Tuesday, 29 January 2013

Over the Edge Marathon and Half Marathon 2013

On Sunday 7th July we are holding  'Over the Edge, The  Marathon and Half Marathon of the Wenlock Olympian Games'. Both events are a tough challenge through the Shropshire countryside using off road trails through woodland and farmland predominantly along Wenlock Edge. The Marathon begins in Craven Arms and finishes in the birthplace of the modern Olympics, Much Wenlock whilst the half Marathon starts at Wilderhope Manor and also finishes in Much Wenlock.
2012 was the inaugural running of the event and the feedback from competitors was excellent with everyone enjoying the scenery en-route, the friendliness of marshalls at water stations and the general good natured feel of the event. The finish in the lovely town of Much Wenlock was also very popular as there was good support for all runners as they completed the challenge.

There are tough climbs early on in both races but after that the route is undulating and very runnable, both routes are slightly over the official Marathon and Half Marathon distance but i believe that this is better than being slightly under distance!

Current records are;
Men;          Nick Thomas                      3hr 35m 14s
Women;     Amanda Wright Smith       4hr 01m 28s

Half Marathon;
Men;          Chris Daniels                      1hr 39m 29s
Women      Michelle Clarke                  1hr 51m 57s

View from the first water station 2012 marathon

Entries cost £28 for the full Marathon, £18 for the Half.
There will be water stations approximately every 5 miles, flapjack or similar around halfway, medal and certificate to all finishers and tea/coffee and cake.
To enter e-mail overtheedge@nationaltrust.org.uk or call 01694 725000 ext 1
There will be busses available from Much Wenlock to either start at a small cost, this can be booked at the time of entering.


  1. Hi Chris,

    There was a comment last year about dogs (on Canni-Cross leads) being allowed, is that still the case ?

    We would be near the back and taking it steady :-)


  2. Yes thats fine, maybe they will pull you up the hills!


  3. More than likely, it will be me who hinders her !

    Anyway, thanks for letting me know. It looks like the cheque book will be coming out once we get this weekends Charnwood Marathon out of the way, and I see how she copes.