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Marathon Number 453- Steve Edwards completes his 18th Shakespeare Marathon

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Cotswolds based Steve Edwards has completed marathon number 453 in his world record challenge to complete 500 marathons in an average time of under 200 minutes- 3 hours 20 minutes. Marathon number 453 was completed in 3 hours 12 minutes and 57 seconds – so Steve is well on target and for once this was a local marathon so he didn’t have to spend hours travelling as well as hours running. Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: cotswolds | marathon | shakespeare | warwickshire

Steve Edwards completes the Flora London Marathon – Marathon Number 452

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Sunday April 13th Cotswolds based Steve Edwards added another marathon to his name in his world record challenge to complete 500 marathons by 2012. He completed the big one – The Flora London Marathon 2008 – in 3 hours, 2 minutes and 35 seconds, well within his challenge time target. Well done Steve. Read the rest of this entry »

Tags: cotswolds | charity | marathon | shakespeare

Ebrington in the Cotswolds celebrates St. George’s Day with a Family Lunch

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Sunday 20th April 12.30 for 13.00 Ebrington Village Hall,Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire

St. George is the patron saint of England and St. Georges Day is April 23rd but Ebrington are celebrating the Day on the nearest Sunday with a traditional Sunday Family Lunch. Dress is an optional English Theme but it is certainly the day for having a red rose in your button hole whatever you wear.

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Tags: chipping campden | ebrington | cotswolds | food | gloucestershire | shakespeare

500 marathons by 2012- superman Steve Edwards is going for it in record time.

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Steve EdwardsCotswolds based Steve Edwards is aiming to run 500 marathons by 2012. Running them is not unique – others have done it before, believe it or not – but Steve wants to run his 500 marathons world record challenge in an average time of under 3hours 20 mins and this tight time factor is certainly unique.

Steve, who is lives at Moreton-in-Marsh has currently run 447 marathons at an average time of 3 hours 18 minutes so he is well on course for his target. He ran the Gloucester Marathon in 3 hours 15 minutes in January and his schedule for the next three months is as follows:-

Draycote Water Marathon Rugby Warwickshire – 17th February
Duchy Marathon Redruth Cornwall – 9th March
Dumfries Marathon Dumfries Scotland – 23rd March
Taunton Marathon Taunton Somerset – 6th April
Flora London Marathon – 13th April
Rotary Shakespeare Marathon Stratford-upon-Avon -27th April

Even this three month schedule means running a marathon on average nearly every two weeks!!

We shall be reporting his time for each marathon as it takes place but in May he will taking part in a special challenge – the Brathay 10 marathons in 10 days challenge – which will be outside his 500 marathons attempt ( I can well understand why) and we will be reporting upon this event separately.

As part of this 500 marathon challenge Steve is continuing to represent and raise awareness of the Spinal Injuries Association (SIA) and their involvement in the “Rebuilding Lives Through Sport” (RLTS) initiative. SIA, which is based in Oldbrook, Milton Keynes, is a UK charity dedicated to supporting the 40,000 people in the country who are paralysed through spinal cord injury.

SIA has been chosen as “Official Charity” for the 2008 Flora London Marathon and half of the money raised by the SIA’s London Marathon Team will be allocated, as grants, to encourage participation in wheelchair sport.

“Sport can play a crucial role in rebuilding confidence and relieving isolation following spinal cord injury but only a tiny percentage of people actively participate with any regularity.RLTS is a fantastic way of promoting the benfits of wheelchair sport both to people living with spinal cord injury and to the wider disabled community”
Source:Spinal Injuries Association

Steve began running marathons over 20 years ago and by 1990 had become the youngest person (at that time) to run 100 marathons. In 1992 he broke the world record for running the most marathons run in a single year running an incredible 87 marathons in the 52 week period with an average finishing time of 3 hours 14 minutes. Then came challenge number three which will coincide with the London Olympics and Steve reaching 50 when he aims to retire from competitive marathon running with the 500 marathons chalked up.

Training is obviously of immense importance to Steve and in some ways the marathons act as long training run when they come in rapid succession. However, midweek he is still out every night running some 30-40 miles per week.

“The marathon is widely known as the ultimate test of athletic endurance, 26.2 miles of running, a gruelling and punishing event that tests the limits of one’s resolve to overcome fear with sheer guts and determination”
Source: Steve Edwards

For the forthcoming Brathay “10 Marathons in 10 days Challenge” Steve can be sponsored on

Tags: charity | cotswolds | moreton | shakespeare | marathon

Much Ado About Nothing at Hatherop Castle

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16th July – 21st July Open Air production by The Cotswold Arcadians

The Cotswold Arcadians is a theatre group based in south-east Gloucestershire who stage large scale, open-air Shakesperian productions.

They have been producing these productions since 1991 and this year they have chosen one of Shakespeare’s most popular love stories “Much Ado About Nothing.”

The light-hearted plot hinges on lovers united and divided, a touch of villainy, the seemingly simple and ignorant uncovering of dark deeds, and ultimately,reconciliation all round.

Just as a love story should be.

This 2007 production is once again set in the beautiful grounds of Hatherop Castle and features the rich and sumptuous costumery of the Tudor period.

Hatherop Castle is two miles north of Fairford and eight miles east of Cirencester. The estates were first recorded in the Domesday Book. It is now a preparatory school.

The Gardens open for picnics from 6pm. Performances start at 8pm. and seating is in a covered, tiered grandstand.

The Cotswold Arcadians

Tags: shakespeare | cirencester | theatre

A CBE in Ebrington

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Ebrington resident Professor Stanley Wells awarded CBE

Professor Stanley Wells was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for Services to Literature.

Professor Wells is a Shakespeare scholar who has been studying and writing about the Bard for most of his life and is known as the international leading authority on Shakespeare. He is Professor Emereritus in Shakespeare studies at the University of Birmingham and chairman of the Shakespeare Birthday Trust in Stratford upon Avon.

His favourite play is A Midsummer Night’s Dream but he believes that the Bard’s greatest play is King Lear.

Tags: queen | cbe | ebrington | shakespeare

Romeo and Juliet – The Hidcote Play

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21st June – Hidcote Manor Garden

The Hidcote Play returns with an outdoor performance of Romeo and Juliet performed by the The Lord Chamberlain’s Men.

The Chamberlain Company built the Globe Theatre in 1699. William Shakespeare,being a member of the Chamberlain Company, became� a shareholder in the Theatre. Along with Shakespeare a group of men owned the Globe and this group was called Lord Chamberlain’s Men after a patron of the acting company.

Re-established in 2003 they are now a prestigious open air theatre company and the play� will be performed as Shakespeare intended with an all male cast . Their aims are to revive the traditions of Elizabethan theatre and to bring to life the greatest works of drama without compromising their meaning and integrity.

Seating is not provided so bring your own picnic and rug.

Booking is essential on 0870 300 0579 and tickets are £14.00

Tags: chipping campden | shakespeare | hidcote

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