Carl Greenwood (pictured, #107) was among 4,327 finishers in 4:31:32 in the 36th Windsor Half Marathon last year and he looks like he was determined to enjoy his run through history. In fact our shy and retiring picture star finished fifth M50 (1:30:57) in 132nd overall and you could also experience the special atmosphere of this unique race if you get a wriggle on.
Windsor Half Marathon is set to go for the 37th time at 10:00am on Sunday 29 September. Entries opened on 1 April and already nearly 4,000 places are gone. With a limit of 6,000 you can do your own sums – time is of the essence!
Last year a dozen men finished inside 1:15 and the winner was Daniel Jarvis (Liverpool Harriers, 1:07:53). Four women broke 1:30 on the undulating course, with Louise Small (Aldershot, Farnham & District, 1:17:10) dominating to win by four minutes.
If you are aiming more towards two hours you will have plenty of company as around 2,000 runners hit that standard. The enduring attraction of this race is the route, with its hugely impressive Royal backdrop of Windsor Castle. The entirely traffic free course starts and finishes on iconic Long Walk and winds round and through Windsor Great Park, home to a herd of 600 red deer established by HRH The Duke of Edinburgh.
Part of the course is through Crown Estate private property, only open to runners on race day, making this a beautiful and unique event. All finishers receive a bespoke race T-shirt and commemorative medal. As befits the venue there are 'posh toilets' on site and quality food and drink franchises.
The main race is supported by the Sprite Sprint for 5-9 year old children at 9:00am and the Glynn Shefford Memorial Run of 2.5 miles for anyone aged 10 and above starting at 10:15am.
Windsor Half Marathon concludes Run Windsor Weekend with Windsor Women's 10K on the previous day – details here