Running Royalty: Windsor Half Marathon

, October 7, 2015

The regal grounds of the Windsor Great Park are a fitting place for a autumn run. Speckled with mature oaks and clumps of ferns, this patch of greenery shows off the seasons in spades.

A modest set of lanes traverse the path, providing an impeccable tarmac surface with curving climbs and shallow dips, enough to convince Windsor Half Marathon organisers to hold the race on the hallowed turf.

Starting at the midpoint of The Long Walk, the route takes a cursory glance at George III’s mighty figure before routing clockwise through the 5000-acre park. The result is a pair of 6-ish-mile loops, and a finishing straight to note.

Below is a photo of me shuffling up Snow Hill at the start of the race. More interesting are the results of the first male and female, Kojo Kyereme (1:07:50) and Samantha Amend (1:22:26). Amend went on to win the Chester Marathon the following weekend.