With just under 300 days to the firing of the starter's gun, the 37th Windsor Half Marathon on Sunday, September 29, 2019 is now open for early bird entries. This year's race sold out and there were 4,325 finishers in 4:31:32 as winning times of 1:07:53 and 1:17:10 were recorded.
Race director, Peter Hier has announced that the first wave of entries opened this month and there has been the usual scramble for places in what has become one of the South of England's top bucket list half marathons.
Route highlights include the iconic start and finish on Long Walk in Windsor Great Park, the backdrop of Windsor Castle and an undulating course on well maintained traffic-free roads, with a section through Crown Estate private property that is only open to Windsor Half Marathon runners on race day.
Windsor Great Park is the only Royal Park directly managed by the Crown Estate. The former Norman hunting forest was enclosed in the 13th century and a 600 strong herd of red deer was established by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Windsor is a fascinating town to visit with Windsor Castle, built by William the Conqueror in the 11th century at its heart. Other attractions include Windsor Guildhall, Queen Mary's Dolls House, St George's Chapel and nearby Legoland Windsor Resort.
Daniel Jarvis (Liverpool Harriers) and Louise Small (Aldershot, Farnham & District) were the impressive winners earlier this year as 120 athletes negotiated the hills in under 90 minutes.
For a reasonable £36.50 (£38.50 unaffiliated) runners who enter before 31 March 2019 can expect free parking adjacent to the race village; a bespoke finishers T-shirt; commemorative medal; six drinks stations; secure baggage drop; on course toilets; enthusiastic marshals; top class medical support; food and drink outlets and free entertainment for children. Finishers will receive a technical T-shirt and medal plus a bottle of water.
The main event will again be supported by the 50m Sprite Sprint for 5 to 9 year olds and the Glynn Shefford Memorial Run of 2.5 miles for anyone aged 10 and above.
Image courtesy Windsor Half Marathon