Loyal subjects return to Windsor Great Park
Royal setting for Windsor Running Festival
Windsor Great Park provides the majestic venue for a two-day festival of running this weekend (25-26 September). The 17th Running4Women Windsor Women's 10K is on Saturday while the 38th running of the Windsor Half Marathon is the headline act on Sunday.
Nearly 1,600 runners completed Windsor Women's 10K the last time it was held in 2019 with victory going to Charlotte Taylor-Green (Bristol & West, 35:58) – read our race report here
Taylor-Green (1:16:52) bounced back 24 hours later to win the Windsor Half Marathon's women's top prize, while Bristol & West club mate Daniel Studley (1:07:47) added the men's title to a successful weekend for the Bristol club. There were nearly 4,000 finishers in the half marathon and you can read our report here
All the usual hallmarks of this unique race weekend return, including the breathtaking setting for the start and finish on the Long Walk, with stunning views of Windsor Castle. The 10K course passes the Royal Lodge and Royal School before reaching the statue of Queen Elizabeth II around halfway.
Windsor Half Marathon ventures further into Windsor Great Park on an extended second lap and full race details are available in this event Information Booklet
The famous Copper Horse statue (pictured above) will be a welcome sight on the second lap as it marks the final turn before the downhill dash towards the finish in front of the palace.
This year both races will use the half marathon finish gantry, so Windsor Women's 10K starts around 190m further up Long Walk, a measure that will be appreciated by those who find the opening kilometre on that deceptively tough climb a bit of a challenge!
Saucony is again the main sponsor with two pairs of Endorphin Speed2 given away at random to entrants in both races.
Look out for our race reports in runABC South next week.
Image of Windsor Half Marathon courtesy Joanne Tranter