The Windsor Running Festival 2015 takes place over the weekend of 26th and 27th September and is set to attract runners of all levels and ages as well as supporters and spectators to Windsor Great Park again.
The Running4Women Windsor 10K takes place at 12 noon on Saturday 26th September and it is not too late to enter. Runners will also be able to sign up in the race village until 11.00 am on race day. One of the first women-only events in the UK, the Running4Women Windsor 10K is aimed women of all levels and all ages (minimum age 15 years) and will see beginners, charity runners and club runners line up on the start line. Entry fees are £16.50 for UKA members and £18.50 for unaffiliated runners, and the full event details including the Runners’ Information Booklet are available from the website www.running4women.com
The 33rd Windsor Half Marathon takes place at 1.00pm on Sunday 27th September and is one of the most iconic and longest established races in the UK, with all 6,000 race places sold out in May. Kojo Kyreme, winner in 2013 and newly crowned Masters (over 40) World Track 10k Champion 2015 will be on the start line alongside Alexander Millar who won the race in 2012. Toby Lambert will also be chasing a place on the podium. In the women’s field last year’s winner Samantha Amend will be looking to defend her title.
Nell McAndrew has been confirmed to take part in the Running4Women Windsor 10K and will be doing signings of her book “Nell McAndrew’s Guide to Running” in the Running4Women marquee after the race.
Both the Running4Women Windsor 10K and the Windsor Half Marathon take place on traffic free roads around Windsor Great Park, featuring a picturesque course with fantastic views of Windsor Castle. The start and finish are on The Long Walk, and the race village for both events is in Windsor Great Park (just off the A332) with a range of entertainment and catering options for the whole family. There is free onsite parking for runners and supporters near the race village throughout the weekend.
The Windsor Running Festival also incorporates the Sprite Sprint run where five to nine year olds run 40m (12.15pm, Sunday 27th) and the 2.5 mile Glynn Shefford Memorial Run aimed at runners aged ten and above (1.15pm, Sunday 27th).
ASICS and Alton Sports have recently been confirmed as official partners of the Windsor Running Festival and will supply prizes. It is also the first year that race pacers have been introduced for both the 10K and the half marathon, and a team from Xempo Race Pacing will help the runners hit their target finish times.
Lots of runners will be raising money for charity and the official charities will have a presence in the race village. CLIC Sargent is the Platinum Charity Weekend Partner, with Cancer Research UK the Gold Charity Weekend Partner and Help for Heroes the Silver Charity Weekend Partner. Bloodwise and The National Brain Appeal are the Bronze Charity Weekend Partners, and Alzheimer’s Society, Childlife, CRY, Daisy’s Dream and Roy Castle Lung Cancer Foundation are Copper Charity Weekend Partners.
Race Director Peter Hier commented: “This year’s Windsor Running Festival is nearly upon us, and we are looking forward to seeing runners of all ages and all levels in Windsor Great Park over the course of the weekend. There is free onsite parking for runners and spectators, and it would be great to see lots of supporters cheering on the runners and lining The Long Walk.
“I would like to express a big thank you to everyone who continues to support the original Windsor Half Marathon as well as our women’s only event. Windsor Great Park is a unique location set in stunning surroundings, and we are looking forward to a great race weekend. Good luck to all the runners!”
Sponsors of the Windsor Running Festival include Knauf, ASICS, Alton Sports, Xempo Race Pacing, Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead, everydayhero, Macdonald Windsor Hotel, Saka and Mars Chocolate UK.