Dear runner,

Please familiarize yourself with all the notes in this post and the official event pages which have both been updated. Please read all of the “What you need to know” sections.

Half Marathon
Metric Half Marathon


7am. Participants arrive, Race HQ and Baggage open.
7:45am. Roads close and all participants are at the Showground.
8:20 Half Marathon warm up with SOAR.
8:25 Follow the pacers around to the start line.
8:30 Half Marathon starts.
8:45 Metric Half warm up.
8:50 Follow the pacers around to the start line.
8:55 Metric Half starts.

Please arrive at the venue from 7:00am. Arriving early helps us to ensure that the race starts on time. Thank you in advance for your support with this. Roads will be closed completely from 7:45am. Race HQ and baggage are open from 7:00am.

If you are not local and driving to the venue please follow signs for the “Agricultural Showground” and use post code SY1 2PF.

Bib Numbers

All participants who signed up, up to and including Thursday 28th September, your bib numbers have been posted. If you signed up on or after the 28th September then your bib will be waiting for you at Race HQ on Race Day. Look for the “BIB COLLECTION” queue.

Your will notice your bibs show our finish line marshals your finishers t-shirt size in the bottom right hand corner. If you have chosen to plant a tree rather than take a finisher t-shirt you will see a tree logo here instead.

On the day parking

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

The routes

The routes are signed with high viz signage which both races follow with two exceptions.  Half marathon runners follow the high viz signage at all times.

There are two places on the route where metric half marathon runners follow a different route and these will be signed with blue signs with white arrows.

Almost the full first 3 miles of both of races are the same route. They split just before the 3 mile markers for each race.

The first place is:

At just before 3 miles into the race at the Welsh Bridge. Metric half marathon runners will run straight through into Victoria Avenue, passing Hickorys Restaurant on your left and into The Quarry. Half marathon runners will turn right and run over the Welsh Bridge into Frankwell.

The second place is:

When you return to into the West Mid Showground.

Once our two races merge in The Quarry, participants of both races will follow the same route all the way back to the Showground.
When you get back to the showground, half marathon runners will follow the high viz yellow signs with black arrows as you have done for the full race.
Metric runners with follow the blue signage with white arrows to finish.
You can see the difference between the two routes below.

The routes will be well signed. Due to the out and back nature of some parts of the route you will see signage which states to either “Keep on the right hand side” or Keep on the left hand side” and other instructions.  Please follow these directions as runners could be coming towards you. They are there for your enjoyment of the race and to keep everyone safe.

Partner offer – 50% discount

Gio’s Sports Massage Therapy treatments are specifically for rehabilitation, conditioning and development of muscles and tendons.

Fantastic discount offer for all our participants, why not book a post event recovery follow-up treatment.

Whenever you are ready to make a booking, simply follow the link below and choose Initial Consultation and Follow-up Therapy Treatment:

Use coupon code UKRC50 at checkout to get a 50% discount on your Initial Consultation and Follow-up Therapy Treatment.

Bring a Tin

We will be facilitating our “bring a tin” campaign again this year for the Shrewsbury Food Bank.

If you can, please bring a tin and drop it with the Food Bank team at their Gazebo.


Please read the official event pages which have both been updated especially all of the “What you need to know” sections on the links below.  These pages include all the race information you need.

Half Marathon
Metric Half Marathon

Huge thank you to our sponsors.

A-Plan – Now Howden Insurance
WR Davies
MJ & Co Accountants
SOAR Strength & Conditioning
Full Fibre

See you all on Sunday!

Joe and Team Shrewsbury Half.


Dear runner,

It’s just under 5 weeks until Shrewsbury Half & Metric Half Marathon and we’d like to welcome you to your event newsletters which contain lots of useful and important information in the lead up to race day, so please make sure you take the time to read these.

We’ll also be bringing you the latest event news, partner offers and plenty of inspiration to make sure you’re fully prepared to #RunShrewsbury on Sunday 8th October.

Love2Stay Discount

We’ve teamed up with Love2Stay to offer Shrewsbury Half Marathon competitors 30% OFF all stays with in October and November.

This stunning luxury resort is the perfect base for race weekend, ideal for families, friends and individuals. You’ll be able to unwind and relax, soothe tired muscles in the natural swimming pool and enjoy the beautiful scenery of this 22-acre resort.

To claim your discount make a booking and use code “L2S-SHM-23” at checkout.

Love2Live Discount

On the Love2Stay resort is their gym Love2live. If you are local and looking to join a gym then you can enjoy no joining fee until October 8th. Please contact Love2Live to take advantage of the offer on 01743 583124

Transfer of your race place

Just a little reminder that we can offer transfers but we do not offer refunds or deferrals. If you are unable to run and wish to transfer your place to a fellow runner please log in to the web address in your confirmation email. Here you can transfer to another runner. Transfers are available until 4 weeks before race day, closing on Sunday September 10th.

Change distance

We have had some requests to change event from the metric half marathon to the full half marathon. Again, to do this please login to the web address on your confirmation email, here you will be able to change the event you wish to participate in.


We have lots of great opportunities for volunteers at Shrewsbury Half for anyone wanting to be involved! If you know anyone with a few hours to spare on the day, we’d love to hear from them. Volunteer roles range from helping at water stations, in the baggage area, in the finish funnel, on course, or even riding the lead e-bike – it makes for a brilliant day with a fabulous team! Sign up to be a volunteer.

If you are running the Half Marathon then please make sure you check the “What you need to know” section of this page and if you are taking part in the Metric half then please do the same on this page. They have all up to date information for the event.