Wenlock Edge will host new marathon

Much Wenlock
Image caption People taking part will go to Much Wenlock

A marathon and half marathon is to take place along a south Shropshire beauty spot this summer.

The National Trust is organising the 8 July event along Wenlock Edge as part of the 2012 Wenlock Olympian Games.

Cravens Arms will host the start of the new challenge and people will go to Much Wenlock, widely regarded as the birthplace of the modern Olympics movement.

The event will be held in partnership with the Wenlock Olympian Society.

Former Olympic gold medallist Jonathan Edwards launched the London 2012 mascot Wenlock in the Shropshire market town in March 2010.

The society was founded in Much Wenlock in 1850 by Dr William Penny Brookes, who is acknowledged as one of the fathers of the modern Olympics and started the town's Olympian Games.

Baron Pierre de Coubertin visited him, witnessed the games and subsequently founded the International Olympic Committee in 1894.

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