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New Swindon Half Marathon 2021
At the heart of the South West's huge running community, and with a famously fast course, Swindon is the perfect place for your next half marathon. Starting and finishing in the Town centre, the closed-road Nationwide Building Society New Swindon Half Marathon is mostly flat, with an incredible downhill final mile!
The route takes you past some of the town's attractions - the beautifully restored Grade II listed Museum of the Great Western Railway, the Magic Roundabout - voted 4th scariest junction in Britain - and the charming Old Town, the cultural heart of Swindon.
The race won the Bronze award in the 2018 Running Awards Best Half Marathon Category (< 5000 participants) and continues to grow each year.
Runners will be allocated specific arrival and start times
• Arrival and start times are based on pace to allow us to manage run-course capacity and reduce overtaking
• There will be no bag drop facility available – plan to leave belongings in your car or with a spectator who can meet you shortly after you finish
• Once admitted to the event site, you’ll stay in socially-distanced lanes all the way to the start line via the loos
• You’ll cross the start line with social distance space around you, on to the super-wide closed-road course with space for overtaking
• Spectators will be limited to areas where there is sufficient space for social distancing and safe access
• At the finish, you’ll pass by self-service medal collection and should clear the event site as quickly as possible to allow for runners behind you. Head straight back to your vehicle or onwards for celebratory food and drink!
More details on how we’ll manage your event experience including answers to all common questions are available here.
What happens if local restrictions change and the event can’t go ahead? All runners will be offered the option to defer their entry to 2021 to keep a place guaranteed (and saving money on the 2021 price rise), or have a full refund.
Places are strictly limited in each wave – enter now or miss your chance!
All finishers will receive a medal
Prizes will be awarded to the top three runners overall and the top runner in each of the veteran categories (V40/V50/V60/V70) for both males and females
Portable toilets will be available at the start and finish area
Marshals will be present on the course throughout the race
The route will be clearly indicated with arrows, tape and distance markers
There will be water stations on the route at regular intervals - water will be provided in recyclable plastic cups
All runners will receive water and snacks on finishing the race
Swindon County Ground, Swindon, Wiltshire
By road: The ground is well signposted in and around Swindon town centre. Just follow signs for 'The County Ground'.
From the North:
A419 from Cricklade/Cirencester/M5: Continue on the A419 until reaching the top of the 3 lane stretch of dual-carriageway, which runs uphill. (Stay in the inside lane as the exit approaches quickly). Take the exit at the top of the hill (Lady Lane Junction). At the lights go right, then almost immediately at the next set of lights go left. Follow this road through the next set of traffic lights (passing the Motorola building to the right), then branch left onto the A4311. From here follow signs for Town Centre. At Transfer Bridges roundabouts turn left at the first and then straight over the second. The County Ground is on the left after the mini-roundabout.
From M4 Junction 15:
Follow the A4259 (Queens Drive) towards Swindon. Go across one roundabout and at the next take the first exit onto the A4312 (signposted Swindon/Football Traffic). You will see the floodlights of the County Ground over on the right, as you approach the large Magic Roundabout. The County Ground is on the corner of this roundabout.
By train: Swindon Railway Station has services to Bristol Temple Meads, London Paddington, Cardiff Central, Cheltenham Spa, Taunton, Swansea.
The County Ground is walkable from the Station and will take you around 10-15 minutes. Leave the station, cross the road and proceed up the road between the two pubs (Great Western and Queen's Tap), continue to end of road. Turn left, proceed along Manchester Road, through traffic lights as far as you can go. At the junction turn right. The County Ground is about 300 yards up this road on the left.
If you survive the Magic Roundabout then there is some street parking. Otherwise park at the cricket club (take County Road off the Magic Roundabout, go past the County Hotel on your right, you will see a small sign further down on your right for football parking, just before the mini roundabout) which costs £5. Post Code for SAT NAV: SN1 2ED
Swindon Town Centre also provides free parking for several thousand cars. The new car parks in Princes Street, or to the rear of Debenhams, are just a 0.4mile walk to the start and a 0.3mile walk from the finish.
The course is traffic free, on completely closed roads and paths (with the exception of emergency responders and vehicles with specific permission), so no cars or pedestrians will be allowed on the run course. Please always be vigilant of other runners, spectators, dogs, cyclists and other users of public footpaths and rights of way.
The town centre finish will be fenced from Regents Circus right down to the finish line. There will be ample space on both sides of the fenced area for spectators and pedestrians on both sides.
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