IS THE MEADOWS MARATHON REALLY A MARATHON?
Yes! This year is the third year of our marathon, in addition to our half marathon and 5k events. To make things more fun, the full and half marathon will start simultaneously, so if your friend wants to do the full marathon but you only fancy the half, then you can run together. The Fun Run will take place beforehand.
A MARATHON! DO WE RUN ALL OVER THE CITY?
No you lucky thing, we have much better plans than that. The beauty of the Meadows Marathon is that you run it as laps of the Meadows, rather than one long linear route.
OH. WHY WOULD I WANT TO RUN AROUND THE MEADOWS A BUNCH OF TIMES?
I’m glad you asked. The Meadows Marathon’s circuitous nature is part of its appeal. You are never far from a first aid station or a water station, spectators cheer on runners throughout the race rather than just at one point, and we get musicians and performers to provide entertainment around the course, lending a carnival atmosphere to the event. It also means that we can put on the event at a relatively lower cost than other runs of a similar distance, meaning a lower registration cost to you, and therefore more money to charity at the end of the day.
BUT DON'T YOU HAVE TO BE IN GREAT SHAPE TO TAKE PART? I DON'T WANT TO LOOK FOOLISH, TRAILING BEHIND EVERYONE ELSE...
The Meadows Marathon is open to anyone who can make it around the course. Our runners are very diverse; we have some experienced runners who like to hurtle round the half marathon in a little over an hour, less accomplished runners trying to see if they can go the distance, and some people who like to jog and walk round with their friends. Of course, fancy dress is always encouraged, which doubles as a sure-fire way to get encouragement from strangers in the crowd as well as providing an excuse for taking it easy (“Of course I had to walk most of it – I was dressed as a centurion!”). If you’re really worried that the half marathon may be a step too far (pun intended) then why not try the Fun Run, you can always try the half marathon next year.
OK, I WANT TO TAKE PART, WHAT IS THE NEXT STEP?
Go to our registration page to sign up. Registration only costs £10 for the Fun Run, £25 for the Half Marathon and £40 for the Full (but you can make an additional donation if you're feeling flush). At the end of the sign up there's a wee button that will take you to Virgin Money Giving so you can set up a fundraising page.