Run Windsor weekend enjoys a truly historic setting in Windsor Great Park, the only Royal Park still managed by the Crown Estate, once part of a vast Norman hunting forest which was enclosed in the late 13th century. The weekend comprises Boudavida Women's 10K Windsor tomorrow (Saturday 23 September) and Meridian Windsor Half Marathon on Sunday and runABC South will be present to witness events.
The 14th annual Boudavida Women's 10K
has established itself as one of the largest women's only runs in UK. This year's race starts and finishes in front of Windsor Castle and the iconic view down the Long Walk to the ancient fortress is one of the enduring memories for runners. The 2016 Boudavida 10K was won by Georgie Bruinvels (Aldershot, 36:21) and there were 879 finishers in 1:51:56.
Meridian Windsor Half Marathon
featured 4,408 finishers in 4:12:23 last year and is fully sold out with up to 6,000 expected to toe the line. Title sponsors Meridian Foods will do their best to butter up the runners with samples of their wares – organic crunchy peanut for this correspondent! Windsor Half Marathon has been with us for 35 years now and winners last year were Kojo Kyereme (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers, 1:07:06) and Lily Partridge (Aldershot, Farnham and District, 1:17:49).
Meanwhile, Ealing Half Marathon
returns to Lammas Park for a sixth year on Sunday and will bid to improve on its silver award in the 2017 Running Awards for the UK's best half marathon. The single lap course takes a tour around West London, passing through Montpelier, Pitshanger, West Ealing, Hanwell and St Stephens. Entries closed at 6,000 and last year's winners were Run Fast's Josphat Kemei (1:04:15) and Teresiah Omosa (1:14:46).
With the exponential growth in the popularity of running longer distances, the half marathon is the fastest growing event in the calendar. We counted at least 15 races at 13.1 miles in the runABC South race listings
brought to you in association with Sports Tours International.
Wherever you are heading this weekend make sure you dip into runABC South first. You know it will make sense in the long run!
Image courtesy Run Windsor