The race is one of the oldest in the UK and 25th in the Association of Road Racing Statisticians (ARRS) list of longest running marathons in the world, see http://www.arrs.net/
The Inaugural event in 1957 was won by Ken Honney (Walton A.C.) in 2:35:51.
In 1964 Dale Greig (SCO) set a women’s world record (recognised by ARRS, see http://www.arrs.net/
In 1976 the race was officially opened to women with the Inaugural event won by A Lewis (Bromsgrove & Redditch A.C.) in 3:21:06.
In 1978 the race hosted the inaugural UK Women’s Marathon Championship.
Medal to all finishers.