Windsor Half Marathon
The UK's most picturesque half marathon! Windsor Great Park, the only Royal park managed by The Crown Estate, was once part of a vast Norman hunting forest which was enclosed in the late thirteenth century. The antiquity of the landscape is enhanced by the scattering of great ancient oaks for which the Great Park and its forest are renowned.
The course itself is all on road and quite challenging, with plenty of hills spread around the route, but remember, what goes up must come down! All this coupled with beautiful scenery and traffic free roads makes for a wonderful experience.
The event also includes The Glynn Shefford Memorial Run, which is open to anyone over the age of 10, so if you fancy having a short run (or walk) over approximately 2.5 miles then this is the event for you. There will also be a 50m dash (approximately) for 5 – 9 year olds, which will cost 50 pence. Entries can be taken on the day in the Administration Marquee. Numbers will be given out on the day.
Prizes for the first 6 Half Marathon runners, male and female
Age group category awards
Free Baggage drop
Free finishers medal
Free finishers Tshirt
Free children’s entertainment
Traffic free course
Food & drink franchises
Posh toilets on site
Toilets on course
6 drinks stations manned by experienced volunteers
Enthusiastic course marshals
1st Class Medical support on site and on course
Windsor Great Park, Windsor, Berkshire UK
BY CAR: Please allow at least 1 hour on top of your anticipated journey time. These routes have been pre-planned in consultation with the Police in order to alleviate traffic congestion. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Please exit by the same route.
FROM THE NORTH - Join M4 and travel westbound to J10. Take A329M to Bracknell. At Twin Bridges roundabout continue onto the A329 signposted to Ascot. At Heatherwood Hospital roundabout (near racecourse) turn left onto A332 towards Windsor. The route will be AA signposted.
FROM THE WEST - Leave M4 at J10 and follow directions as above.
FROM THE SOUTH - Leave M3 at J3 and follow A322 towards Bracknell. At first major roundabout, get in offside lane and take A332 to Ascot. At Heatherwood Hospital roundabout (near the racecourse) continue on A332 towards Windsor. The route will be AA signposted.
FROM THE EAST - Leave M4 at J6 follow signs towards Windsor then follow AA sign for Windsor Half Marathon.
If raining on the day of the race, please add 30 minutes to your journey time as parking will be restricted and therefore slower.
Follow the AA signs.
BY RAIL: From Paddington: change at Slough for Windsor & Eton (Central). From Waterloo: to Windsor (Riverside) via Staines. On leaving stations, walk up High Street into Park Street to castle gates, then down to Long Walk to start (about one mile).
There is free car parking adjacent to Race Village
Arrive early to avoid traffic congestion! Runners should aim to arrive on site at least 1 hour before the race begins; this will allow you time to park, warm-up and get to the start line.
9.00am Sprite Sprint – (5 – 9 year olds)
10.00am Windsor Half Marathon – Main Event
10.15am Glynn Shefford Memorial Run (age 10 and Over)
The setting for the Windsor Half marathon is one of the most beautiful in the UK, the start and finish being on the Long Walk within Windsor Great Park and with Windsor Castle as the backdrop.
The course itself is all on road and quite challenging, with plenty of hills spread around the route. All this coupled with beautiful scenery and traffic free roads makes for a wonderful experience.
The race takes place close to Windsor Castle within the confines of the Windsor Great Park. The course is two laps, one of approximately 4 miles, the other of about 7.5 miles with the remainder made up by the 1.5 mile Long Walk at the start and end of the race.
The course is best described as undulating. It has many flat stretches, but there are some hilly sections to make the race a bit more interesting. The final 1.5 miles Long Walk is particularly impressive. The impressive sight of Windsor Castle in the distance beyond the finish line is quite outstanding and not something you will forget quickly.
All Half Marathon entrants will receive their race pack prior to the event. This includes the timing chip which attaches to the race number which will also be enclosed.
Whilst the official organisers do not recommend the use of headphones whilst racing, usage is permitted. Please be aware that entrants are expected to be able to hear safety marshalls and other races to ensure safety.
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Starts on an incline. then round the back of the woods. all on pathways.
This race will be delayed if the royals are riding on the course, not for long though.
Pens are given as it is a large race.
That last mile never comes... You can see the finish from mile 12, and it is all down hill!
Parking on long, dusty, grass fields on site.
Don't think that it's the end of September it will be cool, this is quite the opposite.
Super crowds at the finish
Thanks for the review, I would just like to point out that the event hasn’t been an afternoon race for more than 5 years now. It starts at 10.00 am
First half marathon
Wonderful Windsor half
Try Windsor Half Marathon, you won't be disappointed...
Whether you are an elite athlete a club runner or a fun runner the Windsor Half Marathon (WHM) caters for everybody. I’ve had the privilege of competing at the WHM on 10 occasions since 2004. Only due to injury, foot and mouth disease, (not me, but risk to the deer) and an appearance at the Berlin Marathon, I have always made WHM my race of choice every autumn.
But why? Well it’s has always been a very well organised event, which hasn’t changed much over the years. It’s a safe traffic free and scenic course. Crowds are always friendly and enthuastic as to are the fellow runners. The weather has been fairly consistent and conducive to good performances over the years. It may be hilly but this adds to the interest and challenge of the event. If you are fit and conditioned to hill running there is no reason why you can’t run a fast time at WHM. My fastest WHM ranks 5th of 25 career HM,s at 67:06. PB = 66:13.
I look forward to returning once again this year for my 11th appearance. Last years event was the best I have contested in terms of quality and depth of the elite runners.
A well organise event
Great crowds, great volunteers helping around the route, start and finish is stunning and the bit in between is beautifully scenic. A little hilly in places. But that view when you turn down the long walk to the finish with Windsor Castle in your view I don’t think you can beat that. Liked the water bottles and targets for the bins. Loos didn't seem too overcrowded. Very well organised event and I'll do it again. Definitely.