Black Friday sales, which now seem to extend for a fortnight, may be occupying the headlines with tempting 'bargains' but there is one more pressing matter to attend to before the end of the month. Early bird discount entries for the 38th Windsor Half Marathon close on Saturday (30 November).
Race director Peter Heir has issued the stark reminder to prospective entrants with just over 300 days to race day. Early bird deals save £5 on standard fees and this means you can be part of this superb event for just £37.50/£39.50, if you beat the midnight deadline on Saturday.
This is a mass participation event with a countryside feel, due to the historic backdrop of Windsor Castle and Windsor Great Park. The last two races have produced 4,327 finishers in 4:32:00 and 3,861 finishers in 3:28:58 respectively.
Last year's winners were Bristol & West AC athletes Daniel Studley (1:07:47) and Charlotte Taylor-Green (1:16:52). Nearly 100 runners were under 90 minutes and two hours was beaten by more than 1,500 on the all-important chip timing system.
The Windsor course is best described as challenging, with numerous undulations to keep things interesting. Unlike a big city event, the main attractions are the 600 red deer who call this wonderful place home, along with numerous historic features such as the Copper Horse statue, Queen Elizabeth II statue, Virginia Water and Windsor Castle. Click here for detailed information
on the top nine course highlights.
Part of the course is through Crown Estate private property, only open to runners on race day. All finishers receive a commemorative race T-shirt and medal.
The main race is supported by the Sprite Sprint for 5-9 year old children and the Glynn Shefford Memorial Run of 2.5 miles for anyone aged 10 and above.
Image courtesy Windsor Half Marathon