Our inspiration is the story of Kathrine Switzer and we are delighted that the Women Can marathon has been named the first UK partner event for 261 Fearless, Inc, a global non-profit social women’s running movement founded by Kathrine.
And our international charity cause is Free to Run, which uses sports to empower women and girls from regions of conflict. We want to raise money for and awareness about this fantastic cause!
See the pages about Kathrine, 261 Fearless and Free to Run for more information.
The Women Can Marathon is a chance for young and old, sporty and non-sporty to be involved at Tipton St John Playing Field on the day.
Early rising spectators can see the Nordic walkers set off on the course at 8am. Three-quarters of entrants are signed up as runners and tackling the whole 26.2-mile course – they’ll be setting off at 9am, along with the first leg members of paired and team relays.
Attention on the field then turns to the younger age group with activities organised by LED Leisure. Free music-based sessions called Born to Move will be led by Kate Thomas: “I want to help young people get moving and I love interacting with the kids," said Kate. "The classes are about using music and basic moves to use their imaginations, be playful and most importantly to have fun! Hopefully this will give them the right start to continue a lifestyle which includes fitness, not seen as a chore but something to enjoy and look forward to, and spend less time in front of their phones. A healthy child is a happy child – oh, and I love the pineapple song! Play or exercise? A child’s body doesn’t know the difference. But their mind tells them then they’re having fun.”
The sessions, which will be under cover if wet, take place from 9:30 – 10:00, age 4-7; 10:00 – 10:30, age 8-12; and 10:30 – 11:00, age 4-7. Find out more at Born to Move.
The first runners – likely to be the fastest relay team – are expected back to Tipton shortly after 12 noon, with the first full marathon runner, expected around 12.30pm. A steady stream of returning tired competitors will follow throughout the afternoon.
To help encourage them on the final 100 metre run-in and to entertain spectators, the popular City Steam Jazz Band will be playing from 1.30pm to 4pm, followed by local singers and musicians Chris, Vanda and Roy.
Refreshments, including Devon cream teas (of course!) and homemade cakes will be available to buy, along with hot and cold drinks. And there’ll be a licensed bar, open to all, provided by Beers by Post.
Entertainment and entry to the field is free throughout the day – do come along to this picturesque riverside setting to take part in the activities, encourage the runners, have some refreshment, relax, enjoy the music and have fun!.
Good locations to support runners on the route are at Sidmouth Esplanade, Ham end, between 10.30am and 1pm, at around 13.5 miles and on the Land of Canaan in Ottery St Mary, between 12 noon and 5pm, at mile 24 on the course, where tiring competitors will value your encouragement and cheers.
Women Can is a brand new marathon being staged in East Devon on 28 May 2017. We've come a long way since the event was first announced in 2016 - thank you to everyone who's signed up to take part and to our volunteers. It's going to be a fantastic day, a chance for hundreds of women to get together to celebrate that 'women can' and for new friends to be forged. As well as the event itself, there will be a marquee, live music and a bar at Tipton St John Playing Field, where the event starts and finishes.
We are extremely grateful to IP Office Ltd for being our headline sponsors. Their generous sponsorship means that Women Can will have a local legacy, post-event. Our aim is to create a legacy of improved access to running and coaching for girls and women in sport locally, nationally and internationally, through our charity partnerships. Our full list of brilliant sponsors and partners is here.
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Camping is available on the playing field where the marathon starts and finishes. The charge is £5 per pitch, plus £2.50 per extra person, per night. Prior booking essential by email to: email@example.com
Mazzard Farm Holiday Cottages (close to Ottery/Sidmouth)
St Mary's B&B (Tipton St John)
Ladram Bay Holiday Park (Near Sidmouth)
There are some opportunities over the event weekend for informal, paid for, accommodation (mostly en suite) within Tipton village, some properties within walking distance of the start. If you're interested, email firstname.lastname@example.org
This page will be updated regularly - as will our news page - with all the latest information as we count down to Women Can 2017. Runners should visit the Runners Info page for details of the course. The Location page has photos and maps of the course which takes in the Devon countryside, the South West Coast Path on the Jurassic Coast and the towns of Sidmouth and Ottery St Mary.
Please use the form on the Contacts page to get in touch with the Women Can team.