Below is information on the route of the 2018 Shrewsbury Half Marathon.


While the course begins and ends at the Shropshire County Show ground, the route itself takes in both the medieval town centre of Shrewsbury and some of Shropshire’s beautiful countryside.

As you run through the town centre you will be treated to over 600 listed building, lots of which are black and white timber framed and steep narrow streets with obscure names. You will run along Mardol Head, Milk Street, Wyle Cop, Dog Pole and past Grope Lane to name but a few.

Look out for Shrewsbury Library formally a school, attended by Shrewsbury’s most famous son Charles Darwin and across from this the Castle which has stood for centuries. After you ‘conquer the Wyle Cop’ you then head out to run the second half of the race in the Shropshire countryside before finishing back in the showground.

Click on the link below to view the full route in detail and get ready for a hilly and beautiful route when you #RunShrewsbury.


  • Car Parking

    There is ample parking for all participants at the Showground. We advise you to arrive at 7:30am for a 9:00am start. All local roads will be shut at 8:00am.

    Runners will be able to enter the town centre roads via car until 8am. Just show the Marshall at the road entrance your race number and you will be able to drive through. This is strictly until 8:00am and is for participants only.

    Parking is available at the showground. There is a £3 charge which goes directly to the Shropshire County Showground. Please have £3 in change ready when you arrive.

    There are several car parks in the Town Centre which are within a 10 – 15 minute walk of the Showground. They all charge for parking on a Sunday, amounts vary dependent on which car park.

    The Frankwell Car Park is within a 15 minute walk of the Showground and costs just £1 all day on a Sunday.

  • Toilets

    There are 68 toilets on the showground although it’s a 53 acre site and they are spread out. The toilets near the start line get very busy so as part of your warm up jog across to one of the nearby toilets if you want to avoid the queues. They will be well sign posted on the day.

    Toilets on the route are open at the start of Victoria Avenue 1.5 miles in and at Butcher Row which will be signed just off the route at the 6 mile marker.

  • Race Checklist

    • Arrive by 7:30am
    • Fill in your medical information on the back of your bib
    • Baggage closes at 8:30 so get your bag in if you need to
    • It’s June so apply sun cream if its warm
    • Sign up for your race photography BEFORE the race so your photos are waiting for you when you finish.
    • Take a look around the Athletes village
    • Grab a free massage from one of the Physio’s (pre and post race)
    • Please make sure you are fit and well enough to be taking part in the event. Make sure you are well hydrated. For more information see www.runnersmedicalresource.com
    • Have a change of clothes with you
    • Don’t try anything new on race day

  • Water Stations

    Water stations will be at mile 3.5 & 5.5 at Barnabus Church, and mile 9 at the Ellesmere Road Roundabout. We will also be having a 4th Water Station around mile 11. There will also be a bottle of water at the finish line.

  • Athletes Village

    There will be lots going on in the Showground including free pre and post race massage.

    Look out for some of our online Partners, local charities, Running Club gazebos, Face painting for the kids, cage football, a bouncy castle & more.

  • Race Bib

    The Shrewsbury Half Marathon use a bibtag system, which is attached to your bib number. Please make sure your bib number is pinned to the front of your vest/t-shirt. Your timing chip will activate as you cross the start line.

    You must fill in the medical information on the rear of your bib before you arrive at the event. This is essential for your safety because it will be used in an emergency.

    You must wear your bib number. If you don’t two things happen. If a Marshall or Race official sees you running with no bib on you will be asked to leave the route immediately. If you do not wear your bib and run you will not get a time registered. If you lose your bib that arrives via post pre-event, then there will be a small number available at registration.

  • Free Race Photography

    Your Free race photos are sponsored by UKRunChat – normally RRP £19.99 per person. Sussex Sport Photography will be covering the race this year and using the special pic2go barcodes on your race numbers to identify and send you ALL your race images live during and shortly after the event (*subject to data upload speeds).

    Check back here closer to race day to register for your photos.

  • Medals

    All competitors who complete the course will receive a bespoke medal.

  • Age Categories, Prizes & Trophies

    Trophies and the following prizes will be be awarded to the following:

    Overall 1st, 2nd and 3rd placed male and female: All will receive a Trophy, and other prizes are tbc for 2017.

    1st place male and female trophies will also be given in the following categories:


  • Post Race

    When you finish, please follow the finish line Marshall’s instructions.

    You will be greeted at the finish with:

    • A bottle of Water
    • Your medal
    • Your t-shirt
    • A banana

    You pick all of these up in the funnel. Please note and pass on to your friends and family that spectators will not be able to get into the finishing funnel. We know you have just ran a Half Marathon and will likely be feeling tired but we will ask you to keep moving, pick up your finishers items and proceed out of the funnel. We ask you to do this because there will be a large number of runners coming in just behind you.

  • Pulling Out Of The Race

    If you retire from the race it’s really important that you let the nearest Marshall to you know and give them your race number. This is so we can account for you at the end of the race.

  • Race Results

    A link to full race results will appear here on race day.