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The Windsor Half Marathon produce two times. The first is what is called the Gun Time. It’s the official race time and is the time that the runner takes to complete the course from the time the gun was fired. Of course if you take say thirty seconds to cross the line this additional time is part of your race time.

We also produce a Chip Time (or Chip to Chip Time as it’s sometimes referred to). This is the time that the runner actually takes from the time they crossed the start line (even if they took thirty seconds to do so from went the gun was fired) to the time they crossed the finish line. However, this time has no relevance to the results whatsoever and is used for information purposes only.

As far as the rules of athletics are concerned the Gun Time is the important time, and this is what the results and prizes are based on, otherwise the race becomes a time trial where the winner need not be the first person to cross the finish line.

There is no official cut off time but please be aware that the roads are closed with in Windsor Great Park until 1pm after which the roads will be open, there will be minimal traffic on the roads and water stations will remain open until the last runner has gone through the finish.

Windsor Half Marathon event post code SL4 2BD. Please note that due to the size of Windsor Great Park this is not an exact post code of the entrance, however Sat Nav directions to this post code will take you to the A332 Kings Road/Sheet Street Road which is in close proximity to the race entrance.

The route is AA signposted.

Deferral of entries has closed for 2021 event

In the event of injury which prevents a registered runner from taking part in the WHM, we offer deferral to the 2022 event. This must be supported by a note from either a Doctor or Physiotherapist.  To defer your entry, you must complete the following steps.

  • To defer your entry, you will need to email joanne@running4women.com before 5.00pm on Friday 27th August 2021 with your supporting note, you will be added to the list and receive a confirmation email. Unfortunately, we are unable to defer any runners after this time.
  • Once added to the deferral list it is your responsibility to email us between 1st January 2022 and 11th February 2022 to request your deferral entry code for the 2022 event. This will be emailed to you so you are able to re-enter again through the online entry system.
  • Deferrals are granted at the absolute discretion of the event organiser. A deferral permits one standard entry to the same race as previously entered for the following year. Deferrals are only valid for the following year’s event and will not be ‘rolled over’ or extended. Deferrals may not be transferred to another runner.

 

If the race is cancelled due to Covid19 then all entries will automatically be deferred to 2022

Overseas Entrants Windsor Half Marathon. Please collect your race number from the administration marquee on the day of the race. There is a special designated area marked as ‘Overseas’ within the Administration Marquee for you to collect your number from.

No Your running number is unique to you and enables our safety team to access the personal details you have supplied to us quickly, if needed on race day. Giving your bib to another runner will result in both you and them being disqualified from this race. UK Athletics rules state: 

“Numbers are issued to the individual athlete completing the application form except with the specific authority of the Race Organiser. Athletes who receive transferred numbers without permission will be disqualified from the race. Both runners will be subject to disciplinary action by the appropriate National Association.”

No you don’t have to run for a Charity you can run as a normal entry 

You have to contact one of the partnered charities which are listed on www.runwindsor.com/charities  

To find out more information about the Charities click on the links provided on www.runwindsor.com/charities

Approximately 2.5 miles.

No, we do it as simply a fun run.

The Fun Run is for  ages 10 – 80 + year olds.

Yes, all  Runners receive numbers  and there are 2 trophies in each of the following 3 young athletes age groups, awarded to the fastest boy and fastest girl every year:

  • U13 Boys & Girls
  • U15 Boys & Girls 
  • U17 Boys & Girls
  • Age as at 31.08.2015

All finishers receive a medal.

No personal Gazebos /pop up tents are allowed within the Windsor Great Park site and any unauthorised ones will be asked to be removed from the site.

We do offer corporate hospitality Marquees if you wish to hire one. Please click here for more information

The finish area is one fairly large arena and it is really up to you to identify a place to meet your family and friends.

No, BBQ’s are NOT allowed within the grounds

Lost property is located in the Administration Marquee.

There is a Baggage Marquee with security volunteers.

The Half Marathon starts at 10.00am, the Sprite Sprint starts at 9.00am and the Glynn Shefford Memorial Run starts at 10.15am.

You should wear appropriate clothing that is suitable to run in and also take into account  the weather conditions on the day.

It is not advisable to bring a dog, but if you do they must be kept on a lead at all times.  Dogs are NOT allowed on the course during the race.

No, pushchairs are NOT allowed on the course during the race.

You should leave yourself enough time to be at the venue at least 1 hour before the start.  Please remember there may be road works, traffic problems en-route together with other events in and around Windsor.

Unless you are injured in any way and need ambulance transportation, there is no possible means of getting you back to the start./finish.

Yes, there is a designated car parking area for wheelchairs, but please note that this whole area is within the Deer Park and the going underfoot may cause a few problems (long grass).

Yes there are.

If you do lose your number and timing device, then please arrive early on race day and go to the Administration Marquee where you will be issued with a new Race number and timing device.

Results should be online late on Sunday evening after the race.

