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The Broadway Marathon and Half Marathon offer runners the opportunity to challenge themselves and each other amid the stunning scenery of the northern Cotswolds. Starting and finishing in scenic Broadway village, the route follows trails and roads among picturesque villages, woodlands, and, most importantly, hills. The majority of the course is trail or unpaved track. A few minor road sections are included where necessary. The route will be marked, with marshals at a few key points along the way.
The marathon route follows a figure-of-eight along public footpaths, bridleways, and minor country roads. If it has been a wet season, the route will be fairly muddy in places.
The race starts in Broadway, and the route quickly turns to climb up to Broadway Tower, where you can enjoy excellent views of The Vale of Evesham. Then, it crosses to Snowshill and Stanway before reaching half way in Winchcombe, the walking capital of the Cotswolds. Just after half way, you will pass Sudeley Castle before taking on the final big hill of the route. After spending a few miles on the escarpment, it's back down the hill where you can enjoy the the gently undulating fields from Stanway to Broadway. The half marathon is the top half of the figure-of-eight, so once you reach Stanway, your big hills are all behind you.
Entries Open June 2018
Minimum Age: 18 on race day.
Check points will be placed at intervals where the route is on or near a road. Water will be available at each check. Be reminded, though, that it may take more than an hour to get from one water stop to the next, so all participants must carry a drink throughout (see Mandatory Kit). There will be sweets and a small selection of snacks available at the checkpoints , but you are advised to carry some food.