Who is up for a lark in Windsor Great Park?
With six weeks to go there is still just about time to secure a place on the start line for one of the biggest and best running weekends in Britain – the Windsor Running Festival next month. Read on for the latest news and entry details for this prestigious celebration of all that is great about having a lark in Windsor Great Park...
Windsor Running Festival is different. What sets it apart is the women's only 10K race on Saturday (28 September). Men are banned – but welcome as supporter crew – from the Running4Women Windsor Women's 10K that sets off for the steady climb up Long Walk in front of Windsor Castle at 10:00am.
Windsor Women's 10K caters for women of all levels, ages and backgrounds including novices, charity runners and club runners. The event features great facilities, with a fantastic race village, free secure parking, children's entertainment, secure baggage marquee, traffic-free course, target time pacers, stunning surroundings and amazing views of Windsor Castle.
The following day your bag man can join you for the 37th Windsor Half Marathon with more time to soak up the history and appreciate the fabulous route through the only Royal Park managed by the Crown Estate, a former Norman hunting forest enclosed in the 13th century.
The half marathon is close to capacity with around 90% of standard entries sold. Highlights of the iconic course include Copper Horse statue; Royal Lodge; Royal Chapel; Cumberland Lodge; Royal School; Prince Consort statue; Virginia Water; Queen Elizabeth II statue; Windsor Castle and the ancient oaks for which Windsor Great Park is rightfully famous.
All half marathon finishers will receive a special edition Windsor Castle and Great Park themed T-shirt and medal and there will be six drink stations and toilets on the course. Just take a look at what finishing in 2:12:50 meant to John Everitt (#1373) and Derek de Goede (#1240) last year!
Also on the card on Sunday (29 September) is the Sprite Sprint for 5 – 9 year olds and the Glynn Shefford Memorial Run for anyone aged 10 or more.
Images courtesy Windsor Running Festival