Your chip time is accurate for you personally as it is only activated when you cross the start and finish mats.

It depends upon the individual, but usually 2 – 3 hours.

You will receive a commemorative medal.

You will be guided through the finishing funnels at the end of which you can collect your baggage and enjoy the rest of the day.

There are no showers no changing facilities on site

Yes, there are prizes for the first 6 runners, male and female and also age group category awards.

You will not be allowed to start if you arrive ten minutes or more after the start of the race.

Although not recommended, personal stereos, IPods & mp3 players can be used at the Windsor Half Marathon. WHM follows UKA standards and strongly advise that you DO NOT wear in ear headphones or use audio devices during the race for your own safety, especially on road sections The Windsor Half is a 2-lap course and runners need to be able to hear our marshals who will ask the main field to move over as the faster runners and accompanying vehicles overtake them at speed on their second lap. We also occasionally need to get emergency vehicles along the course too. If you really can’t run without headphones please use common sense and show a duty of care to others. However, we endorse the use of Aftershokz and similar bone conduction headphones as these provides a safe solution allowing participants to hear their surroundings as well as their music.

No, you do not have to register on the day.

The timing device is MyLaps Bib Tag this device is already attached to the back of your number so just attach your number to your running vest/t-shirt and off you go.  It is very important to wear your number clearly visible on the front of your running vest/t-shirt. Your number must not be altered in anyway or covered by any clothing/tri belt. Do not bend twist or fold your number.

Yes, it is very important that you wear your timing device, it is the only way that we know that you have started the race.

SUBJECT TO CHANGE DUE TO COVID-19 REGULATIONS

Yes, there is a refreshment area for friends and relatives and also entertainment for the children.

For all accommodation information, please go to The Event – Accommodation.

Yes, there are AA signs around Windsor.

All competitors and spectators can park in the large car parks provided on site.  Car park directions can be viewed in the runner information pack by clicking here  (please note it is not a car park pass). Users of this car park do so at their own risk. The WHM will not accept responsibility for damage, accident or loss.

Windsor & Eton (Central) and Windsor (Riverside).  On leaving the stations, walk up High Street into Park Street to the Castle Gates, then down the Long Walk to the start (about one mile).

Yes, the car park is free to both spectators and participants. Users of this car park do so at their own risk. The WHM will not accept responsibility for damage, accident or loss.

There are water stations at 2.25 miles, 4 miles, 6.5 miles, 9 miles, and at the Finish

The course is tarmac throughout.

Yes, toilets are located at the drinks stations.

There is a Field Hospital at the Start / Finish together with First Aid points at all drinks’ stations and mobile medics on bicycles and motorbikes.

Details can be found on the website under ‘Course‘.

A Half Marathon is 13.1 miles.

Yes, there will be photographers on the course.

Yes, there is a lead car.

If you need to contact us for any reason, the Hotline number is 01782 388128 or use the contact us form.

No, there is no waiting list for the race as it is already oversubscribed.

Yes, you are allowed to raise funds for your own nominated charity.

Yes please, it is important to notify us if you change your address as soon as possible.  You have access to your registered data.  To change any details please go to the link which you will find on your confirmation email that you received when you entered online or email: joanne@running4women.com. If this is not done, we cannot guarantee that you will receive all race communications.

For advice, please go to The Training section,  where you will find a training programme.

If you do not receive your race pack, please email us via the contact us form to  inform us that your pack has not arrived. Then please arrive early on race day and go to the Administration Marquee where you will be issued with a new Race number and timing device.

Entries have closed for 2021 and there will be no entries on the day.

 

We have a limit of 6000 entries.

No Refunds are offered if you are not able to run. No refund can be given if the race has to be cancelled or postponed due to circumstances outside our control, for instance by order of the government due to foot and mouth. Your entry fee is invested in the cost of staging the event, and the main costs to contractors, suppliers, administration etc are already committed well before race day.

You can check by clicking the ‘Am I In’ section on the website.

Using the online system, but if you do not have access to a computer, you can enter by post.

Transfers of an entry to another person are permitted with the organisers consent up until 1st August 2021.  Please download an substitution entry form, the substitute must fill it in and send it with your name and address with a cheque for £10 made payable to Running4Women Ltd/Windsor Half Marathon and send it back to Windsor Half Marathon, 64 Wildacres, Wollaston, Stourbridge, West Midlands. DY8 3PH.  Please note entries to the Windsor Half Marathon are personal to the applicant.  Any runner who competes in another person’s race number will be disqualified and also if part of a team, this will result in the team being disqualified. If you would like to pay by Bank Transfer please contact joanne@running4women.com for the details.

Race numbers will be posted out approximately 3 weeks before the race.

Pin your number to the front of your vest, one pin in each corner.

The Race Pack will include your timing chip which is MyLaps Bib Tag which will be attached to the back of  your race number and a  luggage label to be used if required in the Baggage Area. The  Information for Runners PDF information booklet can download from here.