Marathon Training Group 2018


The Marathon Training Group will start again on 6th January for our Spring 2018 programme. A schedule of runs is now on the SWRR web page (

This year, we are returning to hold the runs on Saturday mornings (unless otherwise stated) starting on 6th January 

 We welcome both new runners as well as those that have joined us in previous years

Due to increasing costs, we will be asking everyone for £1 per session in a similar way to the Half Marathon Group in the summer.
Please email Geoff Smith at to register your interest.

Look forward to seeing you!


In one form or another, the Marathon Training Group has been running for many years within South West Road Runners.
In 2014 the group branched out to become an InStep initiative, with runners joining us from Exmouth, Honiton, Axe Valley Runners and various RunEngland Groups.

Who is it for?
The group is open to all runners who are members of any of the clubs or running groups in the InStep network.

Set up for those training for a Spring Marathon, it may also be of interest to runners training for the Grizzly, or anyone who fancies a bit of distance and some company on their long runs.
We do not all run together, but we do run in pairs or groups for safety and to try to avoid getting lost (previously this has worked fine for everyone apart from the quickest runners, one or two of whom seem to lose their eyesight and/or common sense when running!)
We typically have runners ranging from those aiming to finish in under 3 hours, to 1st-timers who just wanted to get round - so everyone is welcome.  You can't be too slow, or too quick...

What is provided
Each Saturday, from January through to April, there will be a long run starting from Exeter Arena  - except that on some weekends we will encourage you to take part in named races rather than a training run.  We will be meeting in Exeter Harriers' Pavilion at 9am for a briefing on the route and to pair/group up into similar paced runners.  The runs will be subtly marked and will have a hidden water station at around half way.  Most weeks there will be a slightly shorter option available.  


Anyone interested in joining in, please email Geoff at for further details.  You don't even have to do a marathon, just come along for a long run and come back again if you enjoy it

Please note- All routes are subject to change owing to weather conditions. I.e. Flooding etc
Date Description Distance Comments
6th January 2018 Broadclyst via Bettysmead 12 Miles Cut to 11 due to Ice
13th January Countess Wear and Exe trail towards Turf lock 12.7 Miles Water at car park before Turf lock. Turn here. Route below
20th January Cranbrook and Broadclyst 13.8 Miles Water at 5 and 8 Miles
SUNDAY 28th January Teignmouth or Dawlish to Exeter 15.5 from Teignmouth. 11.5 Dawlish Get 8.47 train from St Thomas.Meet at 8:30 am.Details to follow
3rd February Rewe via Poltimore and Killerton +/- 16.5 Miles (flexi) Fulfords 5 Sunday
10th February EXETER HALF 13.1Miles No Group this week
17th February S.Canon/B.Speke/
U.Pyne circular
15+ Miles 2 water stations
24th February Killerton 20 20+ Miles 3 w/stations; see route below; marshals provided!
3rd March Starcross 17 Miles Granite Way Sunday
SUNDAY 11th March Bideford Half Marathon
13.1 Miles Race
17th March Exmouth trail 15 Miles Grizzly is Sunday 18th
24th March tba 17-18 Miles  
Sunday 1st April Long Supported Run at South Petherton Up to 22 Miles Details to follow
7th April Tba 16 Miles                                               
14th April Taper run-Danes Wood 10 Miles                                                
22nd April Race Day!                                                                        

Route for  Saturday 24th February 2018