of it was overgrown with nettles, will they be cut back before the race?

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  18. yes it will be cut back, starting on Sunday. Didn't want to do it too early as it would then need doing twice!
    Chris

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